Photo credit: Erik Zennström A photo of a group of 14 dancers crowded together onstage during a dance performance. The stage is dark and they are lit by pink, blue, and purple stage lights. There are standing dancers, dancers in their manual and power wheelchairs, and dancers on the floor and everyone is wearing casual clothing. As a group they use their bodies and arms to create a movement together, many of them with their arms straight up in the air or held at their sides and most of them looking up to the ceiling. It’s a dramatic moment full of energy that is being momentarily held by the group.
All Bodies Dance Project (ABDP) is an inclusive dance company located on unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories (Vancouver, BC, Canada). Our mission is to create opportunities for people of all abilities, genders, sizes, and backgrounds to practice, research, and create innovative, inclusive dance.
In ABDP’s work, differences are regarded as creative strengths as we explore the choreographic possibilities of diverse ways of moving and perceiving. Our work blurs the boundaries between community-engaged and professional practice. We value the lived experience of movers both with and without disabilities and approach accessibility tools and practices from Disability Justice as sources of generative artistic possibility. Our practice aims to dismantle assumptions, biases, and default notions around contemporary dance, the theatre, and the dancing body.
We want to expand the possibilities of who dances and what dance can be.
“Enjoyed the inclusiveness, diversity, kindness and friendliness of instructors and participants. The freedom to interpret dance and not be restricted by preconceived notions of movement.”
Trout Lake participant
A radical and incredible space for people of all abilities to explore their relationship to movement, stillness, dance and music. Personally, having a really open invitation for people to opt in, opt out, attend or miss, is exceptional and inclusive for my needs as a disabled person. It's not a hyperbole to say it was a liberating experience. Sincerely, I love the teaching/facilitation, the students and the expansiveness of a movement ideation not tied to dance genre and the process of co-creation.
Trout Lake participant
"I gained confidence and a lot more happiness. I enjoyed exploring new dances and ways to do dance."
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