Dancing Museums II – The democracy of beings was an action-research project (2018-2021) which was designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums, Universities and local communities to develop inspiring and long-lasting arts and cultural programmes that people in those communities want to get involved in. It was built on a successful 2-yr project called Dancing Museums – Old Masters, new Traces (2015-2017).
In a period of accelerated change, there was an urgent need for professionalism, shared vocabulary and a coherent conceptual framework that aimed to make sense of the many different approaches to audience engagement. In Dancing Museums – The democracy of beings, individuals and arts organisations aimed to share, improve, develop and transfer skills and knowledge needed to broaden and deepen connections and relationships with audiences.
The practice-led research group, composed of artists, dance organisations, museums and universities from 8 countries, looked at how the presence of dance can offer new ways of experiencing art and heritage and help audiences and visitors engage both intellectually and viscerally with artworks. The knowledge and experience generated throughout the project empowered the organisations and artists involved with the skills needed to implement meaningful audience development projects beyond the duration of the project.
To culminate this research project, A NEW WEBSITE was created to document discovories throughout the period as well as to give the project an ongoing legacy to urge a change in the position of the audiences and artists alike within the museum context.
Dancing Museums II involved 11 partners: 6 dance organisations, 2 museums, 1 university and 1 research centre, plus a multitude of other associated museums. Seven dance artists provided the creative engine for the journey. Dance4 was associated with the project as the UK Dance partner and Eleanor Sikorski was the UK-based artist.
Through residencies, workshops, seminars and conferences a series of resources were created through Eleanor’s responses and the responses of researchers who collaborated on the project.
La Briqueterie – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne (FR), Conseil General du Val-de-Marne – MAC VAL Musée d’art contemporain (FR), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (IT), Arte Sella (IT), Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (IT), Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia (IT), Tanec Praha (CZ), Dance4 (UK), Stichting Dansateliers (NL), Mercat de les Flors (ES), Bundeskunsthalle (DE)
In collaboration with:
Prague City Gallery (CZ), Boijmans Van Beuningen Boijmans Museum (NL), Musei Civici di Bassano (IT), Nottingham Museum Service (UK), Nottingham Contemporary (UK) Paris III – La Sorbonne, Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Grand Paris (FR)
Dancing Museums is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.