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Least Common Multiple

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The main aim of the Least Common Multiple project is the exploration, from a pan-European perspective, of the relationship between the following three elements: dance, public space and the community.

The present project wants to explore this relationship in eight of the cities of the network in six different European countries: DIES DE DANSA (Barcelona - Spain), EMPAPE (A Coruña - Spain), CORPI URBANO (Genova - Italy), INTERFERENZE (Teramo - Italy), DANTZA HIRIAN (Basque Eurocity Bayonne - San Sebastián, Spain / France), SWANSEA: A CITY THAT DANCES (Swansea - United Kingdom), CITY HOPPERS (Malmö - Sweden) and DANSE EN VILLE (Eupen - Belgium). 


The aim of the project, therefore, is to create awareness of the use of public space as a common place of creativity, co-existence, and imagination, through conceiving the city as an artistic laboratory and through exploring the similarities and differences of public spaces in different cities (determining, therefore, their Least Common Multiple).

The project aims to bring together curators, art organizations, dance companies, experts and academics working from the performing arts, visual arts, public space and site-specific works. In doing so, we would like to create a political, social and urban map of different areas of different cities to open debates around the socio-urban development of contemporary cities.

The main objectives are :

  • The democratization of culture by strengthening ties between several European cities belonging to the Dancing Cities Network, fostering art and dance in public spaces as a tool for social integration and cohesion.
  • The re-appropriation and revaluation of public space as a space for creativity and social cohesion, instigating a broader potential relationship between the artwork, its setting and the social environment.
  • The democratization and the promotion of contemporary dance by bringing it to a larger public, accessing new audiences who do not usually benefit from the existing cultural activities on offer.
  • An improved cooperation between different European cultural organizations, cities and countries, creating a common agreement of artistic diffusion among different languages and cultures. To build stronger trans-EU connections by consolidating the Dancing Cities network.
  • The cultural development and cultural tourism in the cities, by revaluing their cultural heritage.



Focus Group

With the aim to reassert the value of the cultural and social heritage of each city as well as the particularities of their social life, experts in the field of urbanism, sociology, anthropology, architecture, public and urban art, and dance got together in five european cities (Barcelona (Spain), Eupen (Belgium), Malmö (Sweden), Teramo (Italy) and Genova (Italy)) to carry out critical studies on their city from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The focus groups had a double perspective:

- local:  different local experts of each city (choreograph, urban artist, culture promoter, arquitect/urbanist, sociologist/anthropologist) got together to discuss on their cultural and sociological aspects and drafted a common article (which was later on included in the Dancing Cities Magazine);

- international: experts of the same background (for instance, all sociologists or all choreographers of all participant cities) met to discuss sector-wise approaches from a pan-European perspective and drafted consequent articles (also included in the Dancing Cities Magazine). These international meetings were held via videoconference technologies. The themes addressed during the local discussions were the same in all participant cities in order to obtain different visions on the same subjects. Questions such as "Public space and its impact on social cohesion", "The role of art in public space and their potential as a tool for social change" or "The audience in the urban space: from spectator to participant" were explored.


The results of these working groups have been published in the magazine Ciudades Que Danzan #5, which you can read or download in our section Magazine.


To bring the contemporary dance closer to the audience by the use of new technologies, the Dcode platform propose short dance videos, which have been created at numerous public spaces of the world.

Dancing Cities - the documentary film

The documentary has been directed by the renowned Catalan filmmaker Roger Gual, author of films such as “Smooking Room” or “Remake”. The dance and the city are the main characters of this film, recorded in four European cities of the network: Barcelona (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Swansea (UK) and Genoa (Italy). The film presents a reflection on the similarities and differences of European social and public space through a poetic document with contemporary dance as a common thread. More information following his link !



The project Least COmmon Multiple is supported by the Programme Culture 2007-2013 of the European Union.

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