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 three renowned dance festivals from seven 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 2021 we will carry out similar labs again and thus offer more dancers this important further education and networking opportunity. The first lab focused on dramaturgy and took place in Rovereto, Italy in September 2019.
Spark Lab Vara 2021
Spark Lab Vara takes place at Vara Konserthus on August 20-24 2021. The lab in Vara is 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 will be lead by Swedish choreographer Rani Nair and Canadian actress and filmmaker Nadia Adame.
Rani Nair (SE)
Rani Nair is a dancer and choreographer whose works have been programmed at the Centre National de la Dance Paris, ImpulsTanz Vienna and Spielart festival Munich to name a few. She is represented at Dansmuséet in Stockholm and in the book Oxford Dictionary of Dance and Re-enactment. Rani’s latest work Baba Karam will premiere during the 2021 edition of Göteborgs dans- & teaterfestival.
Nadia Adame (CA)
Nadia Adame is an award-winning dancer & choreographer, actress and filmmaker. She has performed in companies around Europe, Middle East, and North America and performed at the Kennedy Centre with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Nadia’s acting career includes theatre and independent film projects. She likes to tell stories through movement.
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– a reflective talk on personal and structural change in inclusive performing arts
Over the years we have worked tirelessly to change the idea of who is allowed on stage. Drawing from experiences from both previous and existing networks, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the changes that have been made during these years. What have we learned from working in inclusive dance? Have we gained new audiences or new insights, and how does the personal journey relate to the bigger picture?
Participants are Emilia Wärff (SE) – Dancer with Danskompaniet Spinn, Rani Nair (SE) – Choreographer, Malin Aghed (SE) – Skapa Manager at GöteborgsOperan and Anna Consolati (IT) – General Manager at Oriente Occidente Dance Festival. The talk is lead by Catharina Bergil – Head of unit, Performing arts, at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. The talk takes place at Vara Konserthus – but will also be live-streamed – and is held in English.
Spark Lab Vara is presented in collaboration with Vara Konserthus.
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 and Västra Götalandsregionen.
Spark brings together four companies of professional inclusive dance and two renowned dance festivals from six European countries. The project runs through 2019-2021 and is a.o. about strengthening already existing networks and sharing knowledge about specific working methods and choreographic approaches in inclusive dance.