Rethinking Bodies 2015 – Inclusive Dance workshop by Goele van Dijck

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From 20 to 25 April 2015 the dance department of the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp organized an intensive study program about ‘Inclusion dance’. The week is part of an Erasmus+ project, which was initiated by partners in higher education: Fontys (Tilburg), Duncan Centre Conservatoire (Prague) and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (AP College). ‘Rethinking Bodies’ is a project aiming to redefine the vision of the body in contemporary dance and exploring new insights in dance education. The intensive study program includes workshops, debates, lectures and performances and connects to the content and programming of Antwerp’s ENTER festival.

About the dance workshop: Creative research within movement & dance
The workshop is an intensive research on the different aspects of movement, dance, connection, personal development as well as researching group dynamics. A first opportunity to go beyond movement exploration, through improvisation and partnerwork, choosing to go in search of the initial expressiveness of dance. When actively experiencing dance, the individuality of the participants is always the key element. This is why dance / contact improvisation is one of the cornerstones on which every first physical contact is founded.


Choreographer Goele Van Dijck did her dance teacher training at the Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg.

Early 2000s, there were a lot of performances for children in primary schools, but there was no offer in the performing arts for toddlers. Goele decided to dive into that openness and founded her own organization NAT GRAS (in 2002) with the focus on artistic quality and the creation of accessible dance productions to an audience of two years and older. Meanwhile NAT GRAS became, in collaboration with Kabinet K, one of the pioneers in the field of dance for children in Flanders.
Next to her artistic work she teaches inclusive dance workshops for dancers with mixed abilities in Belgium and Internationally.

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