‘I am a dancer’ by Leisa Prowd

‘I am a dancer’ by Leisa Prowd

November 4, 2022

Harmonia being performed at Theater Bremen in Germany. Photo: Jord Landsberg This article was originally published by Delving into Dance. I am continually questioning the idea of, “What is dance?” When I say, “I am a dancer” the question that usually follows is, “What form of dance do you do?” Up till

Europe Beyond Access presents new film about Disabled Artists and Covid-19


How have disabled artists across Europe experienced the pandemic? How have artist networks, collaborations, perspectives and ambitions changed since 2020 when Covid-19 began to circulate around the world? Our latest film features disabled artists reflecting on the past few years. Queer disabled Polish performer Katarzyna Żeglicka reflects on how lockdowns made

Katarzyna Żeglicka (Poland) reflects on the dramaturgy and documentation of diverse dance

February 3, 2022

Photo by Paweł Kuligowski Katarzyna Żeglicka is a queer disabled performer, dancer, choreographer and self-defence trainer, and one of a new generation of disabled artists who are challenging ableism in the performing arts. Katarzyna was one of the artists chosen for the fourth Europe Beyond Access artist laboratory The dramaturgy of movement

An interview with Natalija Vladisavljević

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 kruga - Vojvodina. Translation to English by Frosina Dimovska. Natalija Vladisavljević is a writer, choreographer, and performer active in Per.Art, the Europe Beyond Access partner in

Al Di Qua: a manifesto from Italy

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 as transforming the way disabled people are framed in the mainstream media and public imagination. Bringing together the voices of both established and emerging disabled artists

Podcast: dance, disability and building an international career


How do you work towards building an international career as a dancer or choreographer? How do you develop successful connections with curators and programmers? Listen to our podcast featuring disabled dance artists Claire Cunningham (Scotland) and Tanja Erhart (UK/Austria) interviewed by Konrad Kurowski (Producer at Lublin Dance Theatre, Poland). Together they discuss

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

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 which she focused on finding connections between dancers. Text: Sonja Parmentier / Laura Cornelisse. First published in Dutch by Holland Dance Festival. Can you introduce yourself? Sonja Parmentier

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

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 tool of shock, vulnerability, truth and raw self-expression. It places the body in  the public eye, revealing what is usually hidden, and uses explicitness and

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

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 learning disabled-led company Teatr 21. During the residency, Diana collaborated with the choreographer Justyna Wielgus, performing in her directorial debut "PokaZ" at Warsaw's Zachęta National

The long read: Dance and Disability in Poland

Country Profile, Opinion
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 Didn’t Happen”), directed by Justyna Sobczyk, received one of two special awards from the jury of the 12th International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy 2019. Celebratory remarks