European Projects

Performing Arts redesigned for a more immediate accessibility

The four project partners from Germany, Greece, Italy and Armenia work together pursuing the goal of creating inclusive performances, realized by disabled artist and not disabled through a multidisciplinary, educational and creative process which is focus on the development of an available artistic language.
Main objectives are represented by educational aim, audience development, international mobility of artists and organizations pursued thanks to workshops, international laboratories, creative residencies and performances.
Focus of the project:
Participation of disabled artist in the different steps of the creative process
Research of a form which can be immediatly catched also by a person with disabilities, without the need of a "translation"

Sommertheater Pusteblume (D) has been working for more than 20 years successfully in the field of cultural promotion for people with and without disabilities. Founded in 1994, Sommertheater Pusteblume supports the creative, artistic and cultural development as well as the communication between people with and without disabilities. This is particularly done by organizing and supporting innovative cultural projects, consulting, realisation of artistic workshops and training courses.

Synergy of Music Theatre [SMouTh] (GB) is a non-profit organisation, created in 2001, by emerging professional artists in the areas of theatre, music, dance and media. The primary aims of SMouTh is to provide youth and adults opportunities of initiation, training, education, creation, research and professional issues, in performing and visual arts, and by this process, to reinvent the means of artistic expression. SMouTh plans and executes workshops for various artistic languages (creative writing, drama, music, dance, aerial dance, media, etc.), organises professional and educational performances and cultural productions and is actively involved in several European projects and networks.

NCA.SMALL THEATRE (ARM) is one of the youngest and most innovative theatrical companies in Armenia. Vahan Badalyan founded the theatre company about 20 years ago as a drama-studio. The mission is to produce independent, creative work, and to serve as a platform to provide various educational programs for youth interested in exploring the theatrical arts. The aim is to experiment with form and content, whilst producing work that is entertaining and accessible for a range of audiences.


EBA Europe Beyond Access

Moving beyond isolation and towards innovation for disabled artists and European audiences

The project objective is to break down the isolation of artists with disabilities, to extend their horizons and promote their creative development, presenting their most relevant and innovative works to the European public.
Exchange between artists, international laboratories, creative residences, and the creation of a digital exchange platform, where collect artistic commissions, co-productions, public presentations and tours, will help to develop visibility and interest in a field of entertainment considered still "niche" .
The aims of the project are to increase the international mobility, promoting the education, the public awareness and the implementation of thematic focus for each group involved: from artists to professional,  from programmers to the public.

British Council
(GB) has been touring the work of British disabled artists around the world for 30 years, and currently works with disabled artists in 37 countries. Alongside the presentation of high-quality artistic works, the British Council facilitates the training of arts professionals regarding disability arts, and policy-maker discussions and conferences seeking to share knowledge and best practice with regards to increasing  access to the arts for disabled people.  

Onassis Cultural Centre (GR) Onassis Cultural Centre – Stegi (GR) is Athens’ cultural space hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music and the visual/digital arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, on supporting Greek artists, on cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages through life-long learning. OCC-Stegi has offered a dance and disability programme since 2012. In 2013 it took part in Unlimited Access, a Creative Europe-supported partnership with British Council and two others. This launched OCC-Stegi’s participatory programme for disabled aspiring dance artists and inspired them to be the lead partner in an Erasmus+ programme (with P3 Holland Dance and P6 Skånes DansTeater), researching inclusive dance teaching methodologies.

Holland Dance Festival (NL) is a major national organisation with experience of offering local disabled aspiring artists opportunity to work at a professional level for the first time. It has been the national pioneers of artist development, as well as presenting world class work within its mainstream programme. Holland Dance has taken a national role disseminating best practice, in partnership with local arts funders and networks, already hosting 2 major conferences on dance and disability.

Kampnagel (DE)as one of Europe’s largest production and presentation spaces, has undergone a seven-year journey of examining how collaborations between disabled and non-disabled artists have created some of Europe’s most interesting and challenging work.  

Skånes Dansteater (SE) has developed and engaged in deep community projects with long-term commitments, leading to a strong support of aspiring and early-career disabled dance artists. Since 2014 Skånes Dansteater has integrated disabled dancers into its repertory company on a regular basis. The organisation has become a leading voice in arts and disability in Sweden as well as the rest of Scandinavia, and is frequently asked to share their expertise, experience and good practice at conferences and seminars.

