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Moving Beyond Inclusion

May 28 2017

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


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.