Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries.
Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.
Led by Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, the project operated under the umbrella of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) and was funded by the European Commission through its Culture Programme.
Modul-dance lasted from June 2010 to December 2014 and it was one of the most important sponsored EU cultural projects.
That dance continues to flourish as a confident, innovative and vital contributor to contemporary culture at all levels of engagement, within and across Europe and beyond.
A BEST PRACTICE MODEL
The modul-dance project took advantage of its partners’ specificities and variety of management models to maintain a permanent and sustainable network of cooperation that crossed borders and boasted a European vocation. The selection of artists created a map reflecting artistic excellence and aesthetic diversity.
Thus, modul-dance drawed on difference to create a commitment, a working model for the future of the performing arts and cultural management in Europe and beyond.
An artistic model: a community of European dance artists
Based on artistic criteria, each project partner proposed an artist in the selection processes that took place (2010, 2011 and 2012).
All the proposed artists were invited to a meeting with all the partners and artists in order to present their projects and see how modul-dance could support the creative processes. They became selected artists if more than 3 dance house partners were interested in collaborating in their projects.
After three selections, the project hosted a community of 52 European artists.
Besides, more than 40 artists were invited to carry out research work within the Carte Blanche programme at one or more of the dance houses participating.
Modul-dance offered them a framework to create and present their work to different audiences, linking diverse proposals, aesthetics and sensibilities under the same umbrella. A connection that provided regular interaction and exchange of ideas, for the present and for the future.
An arts management model: the modular system
In most European countries independent dancers and choreographers lack suitable structures and financial means to develop their creations and promote themselves in front of new audiences.
One significant determinant of quality in dance art creation is the lenght of time required for the careful preparation and completion of the different phases of the process.
Modul-dance was created and structured to address artists’ needs during their process of creation and allow them to make itineraries across Europe. Accordingly, the core of the project was the modular system, an organized model of support for dance art, creation and dissemination.
A cooperation model: a network for trust and collaboration between dance houses
The 20 dancehouses participating in modul-dance came from 16 European countries. They all worked together through a trans-institutional exchange network in order to support, both innovative and culturally diverse, dance art beyond frontiers.
Modul-dance was one of the projects developed by the European Dancehouse Network (EDN), which is the umbrella organization for most of the modul-dance project partners.
The aim and mission of EDN is to promote and present dance and artists cross borders and promote the profesional development of dance artists, dance infrastructures and dance as an art form, by drawing on the experience and strengths of each network partner.