Open Latitudes

the project

Noted from the outset for their geographical proximity and their affinity for how to properly accompany the artists, six European partners have gathered in Open Latitudes in order to defend the very existence of hybrid scenic forms coming from dance, and to acclimate more largely the audience to those innovating works. All partners contribute financially to the establishment of an annual ‘joint fund’. It is a fundamentally European co-production input, which benefits the supported artists. Shared among several partners, residency periods for more than 140 days during the lifecycle of the project, do complement this production process.
Each partner organises visibility periods for the works developed along the season. Over time, they have become known as moments of discovery for curious audiences, and they play an important role in the way the audience can appropriate and further understand contemporary forms.Wishing to leave tracks, our project is also having a look at the recent history of hybrid performing arts in Europe. We wish to demonstrate and archive the trails of this scenic innovation, through video recordings of a dozen interviews of critics, art historians, choreographers, researchers …
Along meetings, artists and audiences develop a relationship made of discovery and exchange, which constitutes a real intercultural dialogue at the European level.

In concrete terms, Open Latitudes aims at:

Sustaining contemporary creation
Fostering the developement of new artistic forms derived from hybridation
Increasing dissemination of these cultural work
Sustaining and deepening partnerships between cultural places which defend performing hybrid arts
Increasing and developping links established with european audiences
Closing up european citizens with hybrid scenic forms and getting their access being more democratic
Stimulating artistic meetings based on hybrid arts, particularly with young local artists aiming at being professionnals
Giving visibility and cultural recognition to hybrid scenic forms
Disseminating information and critical approach about hybridation of scenic arts



Vooruit Kunstencentrum in Gent (Belgium)
Cialo Umysl Foundation in Warsaw (Poland)
Teatro delle Moire / Danae Festival in Milan (Italy)
Sin Arts and Culture in Budapest (Hungary)
le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes (France)
Materiais Diversos in Minde (Portugal)

associate partners

L’arsenic in Lausanne (Switzerland)
MIR festival in Athens (Greece)


Open Latitudes commits itself prior to the creative activity so as to support young performers and the early phases of their work, coming to their aid if there is an emergency. All partners contribute financially to the establishment of an annual ‘joint fund’, earmarked between five and eight productions in the lifecycle of the project. The collective dimension of this co-production fund, shared between all the co-organisers and our associate partner L’Arsenic, transcends the national confines of all members of Open Latitudes. So it is a fundamentally European co-production input, which benefits the supported artists. Such a device of partnership brings real innovation in the merely way cultural organisers establish links between themselves.

Don’t Judge, Nic Lloyd (CH)
Transforming Me, Medie Megas (GR)
Washing machine, Achilleas Hariskos (GR)
Samedi Détente, Dorothée Munyaneza (FR)
Notre danse, Mylène Benoît (FR)
Satélites, Vítor Roriz et Sofia Dias (PRT)
Functions, Effetto Larsen (GR)
A room and a view, Gáspár Téri (HUN)
This is musical, Karol Tymiński (POL)

New creation, Lander Patrick and Volmir Caodeiro (PRT)
Dragging the bone, Miet Warlop (BEL)
Daisy, Stereo Act (HUN)
The Paradox of the future in the occidental paradigm, Fingersix (GR)
My window, Garten (IT)
New creation, Anna Godowska (POL)
Frou Frou, Marie – Caroline Hominal (CH)

Méduses, Vincent Glowinski (BEL)
Air, Vincent Dupont (FR)
Bodies in the Cellar, Vincent Thomasset (FR)
The Spy Or a Man Listened, Grzegorrz Laszuk and Michal Libera (POL)
There is an elephant in every room, Lazlo Fülöp (HUN)
Domino, Argyro Chioti/Vasistas (GR)

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Erasmus +

the event

European conference – « Youth, culture & accompaniment »
November 17, 2016, 9:00 am > 5:30 pm – Hôtel de Région des Hauts-de-France, Lille (Fr)

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the project

According to Agenda 21, it is important to “promote” the capacity for expression as an essential dimension of human dignity and social inclusion. Our fight against exclusion is thus a fight for our dignity.

Today in the many projects happening in the Youth sector in Europe, social workers use art as way to prioritize the social and professional integration of our young people. Culture is a tool which can bring about the transformation of an individual’s situation, working with identity, relationships with others, self-esteem and with his or her life projects.

Different professionals meet: important figures in cultural and training, social workers, artists … starting a dialogue, reflection, focusing actions toward evolution and the establishing of young people’s place in society.

