cultureXpress projects

CultureXpress Foundation was established in 2005 by Borneoco (Dineke Koerts and Constance Vos). We support non−western artists & organisations in the field of contemporary performing arts and film/video making who produce work that deals with issues that are relevant to their own society today.


Capacity building in contemporary dance theatre & documentary making in Caochangdi Workstation, the studio of the Living Dance Studio (Beijing) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

What do Willi Dorner (Austria), Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser (Germany), Kajo Nelles (Germany), Arco Renz (Germany / Belgium), Anna Stegnar & Said Gharbi (Belgium), Katie Duck (The Netherlands), Bertha Bermudez (The Netherlands), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Frank Scheffer (The Netherlands) and Edwin van Steenbergen (The Netherlands) have in common? They all travelled to Beijing for workshops, lectures and an exchange with Chinese artists as part of this capacity building program!

Another important part of this program is the Young Choreographers Project (YCP) that takes place each year in Caochangdi Workstation. In the YCP young independent Chinese choreographers are given an opportunity to produce their own − short − pieces, which are then presented in Beijing in the form of a competition in the first week of May. The three (or sometimes four) most promising performances are awarded with coaching, a small production fee and the opportunity to perform in the Crossing and Fringe Festivals in October of the same year. Entries have grown from 5 pieces in 2005 to 20 in 2007 to 34 in 2008!

Crossing and Fringe Festivals 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008: cultureXpress is co-producer of the Crossing (Beijing), Crossing.Kunming (Kunming) and Fringe (Shanghai) festivals for contemporary dance and physical theatre. In these festivals both Chinese independent and foreign groups perform. Dance films, workshops, lectures or special projects are always a part of these festivals to facilitate exchange between Chinese and European dance makers. An example: in 2006 Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk created a special version of her performance Stau in which 20 Chinese dancers from Shanghai (both students from the Shanghai Dance College and independent dancers) participated. This version was performed in the Fringe Festival in Shanghai

Chin−A−Moves (2008/2009) − initiated by tanzhaus nrw (Duesseldorf) − was a collaboration project with Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Julidans (Amsterdam), Van Baasbank & Baggerman (Amsterdam), Dansens Hus Oslo, Living Dance Studio / Crossing Festival (Beijing), Fringe Festival (Shanghai), internationale tanzmesse nrw (Duesseldorf), Mousonturm (Frankfurt), CCN Roubaix − Nord Pas de Calais (Roubaix), Tanssin Tiedotuskeskus/ Finnish Dance Information Center. The project was an exchange in contemporary dance funded by the EU and consisted of the following parts:
  • a. the production and presentation of bahok, a work by Akram Khan in co-operation with the dancers and artists of the National Ballet of China;
  • b. the presentation of and exchange with independent Chinese companies in various countries in Europe;
  • c. a young choreographers project in order to facilitate the aesthetic discourse between young artists from Europe and China in April / May 2008;
  • d. the presentation of new productions by young independent artists and choreographers (three each from Europe and China) in the “Fringe” Festival in Shanghai, the “Crossing” Festival in Beijing and in Kunming in October 2008;
  • e. 2 conferences, one in Germany and one in China.

CultureXpress was involved in parts b, c, d and e. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

Capacity building in contemporary dance & theatre in Shanghai. In 2007 this program took place partly in Down Stream Garage ( in cooperation with Zhang Xian (director of Zuhe Niao Workshops were given by Warner van Wely (The Netherlands), Min Tanaka (Japan), Wen Hui (China), Li Ning (China) and Matsuda Masutaka (Japan). Other activities supported by this program were the Free Film Festival (Mecooon Film Festival) and the IDEAS Festival in which ideas for performances around social issues were collected.

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