Originally created on Retouramont company’s initiative in 2014, the Vertical Dance Forum is a network of 7 vertical dance companies working in Europe and Canada. Il Posto (Italy), Fidget Feet (Ireland), Gravity & Levity (UK, England), Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence (UK, Wales), Histeria Nova (Croatia), Aeriosa (Canada) and Retouramont (France).
Since 2014, the Vertical Dance Forum gathered annually to exchange and reflect on its practice in all its artistic, pedagogic and technical diversity. In 2017 we were awarded funding from the European Union’s Creative Europe programme to support a 2-year long programme of activity with each partner creating and hosting a project in their own country. Our aims were and continue to be; to increase the appreciation, recognition and profile of the art form, to carry out research which respects and grows the safety knowledge and methodology required, and to generously share our passion for vertical dance with everyone – artists, institutions and the public.
We have now reached the end of this current funded project but retain ambitions to continue growing the network. There are further plans afoot from each of the partners separately and collectively which include a Vertical Dance Symposium in 2021.
Project co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.