How should they collaborate with these young people as they enter society? How are social and cultural components articulated in social actions? What is the potential for culture and for artistic practice in the implementation of these career path projects? What are the institutional and political frameworks for these actions?
With support from Erasmus +, Latitudes Contemporaines, in collaboration with Alefpa, the IRTS (Institut Régional du Travail Social) and its English partners (the Tyne and Wear Museum) and German partners (IMAL-International Munich Art Lab) co-constructed a cycle of reflection seminars throughout 2015: “Artistic Intervention – Research on sustainable concepts of social and professional integration of youth with fewer opportunities.”

The goal is two-fold: training professionals with European trans-sector problems (in both the social and cultural sectors) and developing a common methodology.
It is a way of comparing different points of view, as well as the tools and methods used in each country. In 2016 these actions will be realized through a capitalization phase and the validation of results, using a tri-lingual methodology book and a web platform which may be accessed via this page.

Any interested professional is welcome to use these tools and adapt them to his or her own field.

A Day of Validation is planned for Thursday November 17, 2016 at the Hôtel de Région des Hauts-de-France in Lille to share results of the work undertaken over these two years, and to broadcast to a large audience the work method and tools that have been developed.


our partners

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (Twam) is a major regional network of nine museums and art galleries run by the Tyne and Wear region and the University of Newcastle in the UK, committed to disadvantaged communities.
Newcastle – UK

International Munich Art Lab (IMAL) offers professional qualifications and arts productions in the visual arts fields. Since 1996, these productions have been produced in dialogue with the artists involved. Young people entering the work force participate in all stages of production.
Munich – Germany

ALEFPA Sherel hosts young people aged 16 to 21 experiencing social, familial or scholastic difficulties, as directed by Childrens’ Social Services, Judicial Protective Services for young people, and Family Court judges. Educational accompaniment, in projects blending art and culture, focuses on concrete conditions for autonomy in everyday actions and the enrichment of career pathways to facilitate social and professional integration.
Lille – France

Latitudes Contemporaines is an association whose mission is the conception and the building of a Festival featuring the contemporary scene in the Lille metropolitan area, as well as the development of a production office. The association focuses on the promotion and the development of contemporary creation in the Hauts de France region. Many cultural and media communication actions with audiences experiencing social and economic difficulties are planned throughout the season.
Lille – France

IRTS Hauts-de-France is an institute for higher and professional learning, which qualifies, promotes and accompanies over their lifetime social contributors from the social and medico‑social sectors. The IRTS is developing innovative pedagogy and action research projects linked to academic and social participants implanted in the region.
IRTS – Site Grand Littoral Grande Synthe

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New Open Working process for the performing arts

the project

N.O.W aims to build the groundwork for a transnational competency cluster. Starting from a common expertise (managing the implementation of an artistic project and its reception by audiences), the 7 partners are engaging in an exploration within an experimental setting. They aim to develop a long-lasting prospective reflection in regards to their pratices.
This experimental structure is made up of 4 labs that shape the project and determine the 3 years program of activities.

* LAB 1 – Strengthening competencies

Formulating and sharing research and needs relative to the evolution of the work environment and its impact on artistic practices and their social integration
Putting into perspective the synergy between the different stakeholders in the artistic management field for a common vision of art as experimentation
Strengthening new competency profiles surrounding artistic careers, now and in the upcoming years

* LAB 2 – A management structure based on networks

Rethinking the artists’ careers beyond national contexts and frameworks
Experimenting with a collegial and transnational management approach that is adapted to the current setting
Managing the projects’ strategic development and financial models in order to ensure a better sustainability for the artists’ careers

* LAB 3 – Innovating tools of production: investigating commissions

Setting up a framework in which artistic commissions invite citizens to participate
Setting up a framework in which the backer doesn’t only participate in the beginning and end of the process but also becomes a representative or advocate promoting the process itself
Setting up a framework that allows for the artist’s local involvement in response to a request or need arising from civil society

* LAB 4 – Outreach and representation tools as restitution of the creative process

Emphasizing and relaying the importance of the creative process to professionals, backers, and audiences
Working on new tools that enable other kinds of relaying, restitution, and promotion of the creative process
Investing in the field of outreach and representation by creating a space for critical thinking


Extrapole – France
Fabbrica Europa – Italy
Indisciplinarte – Italy
Latitudes Contemporaines – France
Lókal – Iceland
Mom / Elvivero – Spain
Trafó – Hungary
WP Zimmer – Belgium

associate partners

Ann Olaerts – (coordinator) – Belgium
Roger Christmann – ( admin supervisor ) – Germany
Laure Fernandez – NoTHx (young team THALIM-CNRS)
Valerie Pihet – Documentation – Belgium/France
Carole Salis – CRS4 – Italy
SISMÓGRAF – Festival – Spain

N.O.W is supported by the European Union within the framework of Creative Europe
With the support of Arcadi Ile de France / the Initiative and Research Support Fund