DanceAble Symposium 2024

2 February 2024

Theater aan het Spui, The Hague



A symposium that aims to question, celebrate, and challenge—this event will utilize presentations, talks, panel discussions, and workshops involving individuals from diverse areas of our industry. Through engaging with the inclusive dance sector and fostering dialogue among participants, the objective is to continually learn and evolve in our practices.

DanceAble livestream
The Symposium can also be followed via livestream. Order your free tickets for this at the bottom of this page and you will receive the link for the livestream. The 'digital walk-in' is between 10.30 and 11.00. Prior to the Symposium there will be already a video footage showing. You can use this time to test your connection and equipment. Make sure you do this  time and your equipment is checked well in advance, so that you don't miss anything from the Symposium.

For this edition of the biennial DanceAble Symposium, Kimberley Harvey and Irene van Zeeland have collaborated to co-curate the upcoming fifth symposium. They've developed a program that seeks to be rich and evocative, providing ample time to explore specific questions that inspire the industry to progress. For this edition, we delve into the significance of advocacy within the field of dance artists with disabilities, both in the Netherlands and on the international stage. 

What precisely do we mean when we reference advocacy or activism in the context of a disabled dance artist? How can we better support systemic change toward a more equitable and inclusive dance industry?

Featuring speakers like Diana Niepce (Portugal), Katarzyna Żeglicka (Poland), Leisa Prowd (Australia), Jone San Martin Astigarraga (Spain), and many more, the symposium aims to shed light on their practices and how they relate to themes of advocacy and/or activism. The goal is to highlight the intricacies within the dance sector that labels like ‘inclusive dance’ or ‘dance & disability’ may not fully capture.

Additionally, the collaboration with the British Council, featuring speakers like Andrew Miller, provides insights into the position of the Dutch sector in relation to the developments taking place in the United Kingdom, making this day absolutely worthwhile. 

From 10:00 am is a walk-in, with coffee/tea. The official program of DanceAbleSymposium 2024 starts at 11:00 am.

The full overview of DanceAble Symposium 2024

An Accident © Susan Hay
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EXTRA at the DanceAble Symposium 2024

  • Coffee/tea and meals are included if you order a ticket for the DanceAble Symposium.
  • The performances of Leisa Prowd (Artist in Residence) & inclusionproject 'Als ver weg dichtbij voelt' can be seen during DanceAble Symposium 2024.
  • The performance An Accident on Friday Februari 2nd at 8:15 p.m. is included if you order a ticket for the DanceAble Symposium.

An Accident is a special, exciting new collaboration between Australian dancer Marc Brew and the world-renowned Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In this first joint creation, Brew (performer and co-creator) and Cherkaoui (choreographer and director) unravel moments from our lives, exploring profound events and fraught memories with and without words – using dance, storytelling, film and a car. The starting point for Brew and Cherkaoui was the sharing of their own life stories and the pivotal moments within them. For Brew, foremost among these was his car accident in 1997, transforming him from a successful ballet dancer into a paralyzed man confined to a wheelchair in a mere split second. 

More info about An Accident

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Fri 2 February 2024 10:00 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €30,00 Past
Fri 2 February 2024 11:00 Livestream Gratis Past


Artist in Residence – Leisa Prowd

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Als ver weg dichtbij voelt – Inclusiedansproject

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