 Per Art (RS) has run an “Art and Inclusion“ programme since 1999 – gathering people with Learning Disabilities, artists (theatre, dance and visual arts), special educators, representatives of cultural institutions, architects and students. Per Art has worked with and influenced dozens of national and regional arts organisations to share good practice and to share excellent work by disabled artists, as well as collaborating internationally.



Funded by the cultural programme of the European Union, the partners will work together to develop skills, expertise and audiences for the professional inclusive sector of disabled and non-disabled artists.   
At the core of this partnership is a vision that working inclusively produces more exciting artistic work for audiences. 

As organisations working in the mainstream dance world, we have demonstrated the importance and quality of inclusive practice, however opportunities for disabled artists to develop their work and for diverse artists to work together remain limited. There is a lack of training, employment and broader understanding in the sector, and we believe this is restricting the potential growth and health of the cultural arena as audiences dwindle and the arts are increasingly perceived as rarefied and limited. 

This project will addresses the diversity of people, work and vision that is available to audiences. Led by Candoco Dance Company, it is designed by experienced producers and presenters together to provide a ground-breaking continuum from professional training to new work to showcasing to audiences ensuring that change can be sustained rather than isolated.  

The project will deliver 4 core strands of work: 
Skills development for creative individuals and administrative teams
The creation of excellent new work for international performance
Comprehensive consideration of building audiences
Series of symposia to support a change in perceptions around dance, disability and quality  

This project aims to: 
• innovate in audience development to communicate more widely the thrill of inclusive work 
• create a genuine step change in number and quality of accessible performances 
• increase employment for disabled dance artists
• increase the international talent pool and mobility of disabled artists 
• increase capacity of dance organisations to create and disseminate inclusive work
• showcase the best of inclusive practice

Notes on partner organisations: 

Candoco Dance Company is the world's leading inclusive dance company employing disabled and non-disabled dancers. We create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability. 
We deliver world-class commissions, extensive national and international performances, wide reaching learning, bespoke training and advocacy. Thereby raising levels of debate on dance and disability by demonstrating and discussing the creative potential of inclusive practice. 
Candoco tours internationally with over 35 performances annually. Commissions include works by award-winning choreographers such as Jerome Bel, Emanuel Gat, Trisha Brown. Partners and presenters are Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Tanzhaus NRW and Oriente Occidente.

Centre for Movement Research / HRVATSKI INSTITUT ZA POKRET I PLES (HIPP) supports the independent contemporary dance scene in Croatia and eastern Europe. Experienced in forging partnerships for international cultural exchange and collaboration they ensure an increasing presence of Croatian dance makers internationally, specifically supporting disabled artists and the inclusive dance ensemble IMRC who form part of this project.  
HIPP’s work is multi-layered and delivers residencies and professional development, production and presentation, promotion, audience development, learning and information dissemination

Spinn started in 2010 as the first and only inclusive dance company working professionally in the Nordic countries. The company is leading the regional discussion on access and inclusion, generating exciting dialogue with many creative, educational and public institutions across the country with a view to inspiring a process of change. More than 17,000 people have seen Spinn or participated in their activities, which include mentoring Nordic dance artists and delivering youth dance activities.

Tanzfähig was founded in 2007 as an initiative to develop more physical diversity in contemporary dance. It is artistically and educationally oriented, and aims to provide access to contemporary dance for all people. It is nationally and internationally well-connected and appreciated for its concept. In the last few years its approach was successfully applied to several productions, regular dance trainings and numerous workshops. Dachverband Tanz, the umbrella organisation for dance in Germany and university partner Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz support the initiative's delivery.

BewegGrund was founded in 1998 in order to promote integration of disabled and non-disabled people in cultural projects through dance. BewegGrund produces and tours professional dance work with disabled and non-disabled dancers, organises a Community Arts Festival for people of every age and all walks of life, delivers training for national and international teachers, and workshops and performances across many contexts.



Festival Oriente Occidente has been confirmed for EFFE Label 2017/2018.
Oriente Occidente Dance Festival is now part of the EFFE festival community, facilitated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level.
Oriente Occidente received the following feedback:
Festival of exceptional artistic and cultural values with the highest international profile.

Festival Oriente Occidente has been selected to receive the EFFE Label 2015/2016.
Festival Oriente Occidente is now part of the EFFE Platform, initiated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level.