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Spinn’s artistic director Veera Suvalo Grimberg has just got back from Bern in Switzerland where she met the partners of the project Spark!

Spark is in many ways an continuation of the EU project Moving Beyond Inclusion and is about further strengthening integrated and inclusive performing arts. The idea is to host artistic labs during a two-year period and to also invite dancers and other artistic staff to festivals to act as advisors and observers, but also to actively take part in discussions, workshops and report from the festivals.

Image from meeting in Bern in October 2018

In addition to us in Spinn along with Producentbyrån, the project consists of Swiss company BewegGrund, the festivals Oriente Occidente Dance Festival in Italy and CODA Danse Festival in Norway, English company Candoco Dance Company, Dance group Magie from Croatia and tanzfähig from Germany.

Spark is about strengthening existing networks, to increase knowledge and exchange of specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance, to increase and improve mobility and touring opportunities for dancers with disabilities within the network.

“It feels so incredibly rewarding to pick up the conversation where we left off with Moving Beyond Inclusion. Security, boldness and a continued curiosity is what characterized the dialogue now when us companies and festivals started planning Spark In Bern last weekend. There we also saw Cie BewegGrund perform with Alessandro Schiattarella’s piece One at a time. During 2019 and 2020 we hope to be able to present Sparl Labs in both Italy and Sweden.” – Veera Suvalo Grimberg, artistic director

More information about Spark to follow!