Dance and Disability: Crossing the borders is a partnership between British Council and the Institute of Music and Dance. This programme is aimed at disabled and non-disabled Polish dance artists and is targeted at artists who are professional or semi-professional. 

Following an open call process and a jury selection, 15 disabled and non-disabled artists are taking part in three residential artistic laboratories taking place at Rozbark Theatre in Bytom. These laboratories are places for the artists to experiment and to discover new artistic ideas and processes, and also an opportunity to develop a peer group of artists interested in transforming the Polish dance sector. 

Each laboratory is led by a different workshop leader: #1 by Ewa Sobiak and the disabled artist Justyna Duda; #2 by the world-renowned Australian disabled choreographer Marc Brew; #3 by Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska. 

The British Council is supporting the presence of Marc Brew. Born in Australia, Marc spent many years as a leading disabled artist in Scotland. Marc now lives in San Francisco where he is the Artistic Director of the United States’ leading inclusive dance company, Axis Dance. 

Dance and Disability: Crossing the borders is part of the European artistic collaboration project Europe Beyond Access (internal link), coordinated by the British Council and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Through Europe Beyond Access and the British Council, Dance and Disability: Crossing the borders also offers participants the opportunity to travel overseas to take part in international dance laboratories and to meet their peers from Germany, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Serbia and the Netherlands.

Workshops with IMiT and British Council at Rozbark Theatre, Bytom 
Katarzyna Żeglicka in Malmo

In June 2019, Katarzyna Żeglicka travelled to Malmö in Sweden to take part in the international dance laboratory Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places.

In October 2019, Tatiana Cholewa and Katarzyna Żeglicka travel to Maastricht in the Netherlands to the international dance laboratory Other Artists, Other Bodies.

All the details of participating artists are available on the Polish website of Institute of Music and Dance (IMiT).

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