Jardin d’Europe is a European project – supported by the Culture Programme 2008-2013 of the European Union – dedicated to the establishment of a sustainable European infrastructure for the professionalisation of emerging dancers, choreographers, dance administrators and dance writers. Its main objective is not only to organise individual arts projects but to also make them a driving force in an emerging dance market throughout Europe.
Jardin d’Europe is organised as a network of European dance institutions (dance training centres, dance companies or festival organisers) with a particular priority in Middle and Eastern European Countries:
Main Organizer: DanceWEB (Viena/Austria), www.dancewebeurope.net
• 4CULTURE/RO, www.4culture.ro
• Bimeras Culture Foundation/TR, www.bimeras.org
• CCN Montpellier/FR, www.mathildemonnier.com/fr/
• Cullberg Ballet/SE, www.cullbergbaletten.se
• Lokomotiva/MK, www.lokomotiva.org.mk
• Southbank Centre/UK, www.southbankcentre.co.uk
• Station/YU, www.dancestation.org
• Ultima Vez/BE, www.ultimavez.com
• Workshop Foundation/HU, www.wsf.hu
Jardin d’Europe is based on the success story of the European project danceWEB-Europe, which – with the support of the European Union – enabled a break-up of innovative actions with a recognized European added value in the field of production and dissemination of contemporary dance. The nine main programme elements are:
1) Prix Jardin d’Europe:
Every year, each co-organiser realises 1-2 co-productions of emerging choreographers, 4 of which will be nominated for the Prix Jardin d’Europe Emerging Works Summit hosted by changing coorganisers in a European capital. There, these 4 works will be presented along with 8 other European creations of emerging choreographers to an international audience. The Prix Jardin d’Europe can be seen as the flagship of the project. By using the EU-label (and funds) in their countries, the co-organisers will facilitate the compilation of additional national or regional resources (To make visible the added value of this project element: It is foreseen to bring in 1/3 of the resources from the EU-funding, but 2/3 from national partners) to produce evening-length works of emerging choreographers involving artists/collaborators from at least 3 EU member states respectively associated countries.
2) Critical Endeavour:
Co-productions are not only presented to a dance affiliated audience. They will also be reviewed by 10 emerging dance journalists complementing each “Prix Jardin d’Europe” festival: Each co-organiser nominates one emerging dance journalist to watch all the works and to write about them. In addition to publishing the reviews on the website of Jardin d’Europe, the host of the Prix Jardin d’Europe is encouraged to establish links with local/regional/national newspapers to publish the reviews also in print. Moreover, the emerging dance journalists (with the assistance of the co-organisers) are encouraged to approach national or international dance magazines to commission their reviews. To give respective incentives and know how, experienced dance writers are invited to the Prix Jardin d’Europe festival to coach the emerging dance journalists. It will be then the invited emerging dance journalist to nominate one choreography for the Prix Jardin d’Europe thus awarding the choreographer with a one month residency at one of the co-organisers plus an additional prize money raised from private businesses.
3) ttt (teaching the teachers):
Within the European contemporary dance scene it is a commonly held view that there is a considerable lack of new teaching and training methods. Many dancers and choreographers are searching for good opportunities to share professional experiences and by that experimenting with new approaches. It is their experience that most of the innovative and dynamic tendencies (related to dance nowadays, such as dramaturgy, stenography, lightning, transforming movement into film/image, dance photography) are born in the environment of the dance scene at the moment. The individual ttt sessions will take place in close cooperation with university and extra-university research institutions, which will have the task to assess and to keep records of the methods being applied (via writing, filming, blogging). The written results will be published not only in the language of the host country but also in English in order to enable the widest possible distribution of the results.
As an initative designed to establish a professional, socially relevant and well-connected contemporary dance scene in the Balkan countries, NOMAD develops activities on the level of education, research, artistic exchange and information exchange with its partners in 6 countries. Besides, it gives support to capacity building in less developed environments in this area (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania).
5) SuSy (Support System):
This programme element is envisaged to establish a sustainable managerial infrastructure for the production, mediation and reception of contemporary dance by enabling internships for emerging administrators at the coorganisers institutions for 6-10 months at the extent of approx. 25h/week.
As the Scholarship Programme within ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival one of the most important and successful training experiences of emerging dancers and choreographers in Europe (more than 1000 applications annually!). 65 dance artists from all over Europe are selected each summer to participate in the activities of ImPulsTanz thus enjoying a five week compendium of workshops, performances and individual coaching.
The intention of these residencies tries to meet the needs respective to the current way of working of most of the young dancers and choreographers who are not able – or not wanting – to create their own dance company but being involved in temporary projects. These residencies are offered by the co-organisers and will take place at their venues.
8) SCHNEE (Scholarship Network Europe):
This “wild card” system is linking up further education programmes of participating co-organisers and nominating at least ten eminently talented artists each year to take part in fully individualised 3-5 weeks research activities.
9) Action Research:
For the duration of Jardin d’Europe lasting from 2008 – 2013, the process will be accompanied by action research in the frame of a self-innovating structure. As the project takes place in a dynamically changing environment for which nobody is able to forecast how it will look like within the next five years, the introduction of phases of internal reflection seem to be indispensable. Each year, every action of Jardin d’Europe will be accompanied by qualified artists/writers/dramaturges/ administrators to comment on the processes and results of the actions.