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Jardin d’Europe

(2008 - 2012)

Auteur: Dea Vidovic - Date: 29 avr 2010, 07:04


Jardin d’Europe is based on the success story of the innovative European contemporary dance project, danceWEB-Europe.

It is a good opportunity to develop a comprehensive new project with the objective of overcoming the precarious status of contemporary dance in Europe and building a reliable hub for contemporary dance and related art forms (visual arts, film, music, philosophy, theatre, fashion, architecture).

Jardin d’Europe is organised as a network of European dance institutions (dance training centres, dance companies or festival organisers), with a particular priority in Middle and Eastern European countries.


The network activities of Jardin d’Europe are planned in a period of five years starting in July 2008. Each year, the results of the accompanying evaluation processes will be used to reframe the process according to current needs. All the elements are linked together to support the qualification and professionalisation of the emerging players at a European level.

Jardin d'Europe includes various activities:

  • The Prix Jardin d’Europe - it rewards a dance production presented in the framework of an Emerging Works Summit. Every year, one of the co-organisers arranges a festival presenting 10 to 14 works of emerging choreographers, selected both from the European dance market and from works co-produced by Jardin d’Europe. You can find out more information here.
  • Critical Endeavour is an educational and workshop programme for emerging dance and performance journalists. You can find out more information here.
  • Ttt - Teaching the teachers is an initiative that aims to answer the need for new teaching and training methods in the field of contemporary dance, taking into account the various forms enriching dance creation nowadays, such as dramaturgy, scenography, lighting, visual arts practices, transforming movement into film/image, dance photography. Respective activities (e.g. workshops, lasting about ten days) take place twice a year at the relevant intiatives/venues of the participating co-organisers. Find out more information here.
  • Nomad Dance Academy – This education programme invites emerging creators from the field of contemporary dance and related professions, from around the world, to take part in a nomadic dance-research-exchange-creative process. Find out more information here.
  • SUSY aims to establish a sustainable managerial infrastructure for the production, mediation and reception of contemporary dance.
  • Scholarship Programme for Contemporary Dance is a five-week residency taking place every year in July-August in Vienna within the framework of ImPulsTanz festival. Find out more information here.
  • The objective of Jardin d´Europe Wild Cards is to encourage the transnational circulation of artistic development in the field of choreographic research and further education throughout Europe. It offers residencies, choreographic research with an established company, as well as scholarships for further education programmes to emerging choreographers and professional dancers. Find out who can apply.
  • For the full duration of Jardin d'Europe lasting from 2008–2013, the process will be accompanied by action research. Its activities will be documented and accompanied to ensure permanent innovation over the five years, as well as producing (film) material and publications. The projects' results will be made available for the European dance community via online media and publications. You can find out more information here.


It has been been funded with support from the European Commission Culture Programme (2007–2013).