Spark

The picture shows a large number of dancers standing and sitting with their hands in the air in a circle in a black room. Photo: Polina Ulianova

Spark

Spark was an international collaboration project between seven different European countries that ran from 2019-2021.

Spark brought together four leading companies of professional inclusive dance and three renowned dance festivals from seven European countries. The project was about strengthening already existing networks, sharing knowledge about specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance, creating a better mobility for the dancers from each respective organizations and their networks and to create touring possibilities for works by inclusive dance companies.

During the project, to larger collaborative labs were presented. The first lab focused on dramaturgy and took place in Rovereto, Italy on September 4-8 2019 in connection with the dance festival Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. The lab gathered 20 participants from seven countries and was lead by dramaturg Roberto Fratini Serafide. The second lab – Spark Lab Vara – took place at Vara Konserthus on August 20-24 2021. The lab in Vara was a hybrid between digital and physical participation, with dancers from around Europe working on site at Vara Konserthus, as well as dancers following and taking part of the lab via a live stream in their own respective countries. The lab was lead by Swedish choreographer Rani Nair and Canadian actress and filmmaker Nadia Adame. The lab also included the live-streamed talk So far, so good? – a reflective talk on personal and structural change in inclusive performing arts. Participants were Emilia Wärff (SE) – Dancer with Danskompaniet Spinn, Rani Nair (SE) – Choreographer, Elin Svensson (SE) – Producer at Regionteater Väst and Anna Consolati (IT) – General Manager at Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. The talk was lead by Catharina Bergil – Head of unit, Performing arts, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

Project partners
BewegGrund – Switzerland (Project Managers)
Oriente Occidente Dance Festival – Italy
Danskompaniet Spinn / Producentbyrån – Sweden
CODA Oslo International Dance Festival – Norway
Candoco Dance Company – Great Britain
Dance group Magie – Croatia
tanzfähig – Germany

Spark was realized with support from Pro Helvetia, Kulturrådet and Västra Götalandsregionen.

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Spark brought together four companies of professional inclusive dance and three renowned dance festivals from six European countries. The project ran through 2019-2021 and was about strengthening already existing networks and sharing knowledge about specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance.