Barcelona International Dance Exchange

BIDE :: Barcelona International Dance Exchange
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BIDE is a platform for networking and exchange for dancers, choreographers and performers. We provide a space for artists to meet and work together, to research and develop material, to do tryouts and perform, and to find new inspirations and collaborations for artistic work. BIDE hosts one annual event each spring in Barcelona, plus satellite events and artists residencies throughout the summer in Europe. Applicants for BIDE should have professional experience and a strong interest in contemporary dance.

During the annual event of BIDE, we will work in a structure of laboratories. Participants can propose to facilitate or co-facilitate a laboratory of the theme of their interest. Each day there will be 4-8 laboratories for people to choose from. Each evening there will be a showing or a performance, where we come together to exchange what has happened during the day.

The BIDE artist residencies are open for all the participants of the annual event. During the event, artists interested in continuing collaboration together, can apply for the residencies.

The aim of BIDE is to offer a structure that supports creative work to happen and share information in a non-hierarchic way. BIDE aims to support the sharing of information and experience as well as the methods to do so - thus, we emphasize a curious attitude towards working in laboratories and finding ways to develop such collaboration structures.

BIDE welcomes only professional artists. We focus on dancers, choreographers and performing artists but invite also musicians working with dance. We have a limited space for students in the field of contemporary dance. There is also a limited possibility for scholarships through our partners.

Take a look at our photos and videos in the media section or videos on YouTube from BIDE 2009-2015, and browse through our website to read more about our events! You can also find BIDE in Facebook with interesting news.


The 8th Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE)
will take place in April 27th-May 1st, 2016 in Barcelona.

Application is open!




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Dear artists!

The BIDE 2016 theme is: THE REMIX

The use of a theme is meant to support and

amplify the potential of all the fundamental

BIDE lines of work: horizontality, mobility,


The Remix theme is proposed as an artistic

tool, a device for connections, a trigger for

inspiration, a concept for research, a base

for discussion and the starting point for

a dialogue.


The Remix is a strategy of musical

composition and innovation. The main

characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates

and changes other materials to create

something new.

BIDE is interested in translating this practise

into dance and choreography. A Remix

implies the coexistence of different artists

in the same work.

It is a collaboration that can happen either

with or without direct contact between artists.

It facilitates evolution and development and

it opens up the possibility for a potentially never

ending creative process.

The material to be remixed is up to the artist.

How can we remix a body? A space?

A context?

The Remix theme can be the pretext to

enlarge our physical knowledge and it can

also be the gate of access to abstract

perceptions about time and language.

How can we remix a memory?

How can we remix an opinion?

Through the Remix theme BIDE aims to

enlarge the spectrum of creative possibilities

available to us.

The goal is to create a mechanism that

can produce infinite nuances of any possible

element. It is an exercise of welcoming and

acceptance of all the differences that the world 

offers us, affirming strongly once again that

dissimilarities can and should be the line of

connection between individuals.


That’s all for this hyper busy april!


Dance on,



BIDE values

Our intention is to create a platform which supports dancers and choreographers to meet each other, exchange and develop material, knowledge and ideas. We offer a place for try-outs, collaborations, laboratories and performances. To create an inspiring and fruitful exchange, we emphasize self-responsibility. Above all, BIDE is set in action, defined and made meaningful by its participants.

  • We value giving space for artists with different backgrounds, ages and interests coming together, and various needs and ways of processing given material/ideas. Read more...
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