Stage Lab ‘Unforeseen Abilities’

The inclusive training module of the Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance at the Zurich University of the Arts

The inclusion of disabled artists in art and society starts with access to education.

The first steps towards dancer training for disabled artists within Swiss higher education were taken in 2017 as part of a research project by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project, entitled ‘DisAbility on Stage’, at the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film at the Zurich University of the Arts gave disabled performers, students of the Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance at the Zurich University of the Arts and master’s students at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio, the possibility to participate in workshops lasting several weeks. IntegrART and its partner festivals supported the research project as practice-experienced partners and presented the results of the laboratories in public settings. More information: disability-on-stage.ch

In 2019, this form of the stage lab was firmly established as a training module of the bachelor’s degree programme in Contemporary Dance at the Zurich University of the Arts and took place for the first time in the 2019 spring semester under the title ‘Unforeseen Abilities’ (German: ‚Unvorhersehbare Fähigkeiten’). The module, which lasts several weeks, is aimed at students of the Zurich University of the Arts and at disabled performers. The Stage Lab was able to gain the renowned performer Annie Hanauer (UK) as the artistic director for its third edition in 2021. zhdk.ch/contemporarydance

The dates can be found here.