Wiener Tanzwochen (Vienna, Austria), Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium), Centre National de la Danse (Paris, France) and The Place (London, UK) will work together to develop a new audience for contemporary dance performance amongst blind/partially-sighted people by creating and touring dance works made specifically to include that community as spectators and participants.

We are aiming for a step-change in the way artist and dance organisations create work with an awareness of this audience. Our arts organisations will thus be better equipped as cultural businesses to connect with these citizens and the networks that support them. Through our status amongst European art networks we will be able to share both the developed artworks and our learning easily across the EU, providing a model for best practice and a pathway to sustain engagement with this underrepresented audience.

To do so, the work program will consist of:

  • workshops, labs and symposia to research and develop the program with experts, artists and blind/partially-sighted people in Paris, London, Brussels and Vienna
  • training and education of audio describers as well as hosts to implement the program in different languages
  • taking an existing touring dance work and develop an innovative contextual programme to surround it that will elevate its accessibility and deepen the understanding of both blind/partially-sighted as well as sighted audiences
  • working with 3 established international choreographers to create and tour new contemporary dance performances. Developed through residencies within communities of partner cities, this will specifically address equality of access in the very nature of the performance as well as through a bespoke, innovative contextual programme that surrounds it
  • presenting and touring the performances, the technical equipment and the programs across Europe
  • improving the network and partnership
  • evaluating the project and publish the results

Festival “Ways of (not) seeing dance” (BE)

13.11 - 19.11
Kaaitheater Studios // Brussels
Kaaitheater Brussels dedicates a 6-days long festival to the topic of dance for a visually impaired audience. The core of the festival is the triple bill of the commissioned pieces by Volmir Cordeiro, Anne Juren and Vera Tussing, accompagnied by an own children's programme, a colloquium, movies and workshops.

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Colloquium “Ways of (not) seeing art” (BE)

13.11 - 19.11
Kaaitheater Studios // Brussels
On the panel discussing art for seeing, blind and partially sighted people will be among others: Christopher Downey, Georgina Kleege, Enrique Vargas, Said Gharbi, Noé Soulier, ... The exact date tba.

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Workshop on inclusion in dance (BE)

13.11 @ 8:00 - 19.11 @ 17:00
Kaaitheater Studios // Brussels
In collaboration with the Conservatorium Antwerp, Iris Bouche will hold a workshop and share experiences on inclusive dance.

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Wiener Tanzwochen

Each year, the association Wiener Tanzwochen (WTW) organizes ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Contemporary Dance festival.

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The Place

Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place) is the UK’s premier contemporary dance centre, based in London.

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Kaaitheater

Kaaitheater is a major performing arts house (theatre, dance, performance, music theatre) in Brussels that, as one of the central actors, operates within an extensive network of European theaters and festivals.

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CND Paris

The Centre national de la danse (CND), founded in 1998, is situated in Pantin on the outskirts of Paris.

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