A research and exploration into
the potential of dance as public art
rooted in the urban tissue of
Athens, Reggio Emilia and Brussels.

An Ideal City is the result of a collaboration among three leading institutions in the European dance scene:
  • Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto – Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Les Halles de Schaerbeek – Brussels, Belgium

  • Greek National Opera – Athens, Greece

With an overall duration of 22 months, specifically from October 2020 to July 2022, the project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union (call 2019) which aims to support the European cultural and creative sector.


The project aims to apply the historically consolidated functions of public art (enhancement of a site, creation of a shared and socially transversal rituality, affirmation of a wide and symbolic accessibility of art) to three European urban landscapes – Athens, Reggio Emilia and Brussels – that are deeply representative, both historically and symbolically.

More concretely, with An Ideal City the three Institutions aim at:

At the artistic level, the stated objectives are translated into the creation of MicroDances: short performances, lasting 6 to 10 minutes, designed for 1-3 dancers and for a micro space commissioned to artists from very different backgrounds and inspirations to enact a choreographic landscape that is as rich as it is varied.


Costanza Meli
Art historian, curator and researcher

Costanza Meli, art historian, lecturer and independent curator, born in Palermo in 1979, lives and works between Rome and Milan. In 2007 she founded, together with Barbara D’Ambrosio, the association Isole (Palermo), of which she is president and co-curator. With the association she realizes a research path that connects the themes of public art to the culture of the territory, intended as material, landscape and immaterial heritage, which is linked to the memory of places and their narration.
From 2011 to 2013 she participated in the project of constitution of the Museum of Migration of Lampedusa, coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Basile, at the Municipality of Lampedusa: project dedicated to the collection, study and preservation of objects belonging to migrants and found on the island.

Pauline de La Boulaye
Producer and public art critic

Pauline de La Boulaye studied contemporary history and social sciences (Paris 10, Institut d’études européennes Paris 8). Since 1998 she has organized exhibitions and conferences and undertaken research for museums, local authorities and private and corporate collectors. A contributing writer of several magazines, she’s been giving lectures at ISELP in Brussels since 2012 and in high schools (curatorial master, royal academy of fine arts and centrale for contemporary art, Brussels 2015 / le Septantecinq / la Cambre).
A writer and independent curator, her work covers visual arts, architecture, performing arts, public space, museums, ethnography, fictions, institutions, and always has a historical or philosophical connection. One of her projects, for the auctioneers Artcurial in Paris, involved setting up an original series of debates on current affairs as reflected in art.

Nadja Argyropoulou
Critic and indipendent curator

Nadja Argyropoulou is an independent curator based in Athens.

She holds a BA in history and archaeology (Kapodistrian University, Athens, GR) and an MA in art history and theory (Essex University, UK).
She has cooperated with a large number of cultural institutions, museums and art entities, both private and public, and curated exhibitions and interdisciplinary projects in Greece and abroad. She researches creative ecologies, anarchy, exo-urban living and emerging intersections of aesthetics and politics. She is a founding member of the collective “Saprofyta”. She has written reviews and texts for books, solo and group exhibitions and art related publications.


Gigi Cristoforetti
Managing and programming Director //
Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto
Christophe Galent
Managing and artistic director //
Les Halles de Schaerbeek
Konstantinos Rigos
Ballet director //
Greek National opera