The mobility in Belgium took place in Bruges 10th till 14th November 2010. During these days 52 participants and staff from Sweden, Uk and Belgium met and shared experiences and knowledge about dance and inclusion.
The dancers worked on a new choreography, led by choreographers Goele Van Dijck and Margaret D'haene and inspired by the visual arts shown in the Groeninge museum in Bruges. The performance was shown to the general public in the park around the Groeninge museum.
The lab in Bruges was led by Goele Van Dijck and Margaret D'haene, both experienced in inclusion dance choreographie. Each day started with a global warming true classic exercices of contemporary dance warm-ups which were created in the workspace.
Content was built around the lab paintings, exhibited in the Groening Museum, Bruges. Along with the dancers Goele and Margriet searched for interesting interpretations of these paintings and a transformation of image into dance movements.
The result was a performance in which both individual and group choreography to be tackled.
Striking was the strong and fast connection that made the dancers together. There was a close group who had respect for each other's capabilities and limitations.
The participants were 29 dancers from Sweden, England and Belgium with a wide variety of disabilities. Language or disability formed within this group no problems. On the contrary, there was soon a close bond between dancers from the different countries.
The dance experience of the participants was very diverse. There were people on a professional basis engaged in contemporary dance, but also people who for the first time - from a great liking - in a dance project co-tapped.
Creative and artistic leader of the lab in Bruges was choreographer Goele Van Dijck.
Goele is not interested in the outward form of dance, but goes into her performances in search of authentic expressiveness of dance.
Goele has experience in creating dance for children and Inclusion dance. On her personal website you can see examples of the work material they have already realized.
During the labs, Goele was assisted by Magriet D’Haene. Margriet is a young choreographer especially interested in dance and inclusion.
Into Dance took place during the ENTER-festival, the first community arts festival in Belgium organized by a collaboration of community-arts organizations in Belgium and Démos (the focal point for participation).
ENTER presented theater, visual arts, dance and performances and was also a meeting place and creative festival. Several labs (including Into Dance) created new work with participants from all over Flanders, Sweden and UK.
The festival took place from November 10 till November 14 2010 under the auspices of the Central City Festival of Bruges in 2010. More info, videos and pictures are on the website.
Besides the labs, we organized the staff of partner organizations from Sweden and England a conversation with Jana Kerremans, facilitator for the socio-artistic practice in Flanders (Démos) and co-organizer of the first Enter Festival.
We also visited the museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent where a permanent collection of outsider art is present. We discussed the matter with the artistic director of the museum Patrick Allegaert. More info about the museum.
Both the staff and the dancers were invited to the danceperformance MOVED from Platform-K in the Biekorf in Bruges on Saturday, November 13, 2010. The evening ended with a fantastic dance party in the Municipal Theatre of Bruges, with a two hundred other participants of the broader Enter festival.