Different Bodies Lab

Photo of Women Dancing by Geraldine Heaney

Applications for the Different Bodies Lab are all currently closed except for:

Open call for artists based in Belgium, deadline 13 March 2020

From 8 - 18 September 2020, Scenekunstbruket will work alongside a Lead Artist and the Lab participants to explore:

  • What is a body and how do our bodies connect with our sense of self?
  • What kind of bodies do we see on stages and whose bodies are missing?
  • What is the impact of how we treat our bodies?
  • What messaging are we giving young audiences with the lack of diversity of bodies on stage?
  • Who is ‘allowed’ to dance?

In addition to sharing and working with each other, we would like to introduce the participating artists to other local and international artists, working alongside them during the lab.

The lab aims to explore an open and varying interpretation of different bodies, opening up discussion around bodies missing from our sector. The lab will visualize how many different bodies and expressions exist and work to create better representation in performing arts for a young audience.  You can read more about the topic here.

Different Bodies Residency

Aaben Dans will connect the PUSH+ artists with local artists, children and adults who could benefit from taking part in the residency. Aaben Dans will be in close contact with the Residency artists on a daily basis:

-            conducting feedback and supervision sessions on both artistic and organisational issues

-            ensuring the artists’ venue and logistical needs are met

-            networking and having a social connection via a daily communal meal

Furthermore, Aaben Dans will bring the Residency artists to local events and opportunities that are relevant to the topic and the artform that they work within.

Different Bodies - International Workshop

In partnership with Bangkok International Children’s Festival (BICT Fest), PUSH+ will include a 5-day workshop in Thailand exploring elements of the Different Bodies topic. Over the five days, five artists from Europe and five from Thailand will work together exploring the topic of Different Bodies.  BICT Fest is a relatively new festival for young audiences who are developing a strong reputation through actively seeking to connect with European colleagues and bringing high quality productions and ideas to audiences and artists in Thailand. This activity offers a highly valuable experience for the participating artists while bringing ideas and viewpoints from a non-European context into the topic discussions.