Europe Beyond Access is an ambitious 4-year programme designed to internationalise the careers of disabled artists and revolutionise Europe’s performing arts scene.
The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente (Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.
The programme consists of an extensive plan of activity including new commissions, workshops, residencies, toolkits, networking events, performances, creative laboratories, artist interviews and films.
The core objectives of Europe Beyond Access are to:
- Contribute to artistic innovation of disabled artists in Europe
- Revolutionise the programming palette in European performing arts through showcasing world-class disability-led work and creating a network of experienced programmers interested in commissioning and presenting artists
- Increase interest in disability-led work
- Create the best possible industry conditions to source, develop, produce and present work of disabled artists
In April 2019, British Council partnered with the Institute of Music and Dance and the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Poland to introduce dancer Claire Cunningham at the Arts and Disability: Crossing the Borders conference. In September 2019, Marc Brew, an esteemed choreographer nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (Individual) at the prestigious Isadora Duncan Awards, shared his work in Katowice following his residency in Bytom. Marc’s work is renowned for its exploration of sensitivity and emotion, conveying beauty in the mundane and overlooked elements of the everyday.
“Marc Brew’s technically challenging work is nothing short of riveting and a clear indicator of where Brew is currently at choreographically, dance commissioners had best get their cheque books out.” ★★★★★ The Scotsman
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