Europe Beyond Access introduces Sophia Neises (Germany)

How do you create dance that is brilliant for non-sighted audiences. Not just accessible, but the best that it can be? We meet choreographer and dramaturg Sophia Neises and learn more about her unique creative practice.

Sophia Neises is a choreographer, dramaturg, performer and theatre educator from Germany. In 2019, as a visually impaired artist she began an intense exploration around audio description as an art form, as well as ‘non-visual dance’ and its influence on the relationship between performer and audience. She has also collaborated with Jess Curtis/Gravity in Berlin and San Francisco for the performance (In)Visible exploring dance for non-sighted audiences, and with Zwoisy Mears-Clarke.

Europe Beyond Access is a collaboration between 7 leading arts organisations from across Europe: British Council (UK), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente (Italy) and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It aims to support disabled artists to break through the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.

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