kl 13.15–14.15 at DOCH

How inclusive is dance education today?

Four artists talk about how they navigate between dance educations in Sweden and Europe. Whose body should adapt to what within dance education today? How do we reach beyond the attitudes and descriptions that include certain bodies while they differentiate or exclude others?


Sindri Runudde
Emilia Wärff, Danskomapniet Spinn
Anna Bergström, Danskomapniet Spinn
Joel Brown, Candoco Dance Company


Annika Notér Hooshidar

Sindri Runudde is a choreographer and dancer educated in both dance and circus at DOCH School of Dance and Circus. Within the conference he will also show the work Blue Java (2017) that he has created together with Tanja Andersson. 2015 he created the installation ”Blue Kongo” which, among other places, has been presented within the exhibition ”Kännbart” and been shown in art galleries around Sweden. Runudde has danced with Skånes Dansteater in the performances “Spectrum” (2017) and ”M&M&M”(2015). He has also worked with Stina Nyberg in the piece “Shapes of States”(2016) as well as with Carl Olof Berg in ”The Manchild Research Project” (2015) as a part of the project exChange Moçambique- Sweden.

Emilia Wärff works as a freelance graphic designer and dancer. Since 2010 she has been one of the central dancers of Spinn Dance Company. Spinn is an international dance company based in Gothenburg and is Sweden’s first physically integrated dance company, consisting of professional dancers with and without disabilities. Wärff has also collaborated with choreographer Anna Westeberg and musician Nina de Heney in the performance The Body 2011 and with choreographer Gilda Stillbäck in the performance Who is the strongest?, an integrated dance- and theatre performance for children and young people.
In 2004 Wärff was awarded the International Philantropist Award / Overcoming the Outer Limits and in 2015 she was awarded a grant from Ljugbergsfonden for her groundbreaking work. www.danskompanietspinn.se

Anna Bergström is a contemporary dancer with a background in performance, text based theatre and physical theatre. Bergström works with Spinn Dance Company as a dancer and as a project leader for SpinnVäxa/SpinnUnga. The goal for this inclusive dance education for children and young people is to be accessible to everyone within the age group of 3-15 years old regardless of whether one has a disability or not. Where some see limitations SpinnVäxa/SpinnUnga look beyond limitations to find function-possibilities instead of obstacles. Bergström has also worked with Candoco Dance Company, The People Pile, Not Quite, and the choreographers Eva Ingemarsson, Frauke Requardt, Benedikte Esperi among others. www.danskompanietspinn.se

Joel Brown is a dancer and singer/songwriter from the United States and now a company dancer of Candoco Dance Company. He is a former dancer with AXIS Dance Company in Oakland, California (2012-2014). He has produced two solo music albums, “From the Dance Studio” and “In Retrospect” as well as created music for his dancer/choreographer-brother, Graham Brown’s dance-theatre pieces “Apple Falling” and “You”.

Brown has performed work and collaborated with choreographers such as Yvonne Rainer, Marc Brew, Alex Ketley, Victoria Marks, Amy Seiwert, Sonja Delwaide, Sonsherèe Giles, Sebastian Grubb and Graham Brown. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally in Russia, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Brown performed as a guest artist with AXIS on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance in 2012. Brown was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Performance for AXIS’s 2013 home season performance. www.candoco.co.uk/home

Annika Notér Hooshidar is a senior university lecturer in dance interpretation and modern/contemporary dance and holds a licentiate degree in pedagogy from DOCH School of Dance and Circus/Stockholm University of the Arts. Notér Hooshidar has substantial experience of teaching dance technique and dance didactics. Notér Hooshidar is currently working with the research project ”Who gets to dance, a study on communication and interaction in an inclusive dance ensemble”.