Dancing Museums is an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance and museums. With France’s National Choreographic Development Centre of Val-de Marne (CDC) serving as a central coordinator, and with funding from the European Union (EU) arts and culture support program, Creative Europe, the project was launched in 2015 (second period starting in 2018 with six participating countries). In 2018, its second term of projects began with six member countries, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain and the Czech Republic.
The aim of Dancing Museums is not to display dance as art works in museums but to use dance to create new exchanges with the citizens of the community. The projects partner dance organization teams with their country’s museums to jointly create programs led by one or two dance artists.
Since each museum will be different due to the circumstances under which they were founded, their surroundings, scale and the issues they face, the artists spent ten weeks in residence and worked together with the local dance center and the museum teams to come up with a program to fit the specific needs of the museum. Through the sharing of good practices between the dance organization and the museum, these projects make it possible to acquire the capabilities and experience needed to create new programs such as neither side had never employed before. And since organizations from various EU countries participate in the projects, they also provide artists with opportunities to cross national borders and work internationally.
Shown below are the combinations of artists, dance centers, and museums involved in projects during the 2018 to 2021 period.
-Ana Pi (Brazil/France) - National Choreographic Development Centre of Val- de Marne (France) - MAC VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (France)
-Eleanor Sikorski (British) - Dance 4, Nottingham Contemporary (British) -Nottingham City Museum & Galleries
-Ingrid Berger Myhre (Norway/Netherlands) - Dansateliers (Netherlands) - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Netherlands) - Ingvild Isaksen (Norway/Italy)
-Masako Matsushita (Italy) - Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy) - Arte Sella Borgo Valsugana (Italy)
-Quim Bigas (Spain/Denmark) - Mercat de les Flors (Spain)
-Tereza Ondrová (Czech Rep.) - Tanec Praha (Czech) - Prague City Gallery (Czech Rep.)
Also, universities and research institutions in Italy participated as research partners. On the website you will also find a variety of information posted, including an archive for 2015 to 2017, film documentation of workshops held at the various museums in 2018, performance films produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews with participating artists and coordinators, essays by researchers and artists, and more.