Workshop Foundation was founded in 1992 with the aim of providing support for independent artists, encouraging their artistic development in order to facilitate the development of the Hungarian contemporary dance scene as a whole. Its main strategic objective is the encouragement of border-crossing – both geographically and among artistic disciplines.
The Foundation works with nearly 200 Hungarian and foreign artists yearly and runs 4 studios in two highly important independent art institutions in Budapest, a 120m2 studio in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts and, since January 2014, 3 studios (880m2 in total) in Jurányi Incubator House.
The social and professional environment, the facilitation and maintenance of partnerships and collaborations and long-term thinking are crucial in our work.
The activity of the Foundation revolves around the artists with whom it is in partnership. We aim to become not merely their supporters but their partners, getting involved with their work at the right moment in their career, building strong collaborations and following their artistic path on the long term; being more interested in the process than the finished production. Feedback and requirements received from the artists and the existing international examples have served as a base for our activities and programmes.
The Foundation provides the following support for independent performing artists:
Workshop Foundation is known abroad for its international co-productions, educational and residency programmes (both production and research residencies) as well as its active role in professional networks.
WSF to date has an extensive and branching, well-functioning net of international liaisons and is one of those Hungarian organizations that are internationally recognized and widely known. Important networks, partnerships include: Life Long Burning, Aerowaves, GPS – Movement Research and Philadelphia Dance Projects.
“In 1992, a pioneering ensemble company with a visionary director at its helm began a collective, revolutionary artistic journey. These artists, as SITI Company, made more than 50 pieces of theater that showcase the storytelling power of the performer and the theatrical vision of the ensemble. (…) SITI was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki and a group of like-minded artists to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international collaboration. Through performances, educational programs, and collaborations with other artists and thinkers, SITI Company challenged the status quo, trained to achieve artistic excellence in every aspect of the work, and offered new ways of seeing and of being as both artists and as global citizens. In 2022, the company sunset the ensemble.”
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