kl 11.15–11.45 at Dansens Hus Small stage

Curating for WHO? Part 1

Stine Nilsen, artistic director and Joel Brown, dancer from Candoco Dance Company. About how the company was founded and how they have worked throughout 25 years within inclusive dance practices and integrated dance.

Candoco Dance Company are a leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016 with a programme of performances, special events, participation work and international touring. Founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin, Candoco quickly grew into the first professional dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists in the UK.

Candoco’s current Artistic Co-Directors Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado were appointed as Celeste’s successors in 2007 having danced with the company for seven and nine years respectively. They have taken Candoco from the Bird’s Nest in Beijing to the Olympic Stadium in London, performing at the handover ceremonies in 2008 and returning, alongside Coldplay, at the Paralympic Closing in 2012 and have commissioned works for the company from leading choreographers Emanuel Gat, Rachid Ouramdane, Wendy Houstoun and Javier de Frutos.

Please find out more on www.candoco.co.uk

Stine Nilsen, Artistic Co-Director
Nilsen was born in Norway and moved to London to train at the Laban Centre. After completing her BA, Stine joined Transitions Dance Company, 1996-1997, after which she performed with Jeremy James & Company, Emilyn Claid, Angela Woodhouse, Stephen Hughes, Catherine Seymour and Barriedale Operahouse. She first took part in workshops with Candoco in 1999 and since joining the company in May 2000 has worked with Javier de Frutos, Doug Elkins, Jamie Watton, Fin Walker, Jasmin Vardimon, Athina Vahla, Stephen Petronio, ProteinDance, Hetain Patel, Thomas Hauert, and many others. While teaching and performing with Candoco, Nilsen has continued to work with choreographer Angela Woodhouse (The Place Prize 2004) and also took part in the Bank-project 2004 with Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Since 2004, Independent Dance has supported Nilsen in her investigation into inclusive approaches to teaching, commissioning a paper from Stine and Charlotte Darbyshire. Nilsen’s research into inclusive technique class formed the basis for her MA in Professional Practice (Integrated Dance Practice), Middlesex University, 2005. As a freelance teacher Nilsen leads creative workshops, INSET-training and contemporary release-based technique both in the UK and abroad, and advises on dance programs and access needs.

Photo: Pedro Machado


Joel Brown
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.

Photo: Pedro Machado