Call out for dance artists to apply for the 2023 dance residency programme – applications now open.

CROWD – international dance exchange is a collaborative network of dance organisations, together seeking to support dance makers who engage with communities as part of their practice.

Through hosting residencies and opening up space for discussion and knowledge development, the programme aims to support dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making to build their professional network, exchange experience with others in the field and develop their practice.

The Goethe-Institut initiated the project in 2021 and in the first year, CROWD supported 6 dance artists through residencies hosted with partners across Finland, the Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Germany and the UK. The network has since grown to include more partners and artists and in 2022, CROWD supported 10 new artists through a programme of residencies across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

This year, ten selected dance artists (one from each host country and two from England and two from NRW in Germany) will exchange and collaborate with the support of the network partner organisations. Working in pairs, selected dance makers will come together twice, each time for a two-week, focused residency in a new context. Alongside the residencies, between June and October, the entire network will engage in digital, discursive sessions exploring community engagement in dance. 

Applications for the 2023 programme are now open and dance artists with a demonstrable practice in community engagement are encouraged to apply. The CROWD network is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and we encourage applications from those from under-represented backgrounds. We have bursaries and support in place to accommodate applicants with additional access needs or caring responsibilities.The application deadline is 10am (GMT), Monday 20 March 2023. Further information on how to apply can be found at

TaikaBox has been part of the CROWD network since its inception in 2020, helping to plan the project and hosting one of the residencies in Summer of 2021.

During summer 2022, the network supported its second cohort of dance artists to take part in a programme of residencies hosted by partners across Finland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. 

The ten artists, Maya Dalinsky, Elsabet Yonas, Silja Tuovinen, Rita Marcalo, Alexander McCabe, Stefanie Schwimmbeck, Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, Amparo González Sola, Willie Stark and Bianca Hisse, worked in pairs to take part in two two-week residencies in a new context.

In the short film below, the artists share a glimpse into their experiences and the impact it’s had on their current and future practice:

Find out more about the programme and explore the 2022 and 2021 residencies further at

Silja, Julian and Rita head off by boat to Varjakka Island with local legend Tapio Moilanen during the first week of the first residency of CROWD22

Rita Marcalo is the Artistic Director of Ireland-based Instant Dissidence, which is her way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence Rita invents ways of offering other people art experiences and solve creative problems. Rita will be on residency with us and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

Silja Tuovinen is a Finnish choreographer and researcher working between Oulu, Stockholm, and Berlin with both dance performance and film. She is interested in exploring different forms of collaboration and companionship as part of the artistic work, including both professional and non-professional communities. Silja will be on residency with us and Dance Limerick (Ireland).

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