Dancing Museums was an action-research project designed to foster and sustain long-term collaborations between dance and museums.

Dancing Museums sought to shift perceptions of what dance and the body can be in a museum. It discussed and challenged what a museum is – no longer a place where knowledge about others is produced, but rather a social learning space.

Dancing Museums was developed in two phases:

Dancing Museums – Old Masters, New Traces (2015 to 2017) and
Dancing Museums – The Democracy of Beings (2018 to 2021).

Throughout the research period of Dancing Museums, a collection of artists, dance partners, museum partners, research partners and collaborators across six european countries came together. Through a series of residencies, workshops, seminars and conferences they exchanged and explored ideas of developing a new generation of dance artists that can find sustainable pathways and promote inclusion to transfer and share knowledge about cultural heritage.

To culminate this research project, a new website has been created to document what was discovered throughout this period. The website also gives the project an ongoing legacy and serves as a place to stimulate change in the position of audiences and artists alike within a museum context.

You can access the new Dancing Museums website here.

Additionally, you can read more about the project and the UK resources here.


Project Partners:
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.

Landscape header image from How to be Afriad? by mayfield brookes and Mary Pearson. Image by Ben Harriott.