Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Professor Sarah Whatley, Professor Charlotte Waelde, Dr Hetty Blades, Charlotte Darbyshire, Kate Marsh, Welly O’Brien, David Toole, and Tony Wadham.


Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change aims to advance knowledge within the professional dance sector and audiences about the working lives of dancers with disabilities. Drawing on the findings from InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and Law, we are developing an online toolkit, which will combine guidance on intellectual property rights, business modelling, diversity and inclusion in arts practice, and critical analyses. It will provide information about legal frameworks and business models to support the disabled dance community. It also aims to enhance literacy of disabled dance amongst professional producers, programmers and directors, by highlighting the choreographic and aesthetic principles and processes that underpin the artists’ work.

Resilience and Inclusion: Dancers as Agents of Change will benefit a wide range of people, including (disabled) dance artists, producers, programmers, and audiences. We will work with One Dance UK and other dance agencies to reach the dance workforce including disabled dance practitioners. Disabled artists will learn how to explicate their work to drive new understandings and devise new models for sustaining their work; other artists and audiences will learn how to engage with dance by disabled artists without resorting to a deficit model; arts professionals will gain knowledge about legal and ethical issues that impact on programming strategies, and policymakers will develop ways in which to engage with disabled arts and copyright, and to implement frameworks for inclusion.

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