Bora Bora – Dance and Visual Theatre – Aarhus, Denmark
In Aarhus, Denmark, an elderly school building is situated between very prestigious flagship institutions like AROS Museum of Visual Art, the City Hall and the Concert Hall. Bora Bora is in that school building with two fabulous stages, one for 200 audience members, the other for 75 audience members. We programme contemporary dance and visual theatre with 25-30 different performances a year, as well as the Bora Bora Residency Centre with 10-12 paid residencies a year. Our dramaturgical project ‘Contextualizing Dance’ is about creating a more comprehensible communication with the audience without compromising on the quality and sharpness of the work.
Our CROWD residency will be in partnership with our neighbouring venues and we will work closely together with you – or rather: as close as you wish! Together with you and our local facilitator we will prepare practicalities, prioritise and foci. You will be accommodated in a nearby flat and will be invited to share a common lunch with our team each day. Between meeting different local artists you will be able to take a swim in the sea. But foremost you will have to know what you want to do while at Bora Bora.
Dance Limerick – Limerick, Ireland
Dance Limerick promotes, supports and celebrates dance creation, presentation and participation. Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick advocates for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick promotes the creation of innovative and ground-breaking work, and through it’s new DL.BRIDGE programme, devises imaginative participation projects with the wider public.
FABRIC – Dance4 and Dancexchange together – Nottingham, England
Dance4 and DanceXchange have come together in a formal merger, to form new organisation, FABRIC.
Our vision is to inspire people through dance, transforming lives, communities and places. We believe dance is remarkable and is vital in shaping the future. FABRIC will strive to inspire, increase and diversify engagement, co-create with the extraordinary people of the Midlands region, encourage creative leadership, develop talent, and celebrate the impact of dance and its place in public life.
Within our beautiful space at the international Centre for Choreography (iC4C), we create a safe environment for dance artists to explore ideas focused on open research questions and explorations, or to make and create. We work with artists to explore how best for them to spend their time at iC4C. We pride ourselves on creating environments that are safe and accessible for all individuals. More information can be found here or please contact us directly.
Dansateliers – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dansateliers is a house for the development of contemporary dance situated in a harbour city. It is a space for research and development and a home for dance artists. Dansateliers is a learning organisation, moving and developing together with its collaborators; artists, dramaturgs, creative producers, communication professionals and its audiences – always setting parameters for a safe environment and a good conversation. That learning attitude we bring into the collaborative projects we initiate or engage in; locally, nationally and internationally. Dansateliers focuses on developing emerging artists towards a self-standing artistic practice, (co)curates research projects and produces work. The organisation works with dramaturgy as a social and embodied practice. In the CROWD residency you will have the opportunity to connect to our community of artists, engage in community practises in place and have a dramaturg on your side. We will be sensitive to offering input and inspiration alternated with proper time to process and explore.
Dansverkstæðið – Reykjavík, Iceland
From its inception in 2010, Dansverkstæðið has been built with the integral principles of inclusivity and sustainability for the support and advancement of Reykjavík’s freelance dance community. Through our open morning classes, residency programs and collaborations with festivals and artists, we have built an environment in which everybody is welcome and open access is of primary importance. Our building, with its three studio spaces, was previously a service centre for the neighbourhood so accessibility is faultless.
Our CROWD residency has the possibility of collaborating with another space in the southern region of Iceland, allowing a connection to the Icelandic nature should you wish for it. We would also connect you with established local artists from the field of visual art, dance or performance art, which could expand your practice even further. Our hope is to forge a genuine relationship with the residency artists and offer them a chance to engage with the local community in a meaningful way.
Pottporus – Herne, Germany
Pottporus stands for the presentation and development of the Urban Arts in all its facets. Building upon 15 years of experience, the organisation works on the intersection of subculture and high culture to promote artistic diversity in the cultural landscape. Within the context of its dance theatre productions with RENEGADE and others, urban arts festivals and projects in public spaces, Pottporus is located in a network of well over 70 national and international urban dancers, performers, graffiti & street artists, digital artists and music producers. Pottporus – with its productions spaces and dance studio – is located in Herne, the geographical centre of the Ruhr area, the former industrial region turned incubator for the Urban Arts and Hip Hop Culture with it’s four basic elements “Word”, “Image”, “Sound” and above all “Dance”.
