ABOUT: The Partners

Bureau Ritter (Lead Partner) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation that develops innovative cultural policy strategies and sustainable funding programmes in the arts, culture and education. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is a long-time funder of our activities: TANZPLAN DEUTSCHLAND (Dance Plan Germany), 2005–2011, was a groundbreaking initiative for structural change that mobilized 21 million euros for dance, and the projects TANZFONDS ERBE (Dance Heritage Fund), TANZPAKT (Dance Pact) and TANZPAKT RECONNECT raised over 25 million euros in funding. Madeline Ritter is Bureau Ritter’s founder and its artistic and executive director. From 2016–2019, Bureau Ritter was the lead partner of the 1st phase of the Creative Europe-funded cooperation project Dance On, Pass On, Dream On.

Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam trains talented and driven dancers, musicians and circus performers to become dedicated and inspiring artists, ready to spread their wings in a dynamic, international context. Codarts combines the oldest traditions and the latest trends in professional arts education. Its mission is based on six principles: craftsmanship, self-management, diversity, inquisitiveness, sustainability, and connectivity. Students immediately apply everything they learn, developing their own projects and performing in shows and concerts. From the very start they learn to both take and share responsibility. The university is firmly rooted in Rotterdam, with a tradition of passing on diverse culture, styles and disciplines to new generations of performing artists.

Compagnie Jus de la Vie | Age on Stage and its artistic director, the Stockholm-based dancer and choreographer Charlotta Öfverholm, have been creating work for more than 20 years – over 25 dance productions that have toured all over the world. Jus de la Vie produces dance theatre that has been described as brutal and physical, but at the same time as tender and touching. Charlotta Öfverholm dances, choreographs, commissions other choreographers, teaches workshops, and curates unique festivals and international meeting points tackling the issue of age on stage. Age on Stage is also the name of the company she has founded for dancers over 45.

Holland Dance Festival is the largest international dance festival in The Netherlands. Its formula of See, Do, Experience has made Holland Dance a familiar and highly regarded name in the dance world and among the public. From its inception, its prime objective was putting together a programme at the highest possible artistic level, and that goal has remained unchanged over the years. Holland Dance provides a stage not only for big, internationally famed dance companies, but also for smaller groups and individual dance artists who have carved out their own unique place in the dance world. The range is unlimited: All styles are programmed, from urban dance to classical ballet, and from tango to modern dance.

Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia is part of the international network and platform Nomad Dance Institute, which was founded in Belgrade in 2005 and operates across the Balkan region. NDA Slovenia produces dance works and art projects, curates festivals, and aims to influence cultural policy in the region. Three principles govern the organisation: The invitation principle (which ensures that the board is continually refreshed with new personalities), the principle of balance (according to nationalities, gender, and art forms), and the principle of empty space, which stipulates that not everything is set, leaving space to be filled with ideas.

Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant year-round programme of dance of every kind – from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance – bringing the best of international and British dance to audiences at its three theatres in London. It commissions and produces original new work and tours it to major arts venues around the world. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage. Sadler’s Wells’ goal is to grow the public’s enjoyment and understanding of dance by making dance relevant, meaningful and enriching. At the same time it seeks to develop the art form by supporting artists and the creation of exciting new work.

STUK House for Dance, Image & Sound is one of the major Arts Centres in Flanders. Based in Leuven, a dynamic university town, it is a renowned hub for contemporary dance with an international reach, closely linked to the Brussels dance scene. It offers a balanced dance programme that combines international reference work and exciting new forms. The audience of STUK is equally mixed: next to students and adults, STUK has a young audience programme and invests in engaging audiences from diverse backgrounds. The presentation of artistic work in an inspiring context is key: artists develop and create new work in STUK by means of laboratories and residencies, while amateurs and professionals take part in workshops, educational activities and discursive events.

Mercat de les Flors is Barcelona’s iconic and historic dance house. Established as a public consortium created by Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia, supported by the Ministry of Culture, it is a hub for the promotion of movement arts. Its aim is to be a reference point for all artistic disciplines related to movement, principally dance but also circus, visual and physical theatre. As well as serving as an important venue for performances by national and international companies, Mercat is committed to supporting and promoting new initiatives and local artists. To achieve this, the dancehouse joins forces with other key players and Catalan, Spanish and international institutions, both in public and private spheres, in the fields of contemporary thought and culture.

Station Service for Contemporary Dance is a self-organised, bottom-up initiative by the contemporary dance and performing arts community in Serbia. Established in 2005, it has been working to strengthen, structure, and recognise the community. One of its ultimate goals is to provide reasonable and professional working conditions to all active participants in the scene. Station supports the development of the contemporary dance scene in Serbia through education and the promotion of emerging and established artists, dancers and choreographers. It advocates for cultural cooperation in the Balkans and its work with the platform Nomad Dance Academy is an example of successful regional collaborative platforms.

KUMQUAT Productions is a Paris-based production office for the production, management and promotion of artistic projects, especially in the field of performing arts (dance, theatre, performance, music). With more than 30 years of experience and dedicated to truly collaborative ways of working, it provides support and opportunities for challenging artistic voices to be heard and engaged. Operating on a national and international level, KUMQUAT accompanies artist’s careers, produces and promotes their work, initiates and organizes context programs and international network meetings. KUMQUAT is currently representing independent artists promoting the work of the Dance On Ensemble and Nederlands Dans Theater.

Onassis Stegi (ARIONA HELLAS) is Athens’ cultural space. It hosts events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts, from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts to the written word. Its emphasis is on contemporary cultural expression, supporting Greek artists, cultivating international collaborations and educating audiences of all ages through life-long learning. In addition, on an annual basis, it plans and coordinates international tours and exchanges for Onassis Stegi’s productions and promotes awareness and interaction between science, innovation and the arts. The educational programmes and actions that complement Stegi’s programme of events seek to cultivate a more informed public increasingly open to new directions in the arts.