Currently, vertical dance is experiencing a creative boom, secure and mature enough in its own identity to encourage collaborations with other art forms.
Vertical Dance practitioners are also finding themselves being approached by other arts organisations and practices as innovative, exciting creative partners.
These new explorations and relationships reinvent public spaces, reimagine other bodies and create new contemporary narrative.

From its’ beginning 30 years ago, vertical dance evolved from the multiple practices and influences of it’s initial instigators. It was born from the desire to explore space, environment and become a place where everything was possible. Over a period of several years, these explorers managed to create a common body language and to elaborate techniques that would engage with stages, cities and natural spaces in new and exciting ways.

The Vertical Dance Forum, created by Retouramont, wishes to lead a reflection on vertical dance as an innovative and major practice nowadays.

Many topics were identified and ready to be shared in order to run a collective reflection beyond this group:
- Can we consider vertical dance to be a new art?
- How is vertical dance taking part in a contemporary questioning of society or city?
- Do we need to define vertical dance? What would be the definition?  
- How do vertical dance collaborations with other arts open new potential for the practice?
- How can riggers justify and defend modifications of rules from industrial sector, in the purpose of dancers safety and to facilitate vertical dance?
- Vertical dance is a tool of spatiality, how can we develop its potential?      

We do not want to establish rules but rather to open spaces for discussions and thoughts, organising meetings, forums and exchanges. These tools will bring to a better awareness of the dynamic in which we operate and develop better creative and working conditions.

Aeriosa Dance Society, CANADA
www.aeriosa.com - julia@aeriosa.com
Artistic Director Julia Taffe
photo by © Tim Matheson
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, IRELAND
www.fidgetfeet.com - chantal@fidgetfeet.com
Artistic Director Chantal McCormick
photo by © Splat
Gravity & Levity, UNITED KINGDOM
www.gravity-levity.net - info@gravity-levity.net
Artistic Director Lindsey Butcher
photo by © Pari Nader
Histeria Nova, CROATIA

www.histerianova.com - info@histerianova.com
Artistic Director Marija Šćekić
photo by © Andrej Car
Il Posto Vertical Dance, ITALY
www.ilposto.org - info@ilposto.org
Artistic Director Wanda Moretti
photo by © Karl Johaentges
Kate Lawrence Vertical Dance, NORTH WALES
Artistic Director Kate Lawrence
photo by © Simon Edwards 
CIE Retouramont, FRANCE

www.retouramont.com marie@retouramont.com
Artistic Director Fabrice Guillot
photo by © Retouramont