Inclusive dance · Summary list

The EDN Atelier exChange Perspectives aimed to shake up, change perspectives, make visible, challenge and examine norms concerning body, disabilities and choreography within education and the dance field. During two days we highlighted issues concerning how we can make the dance field more accessible for a diversity of bodies, perspectives and functionalities. Through lectures, talks and performances we examined the prevailing norms that affect dance in Sweden and internationally.

Contents of the Atelier

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How inclusive is dance education today?

The artists Sindri Runudde, Emilia Wärff, Anna Bergström and Joel Brown talked about how they navigate between dance educations in Sweden and Europe. Whose body should adapt to what within dance education today? How do we reach beyond the attitudes and descriptions that include certain bodies while they differentiate or exclude others? These were the opening questions of the talk, moderated by Annika Notér Hooshidar.

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Dance and working with special needs schools

Lecture by Live Art Collective MELO. The group experiments in different ways with the audience’s role and participation, and examines the relationship between audience and performer. During the last few years the work has been focussing more and more on children and young people with special needs and the group has through several years of investigation and doing found approaches to working with norm breaking functionality.

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Curating for who? (part 1)

Stine Nilsen and Joel Brown talk about how the company Candoco Dance Company was founded and how they have worked throughout 25 years within inclusive dance practices and integrated dance.

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Curating for who? (part 2) 

Roberto Casarotto, from Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa (Italy) talks about how an inclusive perspective on body and choreography can develop possibilities for contemporary dance, today and in the future. He has experience in curating with an including perspective and experiences of audience development in connection with the project DANCE WELL-Movement research for Parkinson.

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Curating for who? (part 3)

Panel discussion with the participation of Roberto Casarotto (CSC Bassano del Grappa), Joel Brown and Stine Nilsen (Candoco Dance Company) and moderated by Tanja Mangalanayagam regarding an inclusive perspective on programming and dance.

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British Council’s work with accessing arts for disabled people as audiences and artists

Ben Evans introduces us to the British Council’s work with accessing arts for disabled people as audiences and artists.

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Programming dance venues in the future

Panel discussion Visions! What does programming of dance venues in Sweden and Europe look like in five years time?. Veera suvalo Grimberg (Spinn Dance Company), Christine Bylund and Cristina Caprioli (capp/c.off) exchanged ideas for the future regarding inclusiveness and accessibility are compared to today’s situation. Moderated by Annelie Gardell (Dansens Hus Stockholm).

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