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

THB network meeting

06.06.2016 - 07.06.2016
The Place // London
First THB network meeting with all partners.

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Simon Mayer finalising french audio description of “Sons of Sissy” together with Valerie Castan

20.06.2016 @ 8:00 - 21.06.2016 @ 17:00
CND Paris // 93500 Pantin

Simon Mayer working together with audio description experts on French audio description version of "Sons of Sissy"

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Premiere audio description version of “Sons of Sissy”

22.06.2016 @ 21:00 - 22:00
Camping Paris //

Premiere audio description version of "Sons of Sissy" by Simon Mayer at CAMPING Paris.

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Think tank gathering of experts

18.07.2016 - 22.07.2016
Wiener Tanzwochen // Vienna

Think tank gathering of experts (Valérie Castan, Anne Juren, Vera Tussing, Simon Mayer, Sophie Schmeiser, Willie Elliot, Eddie Nixon, Bernd Kainz, Said Gharbi, blind reference group, Michael Stolhofer)

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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 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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