CROWD – international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations, together seeking to support dance makers who engage with communities as part of their practice.
Through hosting residencies and opening up space for discussion and knowledge development, the programme aims to support dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance-making to build their professional network, exchange experience with others in the field and develop their practice.
The Goethe-Institut initiated the project in 2021 and in the first year, CROWD supported 6 dance artists through residencies hosted with partners across Finland, the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany and the UK. The network has since grown to include more partners and artists and in 2022, CROWD supported 10 new artists through a programme of residencies across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
This year, ten selected dance artists will exchange and collaborate with the support of the network partner organisations. Working in pairs, selected dance makers will come together twice, each time for a two-week, focused residency in a new context. Alongside the residencies, between June and October 2023, the entire network will engage in digital, discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance.
The programme is open to artists based in Denmark, England, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE), or Scotland. Dance artists with a demonstrable practice in community engagement are encouraged to apply. The CROWD network is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and encourages applications from those from under-represented backgrounds. The network has bursaries and support in place to accommodate applicants with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.
There is a fee of €3200/£2800 per artist to include residencies (4 weeks), any preparation and the additional digital sessions across the year (approximately 5 sessions of 1-2 hours, TBC). Travel, accommodation and per diems (€50/£45 per night away) are covered in addition to fees.