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DanceAble Symposium

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“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 (physical) 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 (Rediscover Me), Isis Geurts (Stichting Dans+), Robert Swinston, Diana Anselmo (Al.Di.Qua), Magali Saby (Be Together Academie), 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.

This edition of the DanceAble Symposium reaches well beyond a day of debate around inclusivity in our sector and will give you the possibility to take part in workshops with some of the speakers and watch their performances throughout the Holland Dance Festival. The first half of the day will also be live streamed and recorded for those who are unable to attend the physical event in The Hague. Sign up before the 10th of February at 12:00 to receive the streaming link via e-mail.

Where is the space for the professional disabled dance artist?
Panelists:
Magali Le Naour-Saby (France), 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
Hosts:
Robert Swinston (USA/France), Joop Oonk (NL), 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.

No dance clothes needed.

 

Aesthetics of Access
Host: Un-Label / Lisette Reuter (Germany) + Dodzi Dougban (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.

The performance All Inclusive (Un-Label + Diana Niepce) is included in the ticket price, as are lunch and a light dinner.

Dates & Tickets

Title Start date End date Start time Location Order
Symposium & Breakout session Where is the space for the professional disabled dance artists? + performance All Inclusive Fri. 11 February 2022 Fri. 11 February 2022 10:00 Korzo theater, Den Haag Order Tickets
Symposium & Breakout session Inclusive Choreographic Practice + performance All Inclusive Fri. 11 February 2022 Fri. 11 February 2022 10:00 Korzo theater, Den Haag Order Tickets
Symposium & Breakout session Aesthetics of Access + performance All Inclusive Fri. 11 February 2022 Fri. 11 February 2022 10:00 Korzo theater, Den Haag Order Tickets
Symposium online plenary session Fri. 11 February 2022 Fri. 11 February 2022 10:00 Korzo theater, Den Haag Order Tickets