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Newsletter #7: Performance, Premieres and Programmes
11 July 2017
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and digital newsletter from the British Council.
In this newsletter we focus on the performing arts, previewing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and looking at some of the major networking and commissioning programmes across Europe.
Screengrab of Assisted Suicide the Musical film
Film: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 picks
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. With the largest arts festival in the world right around the corner, get yourself in the Edinburgh spirit with our picks of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017’s theatre and dance programme. We’ve also prepared an article about the festival, packed with extra recommendations, a discussion of access and details of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase, which marks 20 years of showcasing the best in contemporary British performing arts this year.
Moving Beyond Inclusion
Moving Beyond Inclusion: innovation through inclusive practice
Moving Beyond Inclusion is a collaborative project between six of Europe's leading inclusive dance companies. It includes creative and professional exchanges, choreographic research, symposia, performances and skills development, aimed at increasing opportunities for disabled artists within the mainstream arts world. Project Producer, Joanne Lyons talks about what the initiative has achieved so far, and its long term ambitions.
Candoco Dance Company and Jerome Bel The Show Must Go On
Why Arts and Disability is a priority for the British Council in Europe
Something exciting is happening across Europe; organisations are opening their eyes to the aesthetic challenge often posed by disabled artists. Joe Turnbull of Disability Arts Online speaks to Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability, EU Region at the British Council to discuss how sharing expertise can capitalise on this momentum.
Unlimited International case studies
In 2016 an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence award, match funded by the British Council, enabled Unlimited to extend global influence, principally through co-commissions with non-UK based disabled artists. Unlimited recently commissioned case studies to extend the learning from this work. The first case study looks at Unfixed, a creative research project that explored the intersections of art, disability, and technology involving ten disabled artists from the UK and Australia. The second is about two international producer placements held with Unlimited in 2016. A third case study will be launched in September.
IETM Valenica Olenary
Apply for a bursary to attend the IETM international networking event
Are you a d/Deaf or disabled performing arts practitioner looking to grow your international connections? The British Council is offering bursaries for artists and producers to contribute to the costs of attending IETM in Brussels 23-26 November 2017, a major performing arts networking event. We are also offering to provide access support for bursary recipients, delivered by our partners in this bursary programme, Unlimited. This is a chance to experience the cultural conversations taking place across Europe, to develop new networks, and to share information about your own practice and work. 
Best of the Net: World premiere of NonZeroSum
As part of a project entitled Inclusive Creativity, renowned composer Frank Lyons devised a new piece of music entitled NonZeroSum. The world premiere was performed in a collaboration between Acoustronic, an inclusive ensemble featuring non-disabled and disabled musicians performing with accessible music technology instruments, and the Benyounes Quartet. The performance took place at the Walled City Music Festival, Derry in June. This short film commissioned by Arts Council of Northern Ireland explores the story behind the project. 
Featured company profile: SZENE 2WEI
SZENE 2WEI are an inclusive dance company based in Germany whose work embraces bodily specifities as a means of shifting perspectives. They will be performing at the AusSicht mixed-ability festival at Hamburg's Monsun Theatre 14 July. They are currently working on a new production supported by Aktion Mensch and beWEGEnd e.V entitled #ATME. The piece will be the second in SZENE 2WEI's Kala trilogy and will be premiering in Offenburg in November, before touring across Germany.

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