Comune di Bassano is a public body in the North East of Italy. Its Centro per la Scena Contemporanea is a dynamic dance house dedicated to the development of the culture of contemporary dance in the Veneto Region
Comune di Bassano is a public body in the North East of Italy. Its Centro per la Scena Contemporanea is a dynamic dance house dedicated to the development of the culture of contemporary dance in the Veneto Region and its Operaestate Festival involves 35 cities and presents nearly 300 multidisciplinary performances and events each season in theatres, castles, parks, villas, site specific locations and museums of the territory.
The CSC is supported by MIBAC (the Italian Ministry of Culture), and many of its international projects and cooperations are supported by the Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens and Erasmus+ programmes of the European Union. It is therefore, more and more considered as a reference point for Italy.
It is the Italian member of the European Dancehouse (EDN) and of the Aerowaves networks, in constant dialogue with over sixty dance organisations in thirty-four countries of geographical Europe. It is also part of the Anticorpi XL network: the very first Italian network for emerging contemporary dance artists, involving 37 programmers from 15 different regions, and including projects supporting the artists mobility and creative researches.
In recent years, it has started collaborations, projects and dialogues in Asia, and it is also in dialogue and collaborates with many European and extra-European partners. Since 2006, over 20 European projects that involved the CSC as project leader or as one of the main partners, have been selected by European Union calls, setting a national record for international cooperation.
The CSC is devoted to the artistic development, community projects, productions, promotion of artistic mobility. It offers more than 35 residencies to Italian and international artists every year; and since 2018 the Residency Programme is supported by Veneto Region and MIBAC (the Italian Ministry of Culture).
It is committed to developing new and enhanced ways of engaging participants and audiences whilst continuing to focus strongly on building a sustainable future for dance as the Italian leading supporter of dance artists. It is committed to transforming and enriching lives through dance, to shaping where dance is going next.
The CSC is also in dialogue with many scientists, researchers, universities and organisations thanks to the Dance Well – movement research for Parkinson’s practice. This artistic practice, in fact, was born with the aim of including people with Parkinson’s disease through contemporary dance in the artistic and social life of their territories, and now involves hundreds of people both in Italy and Japan.