Speakers

 

Islam Alijajis a passionate inclusion politician and social entrepreneur, as well as a disability lobbyist. Together with committed accomplices he creates innovations for an inclusive society in which everyone can develop their potential fully. His second great passion is to spend time with his wife and their two children. https://islamalijaj.ch; https://tatkraft.org

 

Diana Anselmo born in ’97, is an artist currently majoring in Theater and Performative Arts at IUAV University of Venice. During the bachelor’s degree in Sociology, begins to know the world of Festivals by working in it - and won’t leave it anymore. Diana Anselmo is an activist for anti-ableism and intersectional trans-queer feminism, Vice-President and Co-Founder of Al.Di.Qua.Artists (ALternative DIsability QUAlities Artists) and among other things, the youngest member of the British Council’s Cultural Advisory Board.

 

Tanja Erhart, an Austrian living in London, defines herself as a crip – disabled and chronically ill – dancer, cultural anthropologist and pleasure activist. She has performed all over the world in pieces by Claire Cunningham, Michael Turinsky, Candoco Dance Company etc., dedicates herself to accessible dance training, teaches and presents at different events. Currently Tanja is researching the movement practices of her 3 bodyminds – with wheelchair, one-legged or three-legged with her crutches. Together with Katharina Senk, she is working on the interactive and intersectional dance piece j e n g a, which delves into the depths and the desires of building and falling apart together. www.tanjaerh.art

 

Rebekka Fässler pursued German studies, theatre studies and economics at the University of Bern and continued her studies in the areas of culture and communications. During her professional career, she has held various positions at private and public institutions active in the promotion of cultural activities, such as in the canton of Schwyz, the committee of the conference of cantonal cultural officers, the national dance network Reso, the umbrella foundation Corymbo and the Forum for Culture and Economics. Starting August 2021, she will co-lead the Culture Department at the City of Zurich.

 

Isabel Garcia is a political scientist and public relations consultant. Since May 2010 she has been a member of the Zurich district council for the green liberal party (GLP), and since February 2021 she is also part of the Canton Zurich council. Her political work focuses on the issues of education; digitalisation; children’s, youth and immigration politics, integration and participation. Isabel Garcia is married, has an adult son and lives in Zurich’s district 3 – she is a huge football fan and loves to read books of every genre.

 


Alexandrina Hemsleys 
creative practice lands in the fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy. Their interests are both enduring and in expansive states of flux – or just in connection/relation to the processes within life and within living. They turn towards the sensorial, the bodily, the multiple subjective positions of self – and self in intimate relation to self and other-selves – as ways to find breath and voice amidst the unjust and inequitable. Alexandrina has recently founded her own organisation Yewande 103 that formalises the past 10+ years of her work in the contemporary dance field as a choreographer, performer, writer, mentor and educator. 

 

 
The Swiss choreographer, lecturer and culture manager Lea Moro studied at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri (BA in Physical Theatre), the LABAN Centre in London (diploma in Dance Studies) and the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (BA Dance, Context, Choreography) and, since 2019, has been developing the long-term project series "Sketch of Togetherness". Her artistic and choreographic works have been presented, for example, at Festival Moving in November in Helsinki, Festival Uzès Danse in France, Sophiensaele Berlin, Dublin Dance Festival, Kaserne Basel, Tanzhaus Zurich, Dampfzentrale Bern, Arsenic Lausanne, ImPulsTanz Vienna (FM4 Fan Award), Festival Tanz im August Berlin and Théâtre de Vanves. Her work has received multiple awards and been supported, for example, by the City of Zurich's culture working scholarship (2017) and the canton of Zurich's advancement award (2018).

 

Perel is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is centred on disability and queerness in relation to care, consent, sexuality, and personal and historic trauma. Their work includes performance, installation, criticism and curatorial projects. Perel asks, “How do we move across space and time with respect to our collected histories?” Their work has been shown for more than a decade at numerous galleries, theatres and performance spaces internationally.

 

Lulzim Plakolli (Luli) discovered their passion for theatre in 2016 and has since been part of the ensemble for three pieces by Jörg Köppl, together with some of their housemates from the Mathilde Escher Foundation: «Beat me Mich» (2017), «Mutter Motor» (2019) und «Der Pilz im Patent» (2020), and Luli also performed in several editions of the «Future Clinic for Critical Care» by Jeremy Wade, Nina Mühlemann und Edwin Ramirez. Luli recently founded the association «Kein Rollenspiel», which will offer workshops that are predominantly directed towards the participation of disabled people. The association is open to more members.

 

Katharina Senk is an Austrian dance professional and lives in Vienna. She likes to be called Senki. Senki has performed (amongst others) in pieces by Doris Uhlich, Florentina Holzinger and Georg Blaschke. In her artistic work Katharina connects her interests in post-humanism, feminism and social justice with her knowledge in the areas of dance, movement and martial arts. Together with her colleague Tanja Erhart, she dedicates herself to the research of pleasurable and intersectional practices of their dance work together. www.katharinasenk.com

 

Jo Verrent believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent, embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into action. Jo is senior producer for Unlimited - working to get disabled artists seen, discussed and embedded within the cultural sector globally. Since 2013, Unlimited has provided £4.7 million + to over 400 disabled artists through commissions, awards and support. Working with Sarah Pickthall, she runs SYNC, examining the interplay between disability and leadership. Jo is a Clore fellow, is on the board of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, The Space and the Arts Council England Northern Area Council, and gained an MBE in 2021.