International Lab

Summer International Lab. Photography by Camilla Greenwell, 2018

Our International Labs are intensive programmes for disabled and non-disabled artists from different cultures and disciplines to exchange ideas and methodology. The Lab is an opportunity to work with professional artists to take risks, test new ideas and share practice facilitated and creatively informed by Candoco. Participants can expect an approach to inclusive dance that is unexpected, challenging and enriching.

Each year Candoco invites different guest artists to facilitate the Labs, which have a different focus and format to reflect the company’s current creative influences. Previous guest artists delivering our Labs include Anouk Llaurens, Nigel Charnock and Matthias Sperling.

The 2018 International Summer Lab was led by Dog Kennel Hill Project. Read the interview with Markéta Stránská, participant and dance artist from the Czech Republic, and take a look at the blog by Ben Ash, one of the facilitators.

Read our International Summer Lab 2011 case study and 2013 case study.

The Lab has provided rich networking opportunities and I know it is the beginning of something new and fabulous. It has given me the confidence to continue working in the dance world. It was good for me to get out of Australia, and meet dancers from the UK and Europe.
- Anna Seymour, Summer Lab participant 2013

It was such a long time ago I got so conscious about my own body. It feels like my body has been sleeping and not receiving any attention. This was totally challenged during the lab. I also didn’t get any pain even despite all the physical training, this is very unusual… The leaders really knew what they were doing. I learnt to trust the simplicity of the material. Spending more time on tasks, not being in a hurry.
- Veera Grimberg, Summer Lab participant 2011 & 2013