Lavanderia a Vapore, the centre for dance residencies
The Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno, the only centre for dance residencies in Piedmont, is a member of EDN – European Dancehouse Network, the prestigious European network of dance houses. Lavanderia a Vapore focuses on carrying out research into dance and its culture, establishing links that start with its surrounding region and branch out internationally. It is a centre in which dialogue between past and present is vibrant and evident, and stems from an unceasing commitment to contemporary creation and experimentation. Performances, artistic residencies, training programmes and multidisciplinary projects breathe life into the diverse spaces of what was once the laundry of Italy’s biggest psychiatric hospital.
The Lavanderia a Vapore project is the result of an innovative model of systemic networking, sharing objectives and governance between different local entities that deal with promotion and programming of dance, thanks to the collaboration of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the Piedmont Region, the Municipality of Collegno and the support of Compagnia di San Paolo (private foundation). To share goals and governance, an RTO (Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Organismi, Temporary Association of Bodies) has been created with the following partners: Piemonte dal Vivo, Associazione Culturale Mosaico Danza, Associazione Culturale Zerogrammi, Associazione Coorpi and Associazione Didee Arti e Comunicazioni. Silvia Gribaudi, Andrea Costanzo Martini and Daniele Ninarello are the artists who have chosen to share their own artistic vision and projects with the dancehouse of Collegno.