The establishment of BIMERAS was the culmination of a decade of research and effort towards supporting and promoting international collaborations in the field of contemporary dance and performance. The most desired result of this effort was the creation of an international contemporary dance festival in 2007. Aiming to contribute to the perception of dance as a legitimate artistic and theoretical field, iDANS International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival brings some of the most challenging artists of the field to Istanbul every year. It is the first and only international transdisciplinary festival encompassing visual and live art in Turkey. Each edition is framed around a curatorial concept and hosts around 40 visual arts projects, staged performances, lecture/performances and performative installations, as well as symposia and publications around the selected theme.