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Dance for Every-Body MatT Cleary

What does it mean to move, be and create work inclusively? How do we move towards an inclusive bodily practice and what does this look and feel like? We will explore the extent to which the questions raised by inclusivity and diversity encourage us as dancers to re-define how we situate ourselves physically, culturally and intellectually as socially responsible artists. Through performance lecture and physical research Matt will be sharing his own extensive practice and inviting participants to develop their own approaches and responses to the challenges of creating process and performance work for every-body.

“Dancing for Every-Body” Is offered as a series of overlapping and developing physical lectures, research and development labs, workshops and discussions. Participants will be invited and supported to work in collaboration and as individual practitioners to explore, devise, develop and respond creatively to the questions raised.

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Matt Cleary is an independent dance and movement artist, and educator based in Bath (UK). His practice centres on an inclusive and integrated, process based approach and he specialises in creating work with, and for children young people, and adults with complex and profound learning disabilities.

The culmination of this work has been InMotion, a dance movement and communication programme designed to promote creative physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills through response to, and interaction with light, sound, texture and digital interface. Alongside InMotion Matt works with several organisations delivering therapeutic dance intervention work for young people struggling with mental health and behavioural issues inside and out of school contexts.

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