This network is part of a UKRI – AHRC funded research project entitled ‘Encountering disability through contemporary dance in Africa’. It aims to gather academics, artists and educators in a free and open space of community, sharing and support.
Our approach is intersectional, meaning we are trying to consider how disability as an experience sits alongside our ethnic, gendered, racial, class and national identities. We understand that inclusion and accessibility is not just about method, but also about practical, as many of our participants will know from their everyday lived experience. So we ask that you tell us if we have overlooked access for you. We also invite you to share your discoveries of successful work, and help us to develop a wide range of approaches for people to create, share and communicate ideas and work.
Our aims are to
- develop sustainable working relationships with persons working in Disability Studies and Dance, and other related areas of interest across borders and dance sectors,
- create live and online spaces where we can share our knowledges, and best practice by sharing our own experiences as artists, teachers, researchers, companies and organizations vested in disability dance work. We may also share readings or clips of work that may be useful to others,
- identify issues and challenges faced by disabled people in various social and cultural contexts and discuss ways to challenge or explore these through dance,
- collectively map challenges and innovations in integrated dance praxis, primarily in Africa, but also in dialogue with wider, global contexts,
- share opportunities such as calls for funding, applications for festivals, artistic residencies, etc., while also exploring new possibilities for collaborations,
- use this purpose-built website as a hub for available information that includes all of the above and outputs from the project that you would like to share in this space.
We hope that the network will strengthen individual and companies’ work by fostering spaces in which we can collaborate and facilitate new partnerships, creative work and research.
Dates starting in February
We will meet online every two months to focus on key questions arising from our work as practitioners, educators, researchers, etc. We will collaboratively set agendas going forward, including the option for anyone in the network to lead a session outside regular ADDN meetings on a specific topic, reading, new work, etc. You will be sent the link to the meetings.
- SA: 5pm,
- Kenya: 6pm,
- Chicago: 9am,
- UK: 4pm (summer time)