Big Pulse Dance Alliance (BPDA) > Open air commissions (Europe)

Big Pulse Dance Alliance  / BPDA is a 4-year partnership (2021-2024) of 12 European dance festivals and institutions united by their passion to promote, strengthen and broaden the reach of the contemporary dance sector*.

With this series of Open Air Commissions, the partners aim to bring artists and audiences together. To present bold, captivating choreography that celebrates our creative imaginations through the power of the body in motion.

They are inviting Expressions of Interest from artists interested in developing portable, ecologically aware choreographic ideas with the 12 pan-European BPDA partners.

The co-commissions are aimed at a small creative team of up to six people touring to create / re-create performances with local participants in a series of public spaces, supported by the BPDA partners.

All artists / artistic teams should: propose a project that is as sustainable as it can be in terms of technical requirements, impact on the space, travels of the artistic team, etc. propose a project that has a maximum of 6 people in the artistic team touring to create / re-create the work in each location, include a member who is experienced at delivering large-scale, public performance have the majority of the creative team living and working in the EU nominate a lead person to be contracted. 


Up to 6 artists / artistic teams will be shortlisted and awarded €1500 to develop their proposal

A minimum of 2 artists /artistic teams will then be co-commissioned by a selected number of festival partners It is anticipated that other funding support may need to be sought from national or international sources for these commissions

Commissioned artists have the potential to receive additional support alongside the commission funds through research opportunities, production time and guaranteed tour dates for their work from BPDA partners.

Deadline for the expression of interest: 16 April 2021

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* The Big Pulse Dance Alliance partners are: Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany) • Dance Umbrella (UK) • Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) • Julidans (Netherlands) • New Baltic Dance (Lithuania) • ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria) • Torinodanza Festival (Italy) • Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Finland) • Sismògraf Dance Festival (Spain) • International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (Czech Republic) • CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway) • Danscentrum Sverige (Sweden)