International Dance Festival "Unlimited Access" / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE
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International Dance Festival "Unlimited Access"

26 Feb - 01 Mar 2015
Main Stage & Upper Stage
Age guidance 7+
Groups of people both with and without disabilities and from Greece and abroad will perform at the OCC. Their shared message: on stage, we’re all the same!
7 € | Unemployed 5 €
Free entrance for disabled persons + person accompanying
  
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The video is available in Greek and in English.
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The International “Unlimited Access” Dance Festival, which is to be staged at the OCC as the culmination of the European programme of the same name, is Greece’s first international dance festival for people both with and without disabilities. Companies from Greece and abroad will present their work at the OCC along with a shared message: on stage, we’re all the same!

In 2012, four institutions—the British Council, the OCC, Vo’ Arte from Portugal and the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance—joined forced in the context of the Unlimited Festival being staged under the aegis of the London Cultural Olympiad. Together, they created a particularly ambitious programme, Unlimited Access, which set out to create and promote dance performances for people with disabilities and to rethink the approach taken to disabled people in the cultural sphere.

Over the last two years, a series of “Unlimited Access” contemporary dance workshops at the OCC have been attended by people with different disabilities as well as people without disabilities, some professional and some amateur. The mixed groups worked with the body, experimented with movement, and came up with works to be performed at the “Unlimited Access” Dance Festival, which will bring the programme to a close in Athens.  The Festival will feature choreographies from Greece and abroad which, though very different from one another, together form a fascinating collection that prove in practice that dance really is for everyone!

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Festival curators: Katia Arfara, Myrto Lavda, Christos Carras
Production coordinator: Rena Andreadaki


PROGRAMME

Audio description will be provided for the 3 performances staged by the OCC dance companies (by Eleni Piperou and Maria Grigoropoulou) and for the performance Edge (by Ifigenia Benaki).

Thursday 26 February | Upper Stage
20:30 evolution by the choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham (UK) - Duration: 17 minutes
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22:00 Magnolia (or Defiance) by IMRC (Integrated Movement Research Collective), choreographed by Iva Nerina Sibila (Croatia) - Duration: 40 minutes
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Friday 27 February | Main Stage
20:30 Three performances staged by the OCC dance companies, featuring people both with and without disabilities, as well as dance professionals and people whose first venture into dance this was. - Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (with intermission)

•    You listen to a sound. You run across the stage. You stop. You feel an arm on your shoulder. You go on… choreographed by Iris Karayan
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•    Sweet Abyss choreographed by Medie Megas
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•    The Flight choreographed by Maria Koliopoulou
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Saturday 28 February | Upper Stage
20:30 Two for C by Candocο Dance Company, choreographed by Javier de Frutos (UK) - Duration: 12 minutes
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21:30 Edge, by the CiM Company (Companhia Integrada Multidisciplinar), choreographed by Ana Rita Barata (Portugal) - Duration: 45 minutes
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Screening of the documentary  2 and 2, are four by CiM company
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Sunday 1 March
18:00-19:30 “The last remaining avant-garde movement?”
A conversation exploring how D/deaf and disabled artists can be a radical force in the arts
Watch live the conversation on sgt.gr, in English or Greek.
Simultaneous translation into sign language is provided.

Panel participants: Christos Carras (OCC), Ben Evans (British Council), Padraig Naughton (Arts & Disability Ireland), Dave Toole & Lucy Bennett (Stopgap Dance Company), Nadja Dias (Candoco Dance Company), Jane Hackett (Sadler's Wells Theatre). Moderated by Steve Mannix (British Council)

The event will also include a screening of the short film Silent Moves by Aideen Barry and Emma O’Kane | Upper Stage

20:30 Simulante Bande by VerTeDance and Archa Theatre, choreographed by Veronika Kotlíková and Tereza Ondrová (Czech Republic) - Duration: 1 hour | Main Stage
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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES

Workshop with Candoco Dance Company for teens
Friday 27 February | 10:00-13:00
Join Candoco Dance Company, the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, for a fun and creative workshop aimed at young people. Read more.

Workshop with Candoco Dance Company for adults
Saturday 28 February | 11:00-14:00
Candoco dancers will take participants through a group warm up followed by creative tasks based on Two for C. Workshop is suitable for disabled and non-disabled adults. Suitable for professional dancers, students, individuals with some movement experience or with a keen interest in dance. Read more.

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Unlimited was a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project. The project was principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.


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