European Dancehouse Network Atelier: Tools for Transformation

Two-day workshop for all

2021/22 Workshop

In the context of the “Claiming Common Spaces IV: Cool Down” the yearly festival of the Alliance of International Production Houses will take place in HELLERAU. The atelier is opened to EDN members and others.

Together with artists and colleagues from theatres, public administrations and funding institutions, we will deal with these questions: how can abstract topics such as climate change, environmental destruction or extractivism be treated artistically? Do these topics also change artistic approaches, methods, the relation to the audience or the handling of time? In a second part, we like to raise the question how different cultural institutions, e.g. production houses, festivals, and foundations, can address these issues – which transformation processes are already taking place, how are these initiated and what models and strategies are there? And do these strategies differ in the individual regions and countries?  

In the atelier, we will address these questions using practical examples, in which artists as well as representatives of cultural institutions will present their own practices and questions and discuss these together with the participants.  

Among other, the artist Franziska Pierwoss will present her proposal for an Eco Rider. Further guests include Sebastian Brünger (German Federal Culture Foundation), Kieron Jinna (choreographer, ZA), Romuald Krężel, René Alejandro Huari Mateus (artists, PL/CO/DE), Franziska Pierwoss (artist, DE), Ulrike Cadot-Knorr (City of Dresden) and others.

Additionally, there will be the opportunity for participants to see some productions in the context of the festival “Cool Down”, as well as to get in touch with artists and organisers in Dresden and HELLERAU. Register here by 15.06!

Thursday, 07.07.

10:00 – 10:30 Arrival, Check-in

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote: Sebastian Brünger, German Federal Culture Foundation (online)

11:00 – 11:30 Intro, schedule

11:30 – 13:00 Practical Input: Franziska Pierwoss, The Eco Rider Proposal

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:30 Group work: best practice in institutions

Group a) Rosa Müller, HELLERAU

Group b) Ulrike Cadot-Knorr, City of Dresden

Group c) Stefanie Schwimmbeck, Network Sustainability in the Performing Arts 

16:30 – 17:00 break

17:00 – 18:00 Wrap-up day 1, with Bettina Weber, Konglomerat Dresden

18:00 – 20:00 Dinner


Friday, 08.07.

10:00 – 10:30 Arrival

10:30 – 12:30 Group work: artistic proposals

Group a) Romuald Krezel, René Alejandro Huari Mateus (PL/CO)

Group b) Mariela Nestora (GR)

Group c) Kieron Jina (ZA)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Wrap Up / End

Moderation: Anikó Racz (Budapest/HU)


How to participate as EDN member? 

EDN will cover three nights of accommodation and per diems (3 days), together with a 300€ fixed travel contribution, for up to 7 EDN participants. Participation fee of 150€ will be invoiced to your dancehouse. Registrations will be available in the following weeks on EDN website. As EDN member, you can express your interest by clicking this link. 

How to participate as a non-EDN member? 

The atelier is aimed at professional artists and cultural practitioners in the extended dance and performing arts field. Participation in the Atelier is free of charge, only the participation in the meals will be charged. Travel and accommodation must be organised by the participants themselves.