The international project Dance Roads was created in 1995 as an exchange between the Tangente in Montreal and P.S.122 in New York. The initiative was followed up by eight bilateral projects between organizations promoting dance and Tangente‚ and then developed into a circuit of six cities‚ with a tour taking place upon 5 small stages in five countries.
The first partners included The Place in England‚ Danse à Lille in France‚ Limelight in Belgium and Tanz Performance Cologne in Germany.
Mosaico Danza Cultural Association‚ directed by Natalia Casorati‚ was accepted as the fifth partner in 2008‚ and is the only Italian organization that supports the mobility of young choreographers.
Dance Roads soon became a biennial event‚ gravitating toward smaller cities rather than Paris or London.
Of those first partners who are still active today‚ there are Tangente‚ as well as ‘Welsh in Dance’ and Mosaico Danza‚ with its second tour. The structure and principles remain those of a biennial tour to different cities for five or six artists‚ organized by the promoters and producers. After selecting the choreographer to present‚ each country that’s a member of the network organizes the tour together with the other partners‚ planning ‘v;stops’ hosted by the structures in each country that is a member of the project.
One of the network’s main objectives is precisely that of aiding the circuiting of the shows produced by the young choreographers‚ offering them the extremely rare chance to promote their works and helping the visibility at prestigious international choreographic centers.