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28 Jan. '21

Open call: CROWD - international dance exchange

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Applications are now open for the dance residency programme, CROWD – international dance exchange. The programme is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, in partnership with Arts Council England (UK), NRW KULTURsekretariat (DE), Dance4 (UK), Dansateliers (NL), TaikaBox (FI), TanzFaktur (DE), Theater im Pumpenhaus (DE) and The Work Room (UK), and invites dance artists from across Finland, the Netherlands, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (DE) and the UK to apply. Deadline for applications: 21 February 2021.
Taking place across the four countries during 2021, each artist involved will have the opportunity to collaborate with other participating artists to share experience, develop their practices and build their networks.

What this residency offers

The CROWD dance residency programme aims to support dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making to build their professional network, exchange with others in the field and develop their practice while generating new knowledge in the area of community engagement in dance.
Across the programme, CROWD invites six dance artists (two from the UK, two from North Rhine-Westphalia (DE), one from the Netherlands and one from Finland) to collaborate in two groups of three. Throughout the year, each group of three will come together for three two-week residencies, each hosted by a different institution. As a participating artist you will be grouped with two other artists for the sharing of practice and exploration of new ideas in the area of community engaged dance. No performance/product is expected so you are not required to apply with an existing project plan.
International exchange is an important feature of the residency programme: this call is aimed at artists with a collaborative outlook who are interested in how non-professionals can feed their creative practice in different contexts, across borders as well as how communities can benefit from engaging with dance and creative projects.

Alongside the three residencies that each artist will undertake, the partners will host a series of digital sessions exploring the artists’ research in greater detail, allowing those participating to disseminate their learnings and have feedback or input from other experts working in the field. Research documentation will be collected throughout and shared within the networks of the partners, encouraging international dialogue.

Key information

Dates: Deadline for applications is 21 February 2021. Applicants must be available for six weeks of residency time in 2021.
Location: Each artist will attend residencies in three of the following: Oulu (FI), Rotterdam (NL), Nottingham (UK), Cologne / Münster (DE).
Fee: 3600 Euros per artist to include residencies (6 weeks), any preparation and the additional digital sessions across the year.
Expenses: Travel, accommodation and per diems are covered in addition to fees. A small materials budget is available if needed. Alongside artistic fees bursaries are available to those with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.


This call is open to dance artists with demonstrable experience in engaging with community members in the ideation, creation or performance of their work. Participants must be based in the UK, North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands or Finland and will need to be able to work in both the UK and the EU. The organizing partners will support with obtaining visas (where required). The working language across the programme will be English so a reasonable knowledge is required. Artists are to take care of their own insurances (health, travel, etc.). Selected artists must be able to commit to the proposed residency dates (see form attached).


Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document to residency-london@goethe.de by Sunday 21 February 2021, including:
the completed form below;
a letter (1 page max) or video/audio (5 minutes max) of outlining your motivation for taking part, relating to your experience and willingness to share with and learn from peers;
a current CV or career biography (2 pages max or as part of same video/audio);
links to documentation of recent, relevant work if possible.

Applications must be submitted in English. For more information, contact residency-london@goethe.de. Selections will be made by the partners by the end of March 2021.