Espaço agora now is a project reimagining artist development and public experiment in the performing arts, offering a completely new model of artist residency in the performing arts. The project will be anchored by an international network of large scale spaces in five different cities around the world by 2024: Rotterdam, London, Buenos Aires, Belgrade and Lisbon. These spaces will host residencies that give artists time, kinship and resources to explore and test ideas from the earliest point in the creative process.
The project started as an initiative of Amsterdam based creative producer Naomi Russell. It is now supported by a Dutch Foundation, Stitching Passaros, a founding team of 4 people and a growing community of 200 artists and makers in the performance fields representing 42 nationalities. The project is unique because of the way it is being driven by this growing ‘movement’ of international artists. From the start the goal was for artists to design, make and co-lead 'espaço agora now'. This has been achieved through (to date) 21 online and live gatherings.
From September 2022, the team wants to share this knowledge more widely, build on it and put it into practice. This event at Nederlands Dans Dagen is one in a series of activities happening with festivals and cultural partners in different places around the world, inviting new perspectives and building the network of artists gathered around the project. The session will be interactive, and we will invite you to think together with us about the question: What is a residency?