Life Long Burning (LLB) is a project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and dedicated to the sustainable support of the European contemporary dance and performance field and the enlargement of its audience. It is implemented throughout a five-year period (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2018) by a wide-spread and highly professional network of dance associations, companies and production houses:
Through its various activities, LLB strengthens transnational co-operations, fosters the mobility of artists and their works, contributes to career development, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and promotes knowledge transfer, audience outreach and the public display of dance.
It comprises of 10 activities:
Prix Jardin d'Europe - European dance prize for emerging choreography
Dance Radar Europe - virtual PR platform
Dance Works! - co-productions
Critical Practice - training for emerging dance writers
danceWEB Scholarships - training for emerging dance artists
Wild Cards – support of artistic development through residencies, workshops and scholarships
Performance Situation Room - research and knowledge-sharing modules
teachback - research on teaching practices
Dance fiction - open source documentation/publications of LLB activities
SuSy-Support System – trainings for emerging dance administrators
An annual meeting of all LLB project partners took place in a different city each year: Berlin (2013), Zagreb (2014), Belgrade (2015), Bucharest (2016) and Montpellier (2017). The co-organiser meeting is the decision-making body of the project. It deals with the planning, coordination and fine tuning of the project activities, reporting of past activities and mapping of the status quo of the different local dance and performance scenes. Furthermore it gives the opportunity to meet and exchange with the local scenes and offer its expertise in public debates.
Administration and Cooperation
As a coordinator, the Vienna-based association danceWEB is responsible for the administrative and financial matters relevant for the whole LLB project. It is in charge of monitoring the project implementation and continuously supervising the budget. It ensures the documentation and evaluation of the activities. It prepares the annual meetings together with the hosting organisation, writes all required reports intern and extern, coordinates the communication on all levels (website, newsletter, direct mailing) with professional contacts (local/national/European/international authorities and civil servants, participants to the project activities, artists). It is regularly in contact with the EACEA and with the CCP in Austria. The management of danceWEB is fostering the involvement and the motivation of the partners and strongly advocates ongoing communication between all network players.
Every coorganiser is responsible for the implementation of the programme activities in its country and operates as executive producer of the Dance Works! pieces it has nominated. Also, each coorganisers has to nominate a local LLB coordinator in charge of LLB PR, communication with the project-head in Vienna and the other coorganisers and LLB participants, as well as of the organization of the project activities in their region.