Artistic Exchanges

Exchange between European artists is at the heart of Europe Beyond Access:

  • to support artistic innovation;
  • to counter geographic and artistic isolation of disabled artists;
  • to build transnational professional relationships.
Two performers on a theatre stage, one woman in a wheelchair holds another woman's hand as she lies back on the floor with one leg in the air.

5 Artistic Laboratories

The laboratories are the true experimental heart of Europe Beyond Access. These week-long processes of artistic experimentation and professional exchange bring together artists from each of the project partner countries. The artistic experimentation is led by senior disabled artists: sharing methodologies, asking questions, provoking debate.

The topics explored in the laboratories reveal some of the key questions being asked by a unique generation of European disabled performing artists. 

#1. Hamburg, DE: “Dance, Politics, Disability and the Body

#2. Malmö, SWE: “Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places

#3. Den Haag, NL: “Other artists, other bodies

#4. Rovereto, IT: “Social Relationships and the body”

#5: Athens, GR: “Disabled Leadership in Dance”

12 Solo Residencies: Skills transfer from mid-career to early-career disabled artists

A total of twelve 14-day residencies by a solo artist will be hosted during the project by six of the project partners: British Council; Onassis Cultural Centre; Holland Dance Festival; Per.Art; Skånes Dansteater; and Oriente Occidente. Each Solo Residency will see a leading overseas disabled artist invited by a project partner to undertake a two-week process with a group of local disabled artists. The invited artist can come from any country, and have been selected according to the skills and experience they will bring to the local sector. 

8 Group Residencies: Enabling trans-national artistic collaboration between peers

A total of eight group residencies will be hosted by five of the project partners: Onassis Cultural Centre; Holland Dance Festival; Kampnagel; Per.Art; and Oriente Occidente. The group residencies last 6 days and see a company or group of overseas artists invited to work with local peer artists – collaborating and developing relationships. 

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