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An interview with Natalija Vladisavljević

By Disability Arts International on April 28, 2021

Photograph: Anja Beutler Interview To Meet in Contemporary Dance, with choreographer and performer Natalija Vladisavljević, originally published in the online magazine Portal o invalidnosti, organizacije Iz

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  • Dance
  • Serbia

Open letter to major European policymakers demands full participation of people with disabilities in the arts

By Joe on December 3, 2020

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020, members of the European Arts & Disability Cluster have written an open letter to multiple European

  • Access for Audiences
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  • International Exchange
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Literature
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  • Music
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  • Theatre
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Al Di Qua: a manifesto from Italy

By Disability Arts International on December 2, 2020

Al. Di. Qua. is a newly formed group leading the way in advocating for the autonomy and rights of disabled artists in Italy, as well

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  • Personal insight
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  • Italy

Dates for your (digital) diary in autumn 2020

By Joe on October 7, 2020

With the continued raft of postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19, Disability Arts International shares details of a few key events taking place digitally in

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  • Live Art
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  • Visual Arts
  • Belgium
  • Germany

Sync Leadership – leading online in Canada

By Joe on September 24, 2020

Sync Leadership is a disabled-led programme exploring Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media which combines leadership theory with one-to-one coaching. It was

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  • Live Art
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  • Visual Arts
  • Canada

The development and availability of accessible books

By Joe on June 4, 2020

Sandra Alland, co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), explores the accessibility on offer for disabled audiences

  • Access for Audiences
  • Literature
  • Canada
  • UK
  • USA

‘You can always find a connection’: an interview with Sonja Parmentier

By Disability Arts International on May 7, 2020

© Joris-Jan Bos Photography In the most recent DanceAble, Holland Dance Festival invited dancer, teacher and choreographer Sonja Parmentier to deliver a series of masterclasses in

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  • Dance
  • Netherlands

Naked and disabled: the body as a site of strength and beauty

By Disability Arts International on May 5, 2020

Diana Niepce performs in Teatr21's PokaZ in Warsaw. Photo: Pawel Kuligowski There is a long tradition of artists and performers being drawn towards nudity as a

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  • Poland
  • Portugal

From Portugal to Poland: coming to Warsaw as an international disabled artist-in-residence

By Disability Arts International on April 7, 2020

The first disabled artist to receive the EU’s i-Portunus fund, Portuguese dancer Diana Bastos Niepce speaks about her experience undertaking a residency in Poland with

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  • Poland
  • Portugal

The long read: Dance and Disability in Poland

By Disability Arts International on March 24, 2020

By Alicja Müller (translated by Marta Dziurosz). Read the full version published in Polish on taniecpolska.pl Recently, Teatr 21’s ‘Rewolucja, której nie było’ (“The Revolution That

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Italian artist Chiara Bersani on COVID-19 and disability

By Disability Arts International on March 24, 2020

Chiara Bersani's Gentle Unicorn. Photo: Roberta Segata Courtesy Centrale Fies Chiara Bersani is an Italian performing artist and choreographer whose work in theatre and

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  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Italy

European Arts & Disability cultural highlights for your calendar

By Joe on February 18, 2020

Disability Arts International shares a small selection of some of the most interesting disabled-led and inclusive work coming up over the next six months from across Europe.

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  • Switzerland
  • UK

Katarzyna Żeglicka: There are no borders between dance and disability

By Disability Arts International on December 17, 2019

Katarzyna Żeglicka is a Polish artist taking part in Europe Beyond Access, a transnational programme supporting disabled artists to internationalise their careers. This is her

  • International Exchange
  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Poland

Why we need more disabled choreographers

By Disability Arts International on November 14, 2019

Co-founder of Candoco Dance Company (the first professional company for disabled and non-disabled dancers), Adam Benjamin co-led the third Europe Beyond Access artist laboratory

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  • Dance
  • Netherlands

Jo Bannon: ‘Why do we prioritise the visual sense?’

By Jo Bannon on November 4, 2019

The third Europe Beyond Access laboratory took place in Maastricht and was hosted by Holland Dance Festival. Taking part in the lab, UK performance artist

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  • Live Art
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  • Netherlands
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Be In! An international accessible film festival network

By Joe on October 18, 2019

Following discussions between Oska Bright (UK), Klappe Auf (Germany) and Engelsiz Festival (Turkey), the trio decided to self-initiate a network of trusted disability film festivals from across Europe. Joe Turnbull investigates the network and its constituent partners.

  • International Exchange
  • Film
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • UK

IntegrArt: embracing disabled leadership

By David on May 22, 2019

On 2 and 3 May 2019, the 7th edition of the IntegrART symposium took place in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Gessnerallee theatre. For the first time, the two-day symposium was curated and organised by two women who identify as disabled, Nina Mühlemann, performance scholar and arts practitioner and Tanja Erhart, a UK-based cultural anthropologist and dancer. Mühlemann writes about her experience as a co-organiser.

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Europe Beyond Access: developed in the laboratory

By Joe Turnbull on February 14, 2019

Europe Beyond Access is a four-year pan-European project aimed at supporting disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors, initiated by a consortium of seven leading culture organisations and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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  • Funding
  • International Exchange
  • Dance

Process and Presence: a virtual gallery from DisArt

By David on December 10, 2018

Jill Vyn and Chris Smit, Co-Directors of DisArt, a disability arts organisation based in Michigan, USA introduce their exhibition Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture discussing the various accessibility features they implemented, including a virtual tour and online gallery with accompanying audio descriptions and soundscapes.

  • Symposia/conferences
  • Visual Arts
  • USA

The development of captioning in the performing arts

By David on December 3, 2018

Following the launch of National Theatre’s smart caption glasses in October, disabled writer, artist and curator, Sandra Alland, explores the development of captioning for live performance, highlighting a range of international innovations.

  • Access for Audiences
  • Theatre
  • Canada