Our background

The first idea


In 2007 Sebastian Garcia Ferro realized the lack in Spain of a dance meeting that helped participants both to learn and to share their own knowledge. Inspired by the experience of the ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange) congress and the COLINA project (multidisciplinary artists meeting in Portugal) and with the collaboration of Ulla Mäkinen and Daniel Werner, they decided to create the pioneer project BIDE - Barcelona International Dance Exchange, which aims to connect dancers and choreographers from all over Europe under the format of laboratories. That means to combine the practical and theoretical frame in one event which is nor a workshop festival nor a congress.
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Based in Barcelona since 2008, BIDE allows artists interested in the creative exchange and experimentation in contemporary dance to meet in a main event in April, as well as in the additional meetings or in the Artists Residencies. Since 2009, it takes place annually and already reached eight editions.

Our history in numbers


Since the first BIDE event in 2009, these are some of our numbers:

· Over 550 dancers, choreographers and performers from 36 countries had attended to our events.

· More than 50 projects had emerged from BIDE exchange.

· Barcelona lab-meeting celebrated its 9th edition in 2017.

· BIDE had organized 7 satellite lab-meetings, in New York 2017, Buenos Aires 2014, Salerno 2013, Outokumpu 2012, Sevilla 2012, Stolzenhagen 2011, Göttingen 2010.

· BIDE had organized 12 B>residencies in Barcelona since 2010.

- BIDE had facilitated 6 conferences about its way of working, in Forum Cultural Guanajuato (León, Mexico), Festival Danseu (Les Piles, Spain), OpenFLR (Florence, Italy), Territorios del Arte (San Luis Potosí, Mexico), Universidad María de Avila (Madrid, Spain), and Camp In (San Luis Potosí, Mexico).

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