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Monday, January 22, 2018


(Jürg Koch, keynote speaker)

FLATFOOT Dance Company is hosting an intentional two-day colloquium on Diversity, Disability And Dance on January 31 and February 1 2018. It is an unprecedented meeting of dancers and dance makers who are pushing the agenda around inclusivity in their dance and dance educational practice.

Dance/Disability/Diversity interrogates new innovative teaching pedagogy and performance practice for dance in South Africa (and globally).

The objectives are:
• To push the shared knowledge and practice-based learning around integrated and disability dance studies in South Africa - with a focus on revising the idea of dance as a tool for ‘Living Democracy’ - a term that Flatfoot Dance Company uses to describe its impulses in dance education and community dance engagement.

• To create a learning space that allows members of the professional arts community to interface with community-based organisations, dance practitioners and educators and social workers, in an environment that pushes and challenges learning and praxis within the disability and arts sectors.

• To create a space to engender a community of like-minded practitioners and educators by sharing methodologies, information and learning in the disability and dance sectors.

• To push the agenda of social cohesion by placing a focus on contemporary arts and disability that allows international and national dialogues to speak and practice to the work happening in KwaZulu-Natal.

Special invited guests include Key Note Speaker/Practitioner: Jürg Koch from Bern, Switzerland.

Presenters also include Unmute Dance Company (Cape Town); Gerard Samuel (Cape Town); Agulhas Theatre Works (Johannesburg); Moving Into Dance Mophatong (Johannesburg); Adrienne Sichel (Johannesburg); Flatfoot Dance Company (Durban); Liza Aziz (Durban) and Dance Movement (Durban).

Non-presenting invited participants include Playhouse Dance Residency; ADD FLATFOOT Programme; UKZN Graduate Dance Students (Drama and Performance Studies Programme).

This colloquium is open to:
1)  Dancers and choreographers (both professional and in training) who may or may not work in integrated dance but who are interested in concepts like inclusivity, difference, disability, community, and artistic expression. We welcome all levels of technical ability and are especially interested to include dancers with disability.

2)  Educators, Teachers and Scholars (both in formal and informal education environments) who may or may not work in the disability sector but who are interested in inclusive pedagogy and arts education practice.

3)  Social Workers and Community Workers who may or may not work in the disability arena but who are interested in ideas and practices around dance (and the arts) as tools for personal, social and community health and well-being.

4)  Activists who are concerned with issues around inclusivity, disability and democracy.

5)  Arts Administrators (in both formal and NGO/NPO arts organisations) who are working in programmes that offer alternate arts/dance educational practices and community engagement.

The colloquium will take place at the Playhouse Company complex at 29 Anton Lembede Street in Durban.

The cost of attending the colloquium is R300 (for both days and this includes lunch).
This covers access to the two-day colloquium, colloquium materials, and the teas and lunches.

Participation can be at various levels: as an observer, learner and colloquium attendee (no practical participation) or as a participant and learner in the practical sessions as well as a general colloquium attendee (practical participation where called for).

To book a place and to attend this ground-breaking colloquium, you will need to contact Clare Craighead on 082 875 6064 (office hours only!) or e-mail
(e-mail is preferred!) Confirmation of your attendance will only be made once payment has been received by FLATFOOT Dance Company

Payments can be made either via cash or via EFT transfer to:
BANK:  First National Bank (South Africa)
BRANCH:  Davenport Branch 
ACCOUNT TYPE:  Business Cheque Account
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  620 4731 3060

The colloquium will be presented in association with the Playhouse Company and with support from the National Arts Council of South Africa; University of KwaZulu-Natal (College of Humanities: School of the Arts) and Pro Helvetia.