CROWD - international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations, which seeks to support dance artists 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 artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making to build their professional network, share experience with others in the field and develop their practice.
Since its initiation in 2021 the network has grown to include more partners and artists. In 2022, CROWD supported 10 new artists through a programme of residencies across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
In 2023, ten selected dance artists (one from each host country, with two from England and two from NRW in Germany) will exchange and collaborate with the support of the network partner organisations. Working in pairs, selected artists will come together for two two-week residencies. Alongside the residencies, between June and October, the entire network will engage in digital, discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance. Further information about the exchange can be found at www.crowd.dance.
Artists with a demonstrable practice in community engagement are encouraged to apply in future rounds. The CROWD network is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and we encourage applications from those from under-represented backgrounds. We have bursaries and support in place to accommodate applicants with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.
The CROWD Partners
Goethe-Institut (worldwide), Arts Council England (UK), NRW KULTURsekretariat (DE), Nordic Culture Fund (nordic region), Creative Scotland (UK), Bora Bora – Dance and Visual Theatre (DK), Dance Limerick (IE), FABRIC – Dance4 and DanceXchange together (UK), Dansateliers (NL), Dansverkstaedid (IS), Pottporus (DE), TaikaBox (FI), TanzFaktur (DE) and The Work Room (UK).