Un-Label: No one should be labelled!
The European cultural project Un-Label: New Grounds for inclusive Performing Arts launches in Cologne with an International Symposium on 3rd – 4th May 2016, bringing artists and cultural operators together to discuss the political and social dimension of inclusive performance methods. An Un-Label showcase will also premier the dance, theatre performance ‘L - Do I Need Labels To Love’ from 12th - 15th May 2016.
From May 2015 through to April 2017 seminars, artistic and inclusive workshops and a multidisciplinary dance-theatre production have been in development with and for people with a range of impairments.
Last September the first Un-Label workshop took place in Cologne, Germany. 22 international artists from different artistic backgrounds (music, dance, acting, poetry) worked on the topic 'self-love'. In November 2015 the second Un-Label workshop took place in Larissa, Greece where 20 artists from different artistic backgrounds (music, dance, acting,acrobatics) worked on the topic passionate love. In February 2016 the third Un-Label workshop took place in Istanbul, Turkey. 25 international artists from different artistic disciplines (music, dance, acting, poetry) worked on the topic of 'The big L – Love'. The groups developed different artistic approaches through improvisation and physical research.
The artists have been working towards a production to be presented to a wider public with guest performances both in Germany and abroad. 'L - Do I Need Labels To Love?' will contain elements of dance, music, theatre, spoken word and media art. Partner organizations from England, Greece, Turkey and Germany have contributed to this Un-Label production.
About 100 young artists from all over Europe have collaborated to work with new inclusive and imaginative ways to innovate the performing arts. The group of participants consists of people with sensory, mental, or physical disabilities and people without a disability.
Un-Label means "not to label anybody" and is aimed at people who in our society are often labelled in a negative way. Our cultural project is designed to create a counterbalance to this stigmatization. The manifold and creative potential the participants contribute to the project is hence to be rendered visible and to be made use of.
In doing so, Un-Label will at the same time set an example and enter new territory. It will show how people can both get and work together in artistic projects. This project combines different holistic concepts of inclusion and translates these into joint, creative and acting activities. This innovative project offers artists with and without disability the chance to develop their skills and to learn from each other.
Furthermore, the project offers to participate in additional symposiums and both surtitles and audio descriptions in the language of the country in which the performance is held will enable blind and partially-sighted people as well as deaf and hard of hearing people to attend the shows. Cologne University of Applied Sciences supports the project by evaluating it.
At the end of the project phase, the project elements will be published in a brochure compiling examples for inclusive projects from all over Europe.
The International Symposium will take place at FORUM Volkshochschule im Kulturquartier (Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum), Cologne from 3rd-4th May 2016
'L - Do I Need Labels To Love' will take place at Kölner Künstler Theater, Grüner Weg 5, 50825 Cologne from 12th – 15th May 2016
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/un.label.eu/
Newsletter registration: http://eepurl.com/bwwBOP
Un-Label is run by the Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Sommertheaters Pusteblume e.V. (Association of Sommertheater Pusteblume). For many years, the Cologne-based society has been successfully working in the field of cultural programs for people with and without disability. In doing so, the focus is always on an inclusive and integrative approach.
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: Sommertheater Pusteblume e.V. [ Lisette Reuter | Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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