Choreography of Care

Claire Cunningham
Big & Small Stage, Foyer & Studio 6
22.03.2022 – 23.03.2022
Magentafarbene Kreise auf weißem Grund.

Information on accessibility down below. The symposium will take place on 22.03. from 11:00 – 19:00 and on 23.03. from 11:00 – 17:00. The main foyer will open at 10:00 with events beginning at 11:00 so you can arrive in your own time.

You can find the detailed programme HERE.

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, and was a Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw from 2017 – 2019.  One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. She always views her art as activism.

The symposium is based on Cunningham‘s working practice which considers attention to time, design, communication and the act of performance itself as opportunities for care. The two day event will seek to shift away from formal methods of presentation and listening, to offer participatory provocations for engagement, creating multiple spaces and opportunities for conversation and reflection on the concept of care, particularly in relation to performance.

Offering provocations from their own practice, Claire’s accomplices include disabled scholar and rabbi Julia Watts-Belser, choreographers Jo Bannon, mayfield brooks, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke and Alessandro Schiattarella, duos Fevered Sleep, Liz Rosenfeld & Rodrigo Garcia Alves, and performance designer Bethany Wells.

We regret that this event is taking place as a live event only. We plan to hold some online events to share the learning from the symposium later in the year. For further info, please sign up HERE

Information on accessibility

  • All rooms are accessible and barrier-free.
  • We can provide Sign Language interpreters on request.
  • A variety of seating / standing options will be provided for each session, e.g. beanbags, sofas.
  • If you would like to bring a Personal Assistant, please get in contact with us
  • A quiet, chill out spaces will be available at all times
  • There are gender neutral toilets, separate male and female toilets and an accessible toilet which is suitable for wheelchair users, all available on ground floor.
  • The closest hotel with accessible rooms is the Holiday Inn Express Dusseldorf
  • Here you will find pictures of the spaces in tanzhaus nrw
  • There are old rails and cobblestones on the forecourt of the building. Please let us know in the access questionnaire (when buying a ticket) if you will need a member of staff to assist you into the building.

We kindly ask you to fill out the access form upon booking a ticket. If you would like to discuss your access requirements please contact us (Melissa Müller (she/her), Email: // Tel.: 0211 1727042)

Concept, curators: Claire Cunningham with Luke Pell; Conceptual support: Bethany Wells, Jo Bannon; With: Fevered Sleep, Julia Watts-Belser, Liz Rosenfeld & Rodrigo Garcia Alves, mayfield brooks, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke & Alessandro Schiattarella; Room and graphic design: Bethany Wells; Management and production: Nadja Dias, Vicky Wilson, Melissa Müller; Production: Shann Angelique Cruz.
A project within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses, funded by die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.