There are many great inclusive projects and initiatives around the world promoting positive change within the creative sector. But training and employment opportunities for disabled artists still remain limited. As a result the quality of the work can be inconsistent, and presenters have a tendency to see work by and with disabled people as ‘fringe work’ promoted for reasons of 'political correctness' rather than for artistic integrity. Moving Beyond Inclusion brings together Europe’s leading proponents of inclusive dance practice to address this with a programme of activity that enables people in dance to exchange skills, resources and knowledge.

The project will deliver three core strands of work:

  1. Skills development for creative individuals and administrative teams
  2. The creation of excellent new work for international performance
  3. Comprehensive consideration of building audiences and changing perceptions

The project aims to:

  • Increase the international talent pool and mobility of disabled artists
  • Increase employment for disabled dance artists
  • Increase capacity of dance organisations to create and disseminate inclusive work
  • Innovate in audience development to communicate more widely the thrill of inclusive work
  • Create a genuine step change in number and quality of accessible performances
  • Showcase the best of inclusive practice


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Moving Beyond Inclusion is a new partnership programme bringing together six inclusive dance companies and presenters from across Europe:

  • Candoco Dance Company (UK)
  • Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance / HIPP (Croatia)
  • Oriente Occidente (Italy)
  • Producentbyrån / Danskompaniet Spinn (Sweden)
  • tanzfähig (Germany)
  • BewegGrund (Switzerland)


All partners work in the mainstream dance world and are also widely recognised for the importance and quality of their inclusive practice.


At the heart of the project is the fundamental belief that working inclusively produces more exciting, more excellent artistic work for audiences to enjoy. Yet the mainstream arts sector is far from truly representing the diversity in society at large. Opportunities for disabled artists to develop and present their work and for diverse artists to work together remain limited.


With the aim of firmly addressing these issues, Moving Beyond Inclusion provides a groundbreaking continuum from professional training to performance to audiences. The project partners believe that positive change can be sustained through the showcasing the best of inclusive practice and opening up discussion around the subject.


From July 2016 to June 2018 the partners are collaborating on a two-year programme of creative and professional exchanges, choreographic research, symposia, performances and skills development for people working in dance.


For all past and upcoming activities please have a look at our calendar.