East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Dance and Disability: Crossing the borders (Bytom, Poland)


British Council in partnership with the Theatre Institute and the Institute of Music and Dance is organising three stationary laboratories of modern dance, dedicated for artists with disabilities and without them. Laboratories are part of international cooperation within the project “Europe Beyond Access” realized with the support of Creative Europe programme, financed by European Union.

Each laboratory is three days' workshop, enabling artist to deepen their motion practice and ability to work with a partner. It will be the opportunity to explore and build their own motion dictionary. 

Participants will be provided with free accommodation and meals.

Selected artist received an invitation to participate in the laboratory in Netherlands organized in cooperation with the Holland Dance Festival.


9-11 August - Lab #1  

Trainer: Justyna Duda, Ewa Sobiak (in Polish)

Place: ROZBARK Theatre, Bytom

As the result of this laboratory one of the duets will be chosen to participate in the international laboratory in Maastricht, the Netherlands, organized as a part of the Dutch Dance Days festival, between 29th of September and 5th of October.


23-25 September 2019 – Lab #2 

Trainer: Marc Brew (in English)

Place: ROZBARK theatre, Bytom

As a result of this workshop 3 artists chosen from the participants of the laboratory will go to the 2-weeks residency, which will take place between 15th and 29th of November as a part of DanceAble Symposium in the Hague.


11-13 October 2019 – Lab #3

Trainer: Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska (in Polish)

Place: ROZBARK Theatre, Bytom

Summary of the previous laboratory sessions. Participants' report on the Maastricht laboratory expereinces.

There is an option of applying only to selected laboratories. But we encourage you to apply to all 3 laboratories altogether.

What are the fees associated with participation on laboratories?

Participation in laboratories in Poland is free of charge. The organizers cover the costs of the workshop sessions, accommodation and meals. Participants cover only the travel costs  to the place of event. 

Participation in foreign laboratories in Maastricht and the Hague is free of charge – the organizers cover the costs of workshop sessions, accommodation, meals and the travel. 

Who did we invite to participate in the laboratories?

Artists creating in the area of dance (dancers, dance creators, choreographers with and without disabilities).

The laboratory is open for any persons with and without disabilities, interested in discovering new forms of movement and relations with their own bodies and with the others.

Minimum age: 18

Maximum number of persons in the group: 15


Disability canot be an obstacle for participation, we provide the accessibility of the place of the laboratory the laboratory and the time schedule adapted for participants' needs. If needed, there will be additional help in the area of communication, including translation into sign language.

End of application period: 8th of July 2019 

We received 105 applications.

Full list of participants you can find here. 


Organizers: Institute of Music and Dance, British Council

The workshops are part of international cooperation within the project “Europe Beyond Access” organized with the support of Creative Europe programme, financed by European Union.

Partners: The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. ROZBARK Theater, The Stanisław Wyspiański Teatr Śląski in Katowice, Open The Doors Festival





British Council, Theatre Institute, Institute of Music and Dance