A Salon, co-organized by PAMS, international cooperation organizations, and experts!
Cultural and artistic discourse has hitherto approached issues regarding disability, aging, women,
and the LGBTQ community in terms of welfare and human rights. However, structural changes in recent society
now call for a paradigm shift that reframes these issues from the perspectives of equality, social rights, diversity, and inclusion.
In the context of this sea change, what constitutes diversity, equal opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion in the performing arts? What defines inclusive approaches in creation and esthetics of access? What characterizes international exchange, cooperation, and mobility development in this field?
Among many contemporary topics, Kyu has recently developed and worked on research programmes and projects focusing on “Art and the City”, “Diversity and Inclusion” and “Art and Technology”. Kyu has worked as artistic director as well as creative director for the UK/Korea Season Festival 2017-18, the Chuncheon International Mime Festival and the Ansan Street Arts Festival. In 2005 he founded AsiaNow Productions so that he and his associates could produce and present innovative Asian contemporary theatre, dance and circus, also producing many intercultural co-productions and international artist-in-residency programmes for interdisciplinary arts. Since 2014, he has worked to develop the Asian Producers’ Platform and APP Camp 2014-2018.
Kim Won-young is a lawyer who investigated the cases of discrimination based on disabilities and studied the rights of culture and arts for the disabled in National Human Rights Commission of Korea. In 2013, Kim created “the Disability Culture and Art Research Institute Zit(짓)" to study disability aesthetics and accessibility issues in art field. Kim starred in <Thérèse Raquin>(2014) and produced <The Freak Show> (2014). Since 2017, Kim has participated in inclusive dance workshops in Tokyo and Seoul with interests in dance for the disabled. In 2019, Kim wrote and performed <Love and Friendship Equality Act> in the ‘Seoul Marginal Art Festival.’ Kim is currently preparing for the upcoming performance <Recognition Struggle: Artist's Version> scheduled for October 2019 in Doosan Art center with the theater company <Aein>.
Dance artist Elli Isokoski has been working in the field of dance for the elderly since 2002. She works as a performer, teacher, community artist and producer. Isokoski is the founder and director of Myrskyryhmä art group. Isokoski is committed to widening access of senior citizens to dance. She is passionate to diversify the body image in arts and promoting seniors as creative agents. Her work with the elderly began with dance performances in care units. Her practices have since widened to include participatory workshops for seniors, artists, and nursing staff, inclusive dance video projects, and art residencies in care units.
Daniel Jeremiah Persson is a Swedish (South Korean-born) danceartist based in Malmö since 2018, after seven years in London, where he attained his BA (Hons) at London Contemporary Dance School.
The past year he has performed in works by Joan Jonas, Laura Wilson, KASPERSOPHIE & Martin Forsberg in venues Tate Modern, British Museum and Danish National Gallery to mention a few.
Daniel is since 2019 a member of Nya Rörelsen. Key interests in his choreographic work includes gender & cultural identity, community, representation & diversity and (non)conformance. His current choreographic project in collaboration with Anders Duckworth is WELL LIT.
Carole is the Programme Manager in the Theatre and Dance team responsible for programmes in East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. She led on the British Council’s international contribution to the Unlimited programme for Deaf and disabled artists for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and introduction of international delegations to the Unlimited festivals in 2012 and 2014. She continues to take the Arts and Disability agenda forward through ongoing involvement in the Unlimited programme and embedding inclusive practice into our arts programmes across the East Asia region. She is a Disability Arts Champion for the Theatre and Dance team and also sits on the British Council’s Disability Working Group. She currently designs and delivers innovative performance, collaboration and professional development programmes in her current role within the British Council’s Arts Group.
Johanna Tuukkanen is one of the founders of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival (Kuopio, Finland) and works as the artistic director – senior producer of ANTI.
Between 2014 -2016 she worked as the first Arts Programme Manager of Dance House Helsinki but returned to direct ANTI Festival and the European collaboration project Future DiverCities in July 2016. Tuukkanen has worked in the fields of art and culture as a choreographer, curator, programmer, performer, writer, journalist and regional artist.
Oh se-hyeong persued his career in ‘gyunggi cultural foundation’ and ‘asia culture center’ with arts grant program, performing arts/visual art program and asia arts archives. He is now in charge of R&D, international exchange and arts grant program in korea disability arts and culture center.