Dancing Museums IIThe democracy of beings is an action-research project (2018-2021) 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 builds on a successful 2-yr project called Dancing Museums – Old Masters, new Traces (2015-2017).

In this period of accelerated change, there is an urgent need for professionalism, shared vocabulary and a coherent conceptual framework that makes sense of the many different approaches to audience engagement. In Dancing Museums – The democracy of beings, individuals and arts organisations 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, looks 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 will empower the organisations and artists involved with the skills needed to implement meaningful audience development projects beyond the duration of the project. These practices will be shared and documented in all locations to build evidence and ensure consistency of data and anecdotal information.

UK Workshop – 8 -12 March 2021

The fifth workshop as part of the Dancing Museums II project titled, Acts of Social and Political Change: New Voices took place digitally from the UK and was curated and hosted by the Nottingham partners. The workshop week looked to broaden the understanding of the Dancing Museums II project so far as well as to explore the responsibilities of arts leaders within the social and political landscape.

As well as workshops and sharing sessions amongst the partners, there was also a public event –  Guest Artist Panel: Haunting Newstead Abbey. The artist panel included mayfield brooks,  Mary PearsonSeke Chimutengwende with panel facilitation by Season Butler.

The event was recorded and can be viewed here.

Throughout the week, we were also joined by live illustrator Temugen Gunawardena – who documented our journey:


The next Dancing Museums event is a seminar, which will take place in Rotterdam in May/June 2021.

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)

This first seminar will be hosted in Nottingham by the UK practice-led research group consisting of Dance4, artist Eleanor Sikorski, Nottingham Museums and Nottingham Contemporary.

Dancing Museums is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.



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