Spark

Image from Regionteater Väst in Uddevalla. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin

Spark

Spark is a project that in many ways is a continuation of the EU project Moving Beyond Inclusion that Spinn and Producentbyrån were part of between 2016 to 2018.

Spark brings together four leading companies of professional inclusive dance and two renowned dance festivals from six European countries. The project is about strengthening already existing networks, share knowledge about specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance, create a better mobility for the dancers from each respective organizations and their networks and create touring possibilities for works by inclusive dance companies.

In the two years of Moving Beyond inclusion we were able to develop an initial understanding of the working methods of the various partners. We built trust in each other and discussed specific questions concerning inclusive dance. The mobility of the disabled dancers between the partners increased, and the knowledge of working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance has increased. Building on this experience, the following activities are planned during the Spark project:

– The three festivals BewegGrund – Das Festival, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival and CODA Oslo International Dance Festival each invite disabled artists. They take part in the festival as advisors, observers and also actively in discussions and workshops.

– Part of Moving Beyond Inclusion were two choreographic labs in which all dancers of the participating partners met for one week each and worked with different choreographers, exchanged ideas and networked. These labs were perceived as extremely enriching by all artists involved. Therefore, in 2019 and 2020 we will carry out similar labs again and thus offer more dancers this important further education and networking opportunity. The first lab is focusing on dramaturgy and takes place in Rovereto, Italy in September 2019. The second lab takes place in Region Västra Götaland during Autumn 2020.

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 is realized with support from Pro Helvetia.

Information

Spark brings together four companies of professional inclusive dance and two renowned dance festivals from six European countries. The project runs through 2019-2020 and is a.o. about strengthening already existing networks and sharing knowledge about specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance.