ADDE is the Association of Dance Professionals of the Basque Country.
Established in 2003, it is an initiative that works for the cohesion of the sector and the improvement of the working conditions of its professionals by contributing to public policies that affect dance on a cultural, training and labour level.
ADDE integrates the various trades, as well as all the expressions and styles, related to dance.
ADDE also works to disseminate and raise awareness of dance among the general population, and promote its understanding and practice, as well as an artistic, educational, and recreational activity.
To promote the social, educational, labour, cultural and artistic development of dance, based on the experience, the commitment, and the joint deliberations of its professionals.
In this section, ADDE’s main goal is to bring together dance professionals, whatever their occupation or speciality, to analyse and reach a consensus on diagnoses and measures that can contribute to the development of the sector in its artistic, cultural or social aspects, and in its economic, labour and business dimensions.
To achieve this goal, the association organises its activities through its general assembly, its Board of Directors, work committees, and the people who make up the management structure. In addition, ADDE strives to increase internal communication and to structure the entire sector, including professionals who are members and those who are not members.
As a Professional Association, ADDE has a responsibility to be involved in the design and management of cultural policies in the dance sector. In this sense, ADDE participates in all the forums to which it is invited to help analyse and share thoughts that lead to measures that improve the professional development of dance in the Basque Country.
ADDE has been working intensively to promote dialogue within the sector, with public and private agents, paying special attention to learning from other models and experiences that have placed Dance on a significantly higher level of development, and trying to detect and promote the specific features that result in the expansion of dance in the Basque Country.
ADDE considers that it is essential to promote dance within society. The greater the knowledge of the agents involved and of the general population about the cultural, social and economic wealth that Dance and its professionals generate, the greater will be its development in the future.
Through direct contact with the public and through the various media, ADDE wants to contribute to the enhancement of Dance, not only as a cultural and artistic activity, but also as a professional activity. We want dance to become a resource of expression accessible to the entire population and to work to make the artistic initiatives that are generated in the Basque Country more widely available in our community and at an international level.
KEY PROJECTS AND LINES OF WORK
- For the dance industry and the professionals working in it, public aid and subsidies are vital to the development of their activity. ADDE carries out reviews and monitors public aid received from the Basque Autonomous Community, thus facilitating a constant dialogue between the industry and the institutions to optimise and update these procedures.
- In 2013, ADDE began to support internationalisation through the publication of the Basque Dance Works Catalogue in response to the demands of its members. A diagnosis and study of the tool were carried out from which lines of action were derived, focusing on awareness, collaboration, and international relations.
- ADDE has prepared a labour guide for dance professionals to facilitate good practices in hiring performers and creators, whether involving small business structures or teaching professionals. This labour guide aims to bridge the information gaps between dance professionals and the tax administration itself.
- ADDE has been coordinating and managing the programme that supports choreographic creations promoted by the Basque Government, Dantzan Bilaka, for years. This programme has evolved and changed in recent years thanks to a constant stream of considerations on its format and objectives.
- Education has been one of ADDE’s lines of action since its inception as a professional association. Throughout its existence, it has organised proposals and activities focused on dance education. Two projects in this field stand out: EDADEI, the Dance, Dramatic Art, Research and Education forum, and REDE, the State network for Dance and Education.