Italian partners

FONDAZIONE FABBRICA EUROPA Firenze – project leader

Fabbrica Europa was established in Florence with the aim of promoting contemporary artistic production, supporting and developing its most innovative languages. Since 1994 it has organized the Fabbrica Europa multidisciplinary festival, a unique experience with international artists and companies that has helped to create a network of collaborations that, starting from Florence, has expanded at the European and extra-European level. In addition to the 29 editions of the Festival, in which it has investigated the national and international performance scene, Fabbrica Europa over the years has carried out numerous transnational projects to experiment with innovative ways of creating and supporting artistic production. Fabbrica Europa has always focused on two main levels: on the one hand, giving space to the most interesting names on the contemporary scene; on the other, promoting the internationalization of young Italian artists by involving them, thanks to its network of collaborations, in exchange projects, residencies and trans-national co-productions.


CapoTrave/Kilowatt is a cultural organization specialized in audience engagement practices and audience development activities. Since 2014 it has been leading the European project “Be SpectACTive!”, supported by the Creative Europe programme in 2014 and in 2018 (until 2023). CapoTrave/Kilowatt, together with Armunia, manages the Residency Centre of the Tuscany Region that hosts over twenty national and international residencies every year. The best-known activity of the organization is the “Visionari” project from which the national network “L’Italia dei Visionari” has stemmed, which has spread the “Visionari” practice in 9 other organizations. “Visionari” is an audience engagement process that involves a group of active spectators who select nine works of the Kilowatt Festival artistic programming. The Festival, which in 2022 has reached its twentieth edition, focuses on the new languages of the contemporary scene.


Associazione Culturale Danza Urbana has been operating for over twenty years in organizing cultural initiatives and promoting contemporary dance in public places and unconventional spaces. It promotes projects that support local artists and emerging Italian and international choreography. Since 1997 it has been organizing in Bologna “Danza Urbana – Festival Internazionale di Danza nei paesaggi urbani”, the first event in Italy specifically dedicated to the relationship between choreography and urban spaces. The Festival was part of the “Bologna 2000. European City of Culture” official programme and various European projects. Danza Urbana is active in the creation and development of territorial, national and international networks, including CQD – Ciudades Que Danzan and Anticorpi with the Danza Urbana XL action, a project for the promotion and circulation in Italy of creations for non-theatrical spaces. In 2021 it developed Dancescapes, a project aimed at supporting the research, creation and internationalization of urban dance works.


LIS LAB is an organisation that since 2011 has been organizing human and site-specific projects in the Lake Maggiore area to let the public experience the new languages of performing arts and dance. LIS LAB combines promotion, training and production of projects related to contemporary languages with the enhancement of the territory through innovative artistic activities and actions. LIS LAB brings together its planning in CROSS Project which is structured into three main activities: CROSS Festival, a multidisciplinary event which is focused on contemporary dance; CROSS Award, an international award that addresses performing arts first works; CROSS Residence, a programme of artistic residencies, with a focus on the relationship between artistic creation and territory. Over the years CROSS has collaborated with numerous international organisations through residency and co-production projects. It is currently the only Italian partner of ASEF Asia-Europe Foundation thanks to an agreement with, an online platform that offers content on art, culture and heritage from 51 countries.


Associazione Tersicorea was established in 1989 as a permanent centre for the education, diffusion and production of contemporary dance and theatre. It mainly carries out the organization of festivals, artistic showcases and residencies. Since 2008 Tersicorea has been carrying out initiatives dedicated to contemporary dance, focused on the mobility of artists and on the international network collaborations, including “Med’arte”, an artistic/cultural dialogue network that brings together 30 Italian and international organizations with the aim of supporting emerging artists and excellences of the national and international scene; the “Cortoindanza” festival, dedicated to short choreographies by young Italian and international authors; “Logos, un ponte verso l’Europa” (Logos, a bridge toward Europe), a project that combines art, performing arts and historical memory as a fundamental instrument for original paths of creation; the residency project “Artisti sul territorio”.

MENHIR Ruvo di Puglia

Menhir is an organisation based in Puglia that promotes production, training, audience development and artistic programming in the field of contemporary dance. From 2017 to 2020 it was a partner of Talos Festival, a historic jazz and experimental music contest established in 1993 in Ruvo di Puglia and supported by the Puglia Region. In the context of the 2019 Festival, it created the Artvision+ project, funded by Puglia Promozione as part of the Interreg Cbc Italy-Croatia 2014/20 Programme, developing a collaboration with the Trafik Theater in Rijeka and with Jasmina Prolic/ZVRK Festival Sarajevo and Tamara Obrovac. Currently Menhir has been identified by the Municipality of Ruvo di Puglia as a partner for the co-planning of the dance activities of the Talos Festival until 2025, through the artistic director Giulio De Leo. In the last two years Menhir has become part of Italian and international networks for the implementation of internationalization and cross-border cooperation projects, including Europe Beyond Access (2021-23), the BIPOD/ network (FRA/LBN) and GIACIMENTI, an Italian network for the support of young talents, of which it is the coordinator.


Since 1990 Sosta Palmizi has been promoting and supporting the choreographic activity of the artistic directors Raffaella Giordano and Giorgio Rossi, who over the years have organically involved numerous artists from different backgrounds, developing a stable nucleus of associated artists, involved in the productions and supported in their individual paths. Sosta Palmizi annually develops contemporary dance and dance theatre productions also in collaboration with international organisations such as COLORS International Dance Festival in Stuttgart and Centro Coreográfico Canal in Madrid. With the aim of fostering the internationalization of Italian contemporary dance, the association supports productions with dancers from various countries and promotes their circulation at national and international level. It also develops training activities in Italy and abroad, including, in recent years, at the National Academy of Dance in Rome and the École des Sables in Dakar where Giorgio Rossi curated the training and creative residency of the “Italie, Culture, Afrique” project promoted by the Italian Ministry for Culture, the Italian Embassy in Dakar, the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Academy of Dance.

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