If you’ve got questions about what accessible dance looks like, then you’ll be interested in an upcoming free public forum about accessible dance education, training and practice.
Presented by Ausdance NSW and VIC, together with Arts Access VIC and Accessible Arts NSW, the forum will be held online and will see Melbourne-based and internationally recognised choreographer Caroline Bowditch talking to Arts Development Officer of Accessible Arts NSW and musician/composer Liz Martin. Probed by Ausdance NSW’s Kate Maguire-Rosier, Bowditch and Martin will outline the politics, language and processes relating to the disability arts community, address what accessible dance can look like today and answer audience questions.
When: 1pm AEST, Wednesday 29 July
RSVP: Stay tuned for details on the Ausdance NSW website or the Facebook event
Key questions: What do you think about when you think about dance and disability? What has your experience been teaching as a teacher with disability, or with disabled students? Have you seen a performance by a disabled choreographer? What was it? What does access and inclusion mean to you in the context of dance education or professional practice? How does access enhance dance training and making?
Attendees are invited to submit questions and comments in advance. Please email questions for potential discussion during the forum to Kate Maguire-Rosier on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured top: Artists Matt Shilcock and Melinda Omokaro in Murmuration’s ‘Days Like These’ (2018). Photo: Giselle Vollmer.
Image description: Two dancers are intertwined together through their arm movements. From the left the dancer is bent over with his arms stretched downwards and they are linked with the hands of the dancer on the right. Her head is facing upwards with her body leaning backwards. To the right of the image is a wheelchair. Coloured image on a blacked-out stage, stage lighting shining on the artists.