Spark brings together four leading companies of professional inclusive dance and two renowned dance festivals from six European countries.
The aims for the project are to strengthen the existing network, share knowledge of specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance, increase the mobility of disabled dancers between partner’s and improve the touring possibilities for inclusive dance pieces.
The project provides international workshops for the sharing of practices and visions, and the invitation to artists with disabilities to participate in the festivals as active observers.
Within the project, in 2019, during Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, a training workshop and a round table have been held in Rovereto for dialogue and exchange of opportunities for dancers and cultural workers involved in the world of inclusive dance.
BewegGrund (CH) promotes inclusive dance, i.e. the joint dancing of people with and without disabilities. Since its foundation in 1998, the association, under the artistic direction of Susanne Schneider, regularly organizes courses and workshops with choreographers from Switzerland and abroad, works in schools and organizes a biennial festival. The Cie BewegGrund has realized a series of professional stage works that are touring internationally.
Spinn (S) started in 2010 as the first and only inclusive dance company working professionally in the Nordic countries. The company is leading the regional discussion on access and inclusion, generating exciting dialogue with many creative, educational and public institutions across the country with a view to inspiring a process of change. More than 17,000 people have seen Spinn or participated in their activities, which include mentoring Nordic dance artists and delivering youth dance activities.
CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (N) aims to strengthen dance as an art form in Norway by presenting a diversity of national and international contemporary dance through a biennale of the highest artistic calibre. The festival aims to contribute to the development of Norwegian dance through performances, workshops, seminars and other events and highlight Oslo and Norway as an international arena for contemporary dance.
Candoco Dance Company (GB) is the world's leading inclusive dance company employing disabled and non-disabled dancers. We create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability.
We deliver world-class commissions, extensive national and international performances, wide reaching learning, bespoke training and advocacy. Thereby raising levels of debate on dance and disability by demonstrating and discussing the creative potential of inclusive practice.
Candoco tours internationally with over 35 performances annually. Commissions include works by award-winning choreographers such as Jerome Bel, Emanuel Gat, Trisha Brown. Partners and presenters are Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Tanzhaus NRW and Oriente Occidente.
Dance group Magija (CRO) is a theater dance group based in Rijeka/ Croatia. Its dancers are the members of Association of people with cerebral and children palsy/ Rijeka. Since 2006 they have been devoted to the dance movement in the field of physical theater and contemporary dance. Magija' s work began with shorter dance productions and performances in the region. In 2013 they started developing invlusive dance scene in their region by collaborating with professional dancers and actors, dance students and other Associations of disabled pople. They are founders and producers of Dance Festival Inclusive Scenes that in 2019 is celebrating its fourth year of existence.
Tanzfähig (D) was founded in 2007 as an initiative to develop more physical diversity in contemporary dance. It is artistically and educationally oriented, and aims to provide access to contemporary dance for all people. It is nationally and internationally well-connected and appreciated for its concept. In the last few years its approach was successfully applied to several productions, regular dance trainings and numerous workshops. Dachverband Tanz, the umbrella organisation for dance in Germany and university partner Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz support the initiative's delivery.