What’s new in Europe Beyond Access II?
March 1, 2024
Following the announcement that Europe Beyond Access has secured Creative Europe funding for a further four years, Project Director, Ben Evans explains what was learnt from the first iteration and what changes will be made.
Moby Dick, Chiara Bersani/Danskompaniet Spinn. Image: Simone Cargnoni
Late last year, it was confirmed that Europe Beyond
Europe Beyond Access partner Holland Dance Festival – a leading Dutch dance organisation whose mission is to make dance accessible for everybody regardless of age, social or cultural background, ability or disability – presents the 18th edition of its world-renowned biennial festival.
The festival will showcase the richness, diversity and inclusivity
A new resource for dance teachers has just been launched by Holland Dance Festival and Stopgap Dance Company, supported through Europe Beyond Access.
The eight-part video series is aimed at dance educators who are keen to increase the accessibility of their teaching and covers topics from:
warm upsmovement explorationsdiscovering and
An evening of four new dance duets with disabled dancers commissioned by Skånes Dansteater, Onassis STEGI, Oriente Occidente and Holland Dance Festival as part of Europe Beyond Access.
An audio-described version is available below:
A touring pack for programmers and producers looking to book this show is available here.
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Cornered (Holland Dance Festival).
The Kalamata Dance Festival, in partnership with Onassis STEGI presents Mixed Doubles, four duets with disabled and non-disabled dancers created by Faizah Grootens, Venetsiana Kalampaliki, Diego Tortelli, and Roser López Espinosa. The duets have been commissioned by Holland Dance Festival (the Netherlands), Onassis STEGI (Greece), Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Italy),
Sander Verbeek is a contemporary dancer supported by Holland Dance Festival in The Netherlands, as well as being an Apprentice Dancer with Stopgap Dance Company in the UK.
From 2017 to 2018, he took part in the esteemed programme i-Dance, enabling collaborations with Onassis Stegi (Greece) and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden).
During DanceAble #3 from Holland Dance Festival, Marc Brew and AXIS Dance Company spent two weeks as artists in residence to collaborate with Dutch and Polish disabled dancers.
The Polish dancers that were selected to attend - Tatiana Cholewa, Patrycja Jarosińska and Dominika Feiglewicz - have been participating in Europe Beyond
Europe Beyond Access introduces… Jordy Ruhl, a performer and actor with Theater Babel Rotterdam who was selected for our third artist laboratory, hosted by Holland Dance Festival in Maastricht.
When speaking about his practice, he says:
‘I want to create chaos performances, not about language or something that you see, but
Over the past months, many theatres, cultural institutions, arts spaces and dance companies have taken more of their activities online.
Yet how do we ensure that digital workshops, seminars and events that take place are accessible and invite full participation from disabled audiences?
This nine-part series from Holland Dance Festival and
Meet Maikel Walker, a Dutch disabled breaker that has entered the world of contemporary dance and theatre production with his bold creative ideas and innovative combination of styles.
Maikel’s dance practice is influenced by his training in martial arts and his experience as a B-boy. Maikel has worked with Jonzi D,