DANCING HISTOR(Y)IES is a European project funded through the CREATIVE EUROPE programme, which runs from April 2023 to March 2026 and involves 14 entities of different typologies (institutional, artistic and technical) from 12 different countries. The overall objective of the project is focused on the promotion of archaeological sites through the performing arts, and aims to link local communities and their heritage through dance.
Among the different activities to be carried out, there are study visits that the artistic partners must carry out to the archaeological sites selected to develop the DH Festival throughout 2024 and 2025. The aim of these visits is to generate the opportunity for visitors to learn in situ about the characteristics of the archaeological sites, their history and relationship with the local communities, so that they can be inspired to create their future artistic proposals, taking into account the potential and limitations of the heritage sites.
After the corresponding visits to Viminacium (Serbia) and Mérida (Spain), between August 30 and September 2, the third study visit of the project took place in Cagliari (Sardinia), in which participated 12 of the 13 partners of the project. The archaeological space of Tharros was visited, a village founded by the Phoenicians and later occupied by the Romans. This is an unique space located next to the sea where dance performances will be held during 2024 and 2025 as part of the Festival program DH. In the neighbouring town of Cabras, a meeting was held with representatives of the local communities that would support the festival performances. It also included meetings with regional and local authorities in Cagliari, during which their support and commitment to the project was confirmed.
Assoentilocali (host partner) made coincide the study visit in Calgiari with the celebration of the sectoral event of the “NID platform” that is held annually in Italy as a meeting point between dance companies and managers of dance spaces and festivals. During this meeting, the DH project ensured its visibility through the participation of the project partners in round tables, as well as the existence of a physical space within the market space, in order to disseminate the project.
According to the technical assistance signed, Innogestiona Ambiental has supported the preparation of the study visit and attended the visit to Cabliari on behalf of the Mérida Theater Festival Consortium.