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Dancing Museums: Old Masters – New Traces

Dancing Museums: Old Masters – New Traces, is a project bringing together five European dance organisations and eight internationally renowned museums to explore new ways of interacting with audiences. From June 2015 to March 2017, five selected dance artists, embarked upon a two-year period of research and development and take part in a weeklong residency in each of the museums, providing regular opportunities to collaborate with their European partners as the project progresses. Throughout the project the dance artists have been supported by artist mentor Betsy Gregory. The aim of the project was to define and implement new methods to engage audiences and enhance the journeys which people make when walking through the rooms of historical artefacts and art spaces. Drawing the public’s attention to contemporary dance as an inclusive, communicative form, events will be produced where the protagonists are both the artists and the public. The events will place the audience at the centre of the experience, blurring the boundaries between spectator and maker; creative ways of using digital technologies will also extend the reach of the project.

Project coordinator: La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine (France)
Partners: CSC Bassano del Grappa (Italy), D.ID Dance Identity in Vienna (Austria), Dansateliers in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Siobhan Davies Dance in London (UK).
Museums partners: Gemäldegalerie Akademie der bildenden Kunste (Vienna), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), National Gallery (London), MAC / VAL (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), Musée du Louvre (Paris), City Museum of Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and Arte Sella (Borgo Valsugana, Italy).

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With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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