DanceAble Symposium

“A symposium that will question, celebrate, and challenge.”

Through presentations, talks, panel discussions and workshops with individuals working across different areas of our industry, we will ask questions of the inclusive dance sector and each other. The aim is always to keep learning and to keep evolving in what we do and HOW we are doing it.

be brave
be curious
be honest
be wholehearted
be proactive

To curate this edition of the bi-annual DanceAble Symposium – held on the 11th of February 2022 – Kimberley Harvey and Irene van Zeeland have joined forces. They have composed a program that is rich yet leaves time to dive deeper into certain questions that inspire the sector to keep moving forward. Questions like ‘Where is the space for the professional disabled dance artist?’, ‘What is Inclusive Choreographic Practice?’ and ‘What are the Aesthetics of Access?’ will form the basis of the afternoon sessions. Participants are invited to have a conversation with experts from around Europe and will be challenged to think about how the sector can practically and proactively keep evolving.

With speakers such as Charlotte Darbyshire (Candoco), Damar Lamers (ReDiscoverMe), Isis Geurts (Stichting Dans+), Robert Swinston, Diana Anselmo (Al.Di.Qua), Jordy Dik (Compagnie 21), Lisette Reuter (Un-Label) and Claudia Marinelli (LKCA) we dive into these topics to search for our own blind spots and prejudice.

With a very special keynote speech by Kimberley Harvey, we dive into the question of disability as (part of) an identity:

Who you are and how you identify is complex, multi-layered and it can shift. But in my experience, as someone with a visible disability, all too often it can feel like your identity starts and ends with the fact that you are a ‘disabled person’ or a ‘wheelchair user’ – as if everything else is somehow less relevant. Then, what do you do?

The stage will also show the results of a week-long Artist in Residency period where Misiconi Dance Company (Rotterdam) and Joop Oonk worked together with Robert Swinston. They explored the concepts of chance – as initiated by Merce Cunningham – to create a very special presentation for this occasion.

For the Artist In Residency it is also possible to follow the process in the studio via Zoom.  The livestream is open on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th of February from 13:00 – 16:00. And the end result will be shown on the 11th of February during the livestream of the DanceAble Symposium.

In addition to the online DanceAble Symposium, you can enjoy live performances such as All Inclusive (Un-Label & Diana Niepce) and No Bodies (Compagnie 21).

10:00 – 11:00 Plenary session
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Where is the space for the professional disabled dance artist?
12:15 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 14:00 Inclusive Choreographic Practice
14:00 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15 Aesthetics of Access
15:15 – 15:30 Closing

Dutch sign language interpreters Nicoline de Pater and Irma Sluis and British sign language interpreters from Just Sign will translate throughout the symposium.

Where is the space for the professional disabled dance artist?
Damar Lamers (NL), Isis Geurts (NL), Diana Anselmo (Italy).

In this session, four very different dance artists will talk to each other and the audience about (the lack of) space for dance artists with a disability. Based on their own experiences they will analyze these spaces and ask each other and the audience how and where the space for dance artists with a disability is or should be. How can we collectively contribute to making existing space – physical or otherwise – more accessible and how can new space be created?

The session will be in English.

Inclusive Choreographic Practice
Jordy Dik (NL), Margriet Jacobs (NL), Charlotte Darbyshire (UK).

During this session, choreographers with a variety of experiences and approaches to inclusive work will present their practices to the audience. This will include sharing their approach through physical tasks together in the space. Dive into the world of the inclusive working methods of these choreographers and discover what this could mean for your own practice.

The session will be in English.

Aesthetics of Access
Host: Un-Label / Lisette Reuter (Germany) + Nils Rottgardt (Germany) + Max Greyson (Belgium).

In this workshop we will look at the process of using access as part of the artistic creation and not as an afterthought or something added after the artistic product is finished. Un-Label has used this approach with Gravity (and other attractions), which you will be able to see in the evening. The piece incorporated sign language and audio description from the outset.They will share insights into their creative process; as well as best practices for when you want to start using access as an aesthetic. They also pose the questions ‘how can access contribute to a very unique aesthetic and how can this enhance the experience for both non-disabled and disabled audiences?’

The session will be in English.

If there is a way that we can support you to access this information and network, please get in touch. Every individual’s needs are different, so please tell us what would make it more accessible for you and we will do all we can.

Dates & Tickets

Title Start date End date Start time Location Order
DanceAble Symposium Fri. 11 February 2022 Fri. 11 February 2022 10:00 Sorry, event has already occurred