Arts and cultural activities, Social inclusion

Melting Spot: Dance (MS


Who is behind this?

Rio Rutzinger

Wiener Tanzwochen


Who is joining forces?

Life Long Burning (European Network)


ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival


OFAI - Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence


further: Bock auf Kreativität – the creativity programme launched by the refugee aid Verein Ute Bock (, Trip the Light Fantastic – an NGO providing refugee children and teenagers with free access to the local theatres, dance performances and workshops (, and Fremde werden Freunde – a Viennese NGO supporting refugees to meet and mingle with local citizens (

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

MS:D will provide
a) a locally rooted international space for artistic exchange and (re)connection between migrated dance artists and their international peers. The focus lies on mutual exchange of knowledge and artistic practises and discussions, finding presentation opportunities and getting a foot in the scene of their new hometown in Europe.
b) encompassing support for migrants interested in dance, and accompanied access to an international community, artistic exchange and expression.

Where will your idea take place?

Vienna, Austria

Why does Europe need your idea?

Refugees often lack options to connect with locals and a new society. Dance is a great tool for interaction and confrontation with different point of views. We will be a docking site for dance amateurs and artists: we provide access to Vienna’s cultural life to amateurs of all ages and invite them to encounter contemporary dance in workshops and shows. We support migrated artists in building a new network and in passing on their artistic approaches and backgrounds to fellow European artists.

What is your impact?

In a year, we hopefully will have introduced the topic „art in exile“ as a concern to all of us. We want to erase the „refugee-label“ and let migrated artists express and pass on their individual approaches as genuine artists and connect with their fellows, ideally find a new artistic home base. Amateurs will have nurtured new artistic interests and talents, met local and international people and diverse point of views, and enhanced a mutual non-verbal understanding between different cultures.

How do you get there?

In collaboration with our partner ImPulsTanz, MS:D artists will offer dance workshops, research projects and performance tickets to both professional and non-professional newcomers. We share art forms, confront each other with diverse point of views, lifestyles and gender topics. In collaboration with a.o. our partner Life Long Burning we will help migrated artists to get a foot in the European dance circuit and helped them to (re)connect to the scene. During the festival we provide an open space for them to exchange with their peers, after the festival we will organise regular exchange meetings. At a gathering in March 2017 we will evaluate the developments and the status quo of the participants, their impact on the local dance scene and the necessary next steps.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

MS:D has two target groups:
1) artistically non-professional newcomers (migrants) of all ages, who we provide access to a trans-national art form as well as to local structures
2) artists, who, due to migrating to Austria, lost track of their artistic network and careers, and can give vital input in European artistic discourses.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Art is building bridges and overcoming borders of language and culture. MS:D disables the stereotypical labels refugees are mostly met with and takes them for what they are: artists and amateurs interested in dialogue, exchange and movement and providing them the space and environment for it. This dialogue gets a special twist by involving the dancing AI professor Robert Trappl: his practical study “Empathy: Attempting a multidisciplinary approach” will accompany MS:D through all its stages.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 82210,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Fees and honoraries: EUR 15.660,- Travel, accommodation and subsistance: EUR 21.550,- Personnel costs: EUR 20.000,-

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Experiences from colleagues with similar projects about local/national communication with authorities, about possibly unforeseen culture clashes, about the sustainable effects of art projects in a community.



Idea created on March 9, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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