Lead partner: Consorci Mercat de les Flors / Centre de les arts de movement (Spain)
Artform: Dance
Year funded: 2010
Funding strand: Strand 1.1. Multi-annual cooperation projects
Community grant: €2,172,826 (49% of budget)
Project start date: June 2010
Project end date: December 2014


Dance Ireland, Dublin (Ireland); Art Stations Foundation (Poland); Centre de Développement Choréographique Toulouse (France); Centre National de la Danse (France); Dance Gate Lefkosia (Cyprus); Dansenshus Stockholm (Sweden); Dansescenen (Denmark); Danshuis Station Zuid (Netherlands); DeVIR/CAPa – Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve (Portugal); Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Germany); Isadora and Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center (Greece); Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (Slovenia); Maison de la Danse Lyon (France); Plesna izba Maribor (Slovenia); tanzhaus nrw e.V. (Germany); Tanzquartier Wien GmbH (Austria); The Place, London (UK).


The modul-dance project’s main aim is to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists. The project takes advantage of its dance-house partners’ specificities and management models to maintain a network of cooperation and collaboration that crosses borders and boasts a European vocation. The selection of artists creates a map reflecting artistic excellence and aesthetic diversity.

In most European countries, independent dancers and choreographers lack suitable structures and financial means to develop their creations and promote themselves in front of new audiences. Modul-dance was created and structured to address artists’ needs during the process of creation and to allow them make itineraries across Europe. Accordingly, the core of the project is the modular system, an organised model of support for dance art, creation and dissemination.

Based on artistic criteria, each project partner proposed an artist in the selection processes in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Artists were selected if more than three dance house partners were interested in collaborating in their projects. The project now hosts a community of 52 European artists. Besides, over 40 artists have been invited to carry out research work within the Carte Blanche programme at one or more of the dance houses participating.

Modul-dance offers artists a framework to create and present their work to different audiences, linking diverse proposals, aesthetics and sensibilities under the same umbrella, and allowing for regular interaction and exchange of ideas.

Further information

Irish organisation profile 

Over 21 years old, Dance Ireland is a resource organisation which supports and develops all forms of dance practice in Ireland today. With a membership base of over 200, made up of dancers, choreographers, companies and associates, we are committed to building on our year-round programmes of training and development opportunities, and operate on an all-island basis.

Dance Ireland also manages DanceHouse on behalf of Dublin City Council. With six studios, an artists’ resource room, a green room and exhibition spaces, DanceHouse is a working base for dance practice and a hub for the wider dance community.