TaikaBox – Oulu, Finland
With over 15 years’ experience of combining dance and technology, TaikaBox is dedicated to multidisciplinary collaboration, facilitating a safe space for creative experimentation and developing new strategies for audience engagement. A significant percentage of their work is focused on developing cultural activities in their local community of Varjakka, which provides a beautiful, quiet, natural location in a historically-fascinating area. The residency will take place in the abandoned buildings of a ghost island, and amongst the residue of a thriving industrial community that disappeared in the first half of the last century. Travel to the workspace involves cycling, rowing a ferry and walking through the forest.
TanzFaktur – Cologne, Germany
Founded in 2014 TanzFaktur is an independent arts venue promoting contemporary dance, theatre and dance film. We work at a local, national and international level bringing the best of these disciplines to local audiences. Since 2019 our work focus on dance and theatre performances, somatic and physical practices, academic ties, professional development, mixed able bodies, physical theatre and new circus. TanzFaktur hosts and cooperates with Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, and Deutsche Sporthochschule dance department in the city of Cologne. Our international partnership with CROWD aims to work with community artists interested in our practices who can impact and help us strengthen the work we continue to develop around these communities.
The Work Room – Glasgow, Scotland
The Work Room is an artist-led organisation, committed to supporting a sustainable environment for independent artists working in dance in Scotland. Established by a group of independent dance artists, TWR’s mission is to empower artists to lead in their practice and make pioneering dance for diverse contexts at home and internationally. We seek to be a supportive meeting point for local and international artists, nurturing the development of new ideas and advocating for dance in transcending geographic and political boundaries. We relish our responsibility to ensure an expansive range of artists and artistic practices are visible and supported.Our residence is in partnership with Cove Park, an international artists residency centre located on an outstanding rural site on Scotland’s west coast. The artists will spend time at Cove Park and with The Work Room in Glasgow. It will offer time for reflection on community engaged practices in rural and city contexts with space to connect with our communities of artists.
Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts – Hammerfest, Norway
Davvi was previously involved with CROWD, hosting a residency and participating in the network in 2022. They are located in Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world with more than 10,000 inhabitants, north of the Polar Circle. Our main office and studio are situated in the Arctic Cultural Centre but our role is to support production and dissemination of performing arts in the wider northernmost region of Norway. The Artist in Residency program is a development program for professional artists within the contemporary performing arts field; choreographers, directors, writers and performers, as well as light designers, visual designers, scenographers, costume designers amongst others. The organisation is part of several national and international collaborations and the aim of our work is to ensure sustainable work and exchange possibilities for artists.
During a residency you will have access to our fully equipped dance studio 24-7. The building is all accessible. Our spacious residency house is close to the city centre with a beautiful view of the harbour. There are four bedrooms and all necessary facilities. Please note that the residency house has stairs.
Institutional and funding partners
Goethe-Institut – Germany, Finland, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark (and around the world)
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. Particularly through residency programmes, we welcome artists from across the globe to connect and create new work and knowledge.
Arts Council England – UK
Arts Council England is England’s national development agency for creativity and culture. By 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences.
NRW KULTURsekretariat – Germany
The NRW KULTURsekretariat organises and promotes innovative projects, festivals and program series in the fields of theatre, music, visual arts, literature and dance together with a large number of partners and cultural institutions in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and abroad. The NRW KULTURsekretariat’s International Visitors Programme, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia invites journalists, curators, artists, cultural mediators and politicians from all over the world to visit local peers in order to jointly build sustainable networks and, where possible, develop new projects and programmes.
Nordisk Kulturfond – Nordic Region
The Nordic Culture Fund works to support innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural life in the Nordic Region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality. Through this mission, we wish to stimulate the development of art and culture at all levels in the Nordic region, as well as in a global context. We believe that art and culture are without borders. In a time of upheaval, when nations close in upon themselves, art can act as a focal point that opens up and creates connections.
Creative Scotland – UK
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.