Europe Beyond Access: Dance, Politics, Disability & the Body

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In February 2019, more than 20 disabled dance practitioners from across Europe took part in Dance, Politics, Disability and the Body, the first of five artistic exchange laboratories of Europe Beyond Access. The laboratory was hosted at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany’s largest production centre for performing arts and facilitated by Serbia’s Per.Art, who invited three learning-disabled artists to lead the series of workshops: Julia Häusermann (Theater HORA), Natalija Vladisavljić (Per.Art) and Dennis Seidal (Meine Damen und Herren). It was programmed as part of Kampnagel’s annual dance festival, Fokus Tanz which featured work by renowned international dance artists, including disabled choreographer Michael Turinsky. Find out more about Dance, Politics, Disability & the Body

Introducing Europe Beyond Access

Introducing Europe Beyond Access, a four-year pan-European project aimed at supporting disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors. Watch the trailer for Europe Beyond Access

Access to live music for disabled audiences

How can access to live music be improved for disabled audiences? Two contrasting organisations, Glastonbury Festival, the world's largest greenfield festival, and Band on the Wall, a 340-capacity venue in Manchester, outline two approaches and suggest ways any live music organisation can become more accessible. Both organisations have attained the 'Gold Standard' on Attitude is Everything's Charter of Best Practice. Attitude is Everything is a charity which works with venues and festivals to improve access provision across the industry. See here for further information and resources about accessibility in live music

Two approaches to developing access in galleries & museums

Providing access to disabled audiences means so much more than just ensuring they can get into the building. This short film commissioned by the British Council explores two ingenious approaches by organisations from different sections of the UK's galleries and museums ecology, Tate and Attenborough Arts Centre, demonstrating that with creative and inclusive thinking, any organisation can improve its access offer. Find out more about access in galleries and museums

OHMI Trust

The OHMI (One-Handed Musical Instrument) Trust is a UK-based charity which enables musicians with physical impairments to take part in music making. This short film explores their annual international instrument-making competition, which garners innovative solutions - whether adapting classic instruments or recreating them using electronic technology - which allow disabled musicians the opportunity to play at all levels, from school students to the highest levels of virtuosity. Read more about the OHMI Trust

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: Disability Arts International’s picks

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, Disability Arts International presents a selection of its recommendations from the theatre and dance programme at the 2017 festival. Read more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

Ramps on the Moon: Inclusive theatre transforming mainstream organisations

Ramps on the Moon, funded by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund, is a consortium of six 'mainstream' regional theatres, supported by disabled-led Graeae Theatre Company. It aims to open up the participating institutions to disabled people as artists and audiences. Ramps on the Moon produces large-scale productions of existing musicals with integrated casts and creative use of access features. Learn how Ramps on the Moon hopes to transform not only the partner organisations, but the theatre sector more generally. Read more about Ramps on the Moon

Artists in Conversation: Liz Carr

Actor, comedian and disability rights activist, Liz Carr talks about her Unlimited-commissioned theatre production, Assisted Suicide the Musical. This ‘TED Talk with show tunes’ explores the serious issue of assisted suicide but through the glitz and mischief of a modern musical. Carr uses that musical form as a metaphor for the ‘clap-along’ nature of the assisted suicide debate. Read more about Liz Carr

In Conversation with John McGrath

Manchester International Festival’s Artistic Director, John McGrath has been a long-term collaborator with disabled artists and disability-led companies. John shares his thoughts on the artists who have most influenced both his own way of working and the wider arts ecology. Read more about John McGrath

Jess Thom on accessibility and Dublin Theatre Festival 2016

Jess Thom aka Touretteshero talks to Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, programmer at axis: Ballymun about ‘Backstage in Biscuit Land,’ the importance of presenting high quality arts and disability work on our stages and on increasing accessibility for everyone to theatre. Presented at Dublin Theatre Festival 2016 by Arts & Disability Ireland and axis:Ballymun with funding from Arts Council, Ireland and British Council. Read more about Jess Thom

Artists in Conversation: Oliver MacDonald

In the first of our Artists in Conversation series, we speak to sculptor and conceptual artist, Oliver MacDonald, recipient of the 2016/17 Adam Reynold’s Memorial Bursary (ARMB), organised by Shape Arts. The prize includes a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate between February and April 2017. MacDonald discusses his ideas for the residency and his practice, with input from CEO of Shape Arts, Tony Heaton and Director of Turner Contemporary, Victoria Pomery. Read more about Oliver MacDonald

Three Adventures in Accessible Music Technology (AMT)

Accessible Music Technology (AMT) is on the cusp of moving from holding a niche place within music-making to becoming a part of a bigger mainstream practice and disabled artists are at the forefront of creating innovative new ways of making music using technology. Read more about AMT

Disabled Leaders in Dance

How are disabled dance artists challenging the world of contemporary dance? Who are the disabled choreographers at the foreground of artistic innovation? Why is it important that disabled dance artists author their own work as choreographers and artistic leaders? These are just some of the questions explored by Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director of London’s Dance Umbrella, as she talks to dancers, choreographers and artistic programmers from the UK and overseas. Read more about Disabled Leaders in Dance

An introduction to Deaf and disabled arts in the UK

Garry Robson (Fittings Multimedia Arts), Tony Heaton (Shape) and Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company) provide valuable insights into the context in which UK Deaf and disabled artists have emerged to become key international names. Read more about this introduction to Deaf and disabled arts in the UK

Arts and disability in Scotland

Jori Kerremans (Scottish Dance Theatre), Claire Cunningham (artist), Maggie Maxwell (Creative Scotland), Caroline Bowditch (artist) and Robert Softley (artist) uncover the infrastructure that has helped nurture Scottish artists to mainstream international success. Read more about Arts and disability in Scotland

Arts, disability and international exchange

Garry Robson (Fittings Multimedia Arts), Maria Oshodi (Extant), Stine Nilsen (Candoco Dance Company), Claire Cunningham (artist) and Caroline Bowditch (artist) explore the importance of international exchanges for artistic and organisational development. Read more about Arts disability and international exchange

Dance and disability in the UK

Stine Nilsen (Candoco), Emma Gladstone (Dance Umbrella), Caroline Bowditch (artist) and Claire Cunningham (artist) explore the excellent work of British disabled-led dance companies, including world-renowned Candoco Dance Company. Read more about Dance and disability in the UK

Sign Language and Audio Description in theatre

Robert Softley (artist), David Lan (Young Vic), Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company), Jean St Clair and Jeni Draper (Fingersmiths), Garry Robson (Fittings Multimedia Arts) and Maria Oshodi (Extant) discuss different ways in which artists, companies and venues are striving to make theatre truly accessible. Read more about Sign Language and Audio Description