Artist laboratory #2: Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places

Date: June 3, 2019 - June 7, 2019
Location: Sweden

Caroline Bowditch and Luke Pell led the second Europe Beyond Access laboratory for disabled artists from across Europe, this time taking place at Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Sweden.

Exploring the theme ‘Unexpected bodies in unexpected places’, the artists explored how to create site-specific performance and develop work that emerges from its environment. Encouraged to question social norms and behaviours of public spaces (skateparks, urban green spaces, parks and the seafront), the artists used the presence and movement of their bodies to find new uses, meaning and aesthetics. Confronting the exclusion and restriction of disabled people in many outdoor environments, the lab acted as a bold claim to the ownership of space.

The lab was hosted by Europe Beyond Access partner Skånes Dansteater which has become a leading voice in arts and disability in Sweden in part by integrating disabled dancers into its repertory company.