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Research lab Mixed Abled Dance 22 successfully conducted!

Forschungslabor Mixed Abled Dance 22. 12. Februar 2022. Logos: Aktion Tanz, DIN A13 tanzcompany, Gesell­schaft für Tanzforschung gtf, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Tanz NRW, Technische Universität Dortmund © Fach­ge­biet Musik und Bewegung in Rehabilitation und Pä­da­go­gik bei Be­hin­derung​/​TU Dortmund

On 12.02.2022 the digital conference Research Lab Mixed Abled Dance 22 took place at the TU Dortmund University. The aim of the event was to offer researchers in the field of Mixed Abled Dance (MAD) as well as those interested in research from the German-speaking region a platform for content exchange and networking.

MAD stands for a variety of contemporary dance in which people with the most diverse physical-motor, cognitive, communicative and emotional conditions dance together. Due to its great creative and innovative potential, MAD has become an exciting object of research, which was reflected in the broad spectrum of research topics and projects presented [Detailed information can be found in the conference program and abstract volume as well as under the link to the conference homepage]. Two plenary sessions complemented the total of eleven scientific contributions. In a first plenary session, the question of how to bring together the different actors in MAD (dance providers, participants, funders, institutions, researchers, etc.) was extensively discussed. In the second plenary, participants shared expectations for research on MAD. The next step is to network researchers at the university level with the participation of experts in their own right.

Three "dance breaks", by dancers of the Ich bin O.K.. Tanzcompany, Vienna, and led by Mia Sophia Jabado-Bilitza, provided a moving framework in which the approximately 70 participants could clear their heads between the individual lecture blocks for the subsequent sessions.

The conference was organized by the Department of Music and Movement in Rehabilitation and Pedagogy with Disabilities [MuB] under the direction of substitute professor Dr. Susanne Quinten, in collaboration with the Society for Dance Research gtf, Aktion Tanz, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Tanz NRW and the mixed abled dance company DIN A13. The research lab Mixed Abled Dance 22 follows up on the conference on "Dance-Diversity-Inclusion" that was also held in Dortmund in 2017[link to more information about the book]and identifies the department of MuB as a pacesetter for strengthening research in the field of MAD.

A heartfelt thank you is due to the dedicated conference organizing team: Mia Sophia Jabado-Bilitza (TU Dortmund/ LAG Tanz NRW), Mag. Dr. Maria Dinold (Ich bin O.K., Vienna), Joana Diszeratis (TU Dortmund), Elisa Geiz (TU Dortmund), Stefanie Katzer (Aktion Tanz), Antonia Marquard (TU Dortmund), Steven Solbrig (Stiftungsuniversität Hildesheim), Dr. Meike Wieczorek (TU Dortmund).