Why do inclusive performances still demand such an effort in the contemporary performative scene?
CREATIE and Mixed Currents launch a call for contributions for the new festival 'Collaborations are More Refreshing than New Socks'. They invite everyone to submit proposals for performances, lecture performances and / or paper presentations that deal specifically with inclusiveness and an aesthetic of accessibility in multidisciplinary contemporary arts. The organisation specifically encourages contributions from women, non-cisgender people, people of color and people with disabilities who are active in the contemporary performing arts sector.
CREATIE (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, BEL) and Mixed Currents (CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield, UK) join forces in organizing this 3-day conference-festival about collaborations in contemporary performance. They want to explore challenges and consequences of close collaborations in new music, innovative collaborations and new performance formats and inclusive collaboration models within the performative scene of today. During this conference-festival, CREATIE and Mixed Currents will offer a wide variety of concerts, lecture performances, panel discussions, papers and lunch concerts with students of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.
Day 3 of this festival, which is on December 5th 2019, is a day about inclusive collaborations in contemporary performance. The concept of collaborating should be a textbook example of uniting performers, creators, thinkers, curators and audience. In reality women, non-cis identifying people (M/F/X), people of colour and people with disabilities are still being underrepresented on stage and neglected in the audience, unless specifically targeted (and therefore labelling) events are being organized.