1000 Pieces Puzzle, 2017 edition

International dance exchange opportunity

1000 Pieces Puzzle, 2016. Photo: Carmen Klammer

1000 Pieces Puzzle is an international exchange programme presented by Cindy Claes Productions, Zinnema and East London Dance with the support of Erasmus+

30 artists (14 from UK, 14 from Belgium and 2 international) will spend 12 days working together to explore artistic skills in dance technique, choreography, dance film and collaboration as well as developing business skills.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is led by Cindy Claes (Belgian dancer, choreographer, playwright, dance backpacker living in London) who will be joined by an eclectic mix of some of the most exciting artists working in dance today (guest artists to be announced soon).

“1000 Pieces Puzzle… Hands down the best dance experience I have ever had. I say ‘dance experience’, but it was so much more than that. I learned so much that has already, & will continue to, aid me in my career. However I also learned a hell of a lot about myself.” – (UK Participant, 2016)

The programme will be divided up between the UK and Belgium with all the artists spending 6 days in Brussels and 6 days in London.  At the end of the 12 days, artists will share work that has been created through the residencies.

We are looking for 14 UK dance artists to participate in this dance exchange programme.

Key Dates

Monday 13 February  – Sunday 19 February

Tuesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March

These are intensive residencies with a full programme of activity taking place each day between 10am and 7pm including some evening activity.

To take part in this unique programme we ask artists to contribute £110 towards costs.

Travel, accommodation and some meals are fully included in this price for participants aged 18 – 30. Participants over the age of 30 will be required to additionally cover their own travel, accommodation and meals.  Artists will be provided with more detail including location of stay and travel times once the final selection has been made.

We are particularly interested in hearing from dance artists with skills in Krump, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Body Percussion and other Hip Hop styles but this opportunity is open to any dance genre.

We welcome applications from disabled artists.

There are a limited number of bursaries to cover the fee and other support available if you are in financial hardship (e.g in receipt of benefits, live outside of London and need additional accommodation), so we still encourage you to apply.

To apply please download and complete this application form and email to office@eastlondondance.org

The application deadline is 9am on 21 November 2016.

1000 Pieces Puzzle is presented as part of the Dance Enterprise Hub, a programme of skills development, creative incubation for new ideas, start-up funding and mentoring to enable dance artists to establish sustainable and successful creative businesses and/or careers.


DateDeadline 21 November 2016


Location London & Brussels

Cindy Claes Productions, Zinnema and East London Dance present 1000 Pieces Puzzle

Supported by Erasmus +, Foundation for FutureLondon, Rich Mix and Scanners Inc

Exchange dates

Brussels: Monday 13 February – Sunday 19 February 2017

London: Tuesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March 2017


For dance artists and choreographers aged 18 or over (at the time of the exchange)


£110 (participants over the age of 30 will also have to cover their own travel, food and accommodation)

How to apply

To apply, please download and complete the application form and return it to office@eastlondondance.org


Cindy Claes


Cindy Claes – @dancebackpacker
Zinnema – @ZinnemaBXL


Cindy Claes


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