Un-Label

international | interdisciplinary | inclusive

Un-Label is an open community of artists from all over Europe and from various artistic disciplines (dance, music, drama, poetry) where the focus is not on the disabilities but on the diversity. Every individual is different and unique, seeking to develop his or her own expressive means. Within Un-Label, everybody perceives diversity as an opportunity of expressive pluralism and innovation, thus as an opportunity to evolve. This experience is then transformed into a coherent piece of art, a performance that on stage reflects our vision of a society without labels. To be able to un-label something or someone, we first have to un-label ourselves.

Labels aren’t necessarily a bad thing if we don’t “stick” to them. Apparently, we label everything. It is part of our human nature. First we label and then we look to understand and connect. The more we connect, the more we un-label. The more we un-label the more we connect.

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    Verflüchtigung

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    Verflüchtigung

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    Verflüchtigung

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    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

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    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

  • Image © MEYER ORIGINALS

    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

  • Image © MEYER ORIGINALS

    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

For a period of two years, the international cultural project “Un-Label – New Grounds for inclusive Performing Arts” will see about 100 artists with and without disabilities from all over Europe deal with new inclusive and innovative ways of performing arts.

Implementation take places within the framework of various workshops, an artistic residence and a large multidisciplinary dance theatre production which will be presented as national and international guest performances at renowned festivals. Un-Label is a joint project with partners from England, Greece, Turkey and Germany.

International symposia and new Audience Development methods will form part of the project in the form of surtitles and audio descriptions to ensure that also visually impaired people and the hard of hearing can attend the shows. The Cologne University of Technology, Arts, Sciences (TH Köln) supports the project by scientifically monitoring and evaluating it. All project elements as well as a compilation of inclusive best practice examples from all over Europe will finally be published in a working brochure.

The project is funded by EU "Creative Europe" program and by the Aktion Mensch (German Association for the Care of the Disabled). Project partners are: Candoco Dance Company (England), Synergy of Music Theatre (Greece), Association for The Development of Social and Cultural Life (SKYGD) (Turkey), Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany).

Contact details

Lisette Reuter
Manager and Producer

Un-Label
c/o Sommertheater Pusteblume
Hosterstr. 1-5
50825 Cologne
Germany

Artistic Director(s)

Director: Costas Lamproulis, Choreographer: Sabine Lindlar

Online

Email: info@un-label.eu
Web: http://un-label.eu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/un.label.eu/

The making of Un-Label (Original with English subtitles)

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Un-Label: No one should be labelled!

European cultural project launches in Cologne New inclusive ways for the performing arts Read more

Productions

L - Do I need Labels to Love?

Duration: 85
Number of people on road: 27
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

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Description

INTERNATIONAL MIXED-ABLED DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCE

100 Artists from all over Europe
3 International workshops
1 Theme: LOVE

This resulted in the Un-Label interdisciplinary company of 16 international artists who through theatre, dance, music, poetry, aerials and media, seeking to understand and express the question – Do I need Labels to Love?

I see a tree and I say: “this is a tree”. Then I probably say: “this is a big willow tree”. Then I name it my shelter and I lie under it to enjoy the coolness of its shadow. The wind on its leaves blows away the shapes and the colors. It is not a tree anymore.

Apparently, we label everything. It is in our human nature. First we label and then we look to understand and connect. The more we connect, the more we un-label. The big “L” Love is a state in which labels and boundaries have faded away.

Extra information

Each performance is accessible through audio and text description for visually impaired and deaf audience.

Performance trailer: https://youtu.be/7Db_uuyBaXo

Verflüchtigung - Can there be Identity without otherness?

Duration: 85
Number of people on road: 30
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

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Description

VERFLÜCHTIGUNG is a contemporary theatrical project about the foreign, the other, the common, the exclusion, the longing for normality. But what is normality and who defines and determines it? It is a project about possibilities, difficulties and the malignance of inclusion and socialization with a critical look at our society and at the personal search for identity.

Can there be identity without otherness? This is the fundamental question the inclusive theatrical performance VERFLÜCHTIGUNG deals with. 20 artists from Germany and Europe explore the importance and the allurement of being different, the charm of not fulfilling the norm.

What does it mean to our modern society, if humans do not adapt themselves to the so-called standards, thus meaning social norms and values? In a world, where diversity is reality and follows more and more the principles of fast, young and flexible, people are continuously finding themselves in a misfit position.
Under the pretext of a dystopian environment, the heroes of our myth are divided into two rival clans: the COMMONERS and the OTHERS. And as long as the COMMONERS have clear common traits, the OTHERS will be the different, the scapegoats.

But what happens if the signification of the ordinary and the diverse is reversed? VERFLÜCHTIGUNG is an allegorical journey into the world of our values, while at the same time a multidisciplinary performance that is willing to entertain and highlight the absurdity of our prejudices and appreciations. Due to the variety of performing arts as live music, dance, drama, acrobatics, video art and the Spoken Word, the international cast shows how to create cooperation despite growing differences.

Extra information

Performance trailer: https://youtu.be/49NJP4MvntM

Wrap-around work

Being a Europe-wide project, Un-Label provides interdisciplinary workshops for artists with and without disabilities who want to gain inclusive artistic experiences.

During the workshops the coaches use an inspiring cross-genre mix to demonstrate how different artistic methods from the performing arts can be used in the inclusive practice. Together they use experimental spaces to develop new ways of artistic expression, starting from the ideas and inputs of each individual involved.

The workshops are carried out by an international mixed-abled group of artists who came together in 2014 during the inclusive multidisciplinary dance theatre production “Verflüchtigung – Can there be identity without otherness?” (www.verfluechtigung.eu).