Fanny Vandesande

Fanny Vandesande works closely with Platform-k as artistic collaborator, mentor, choreographer and teacher. In that partnership, as a teacher, she focuses mainly on developing inclusive and accessible practices within dance and movement for people with visible or invisible disabilities.
She has also collaborated as artistic coach and performer for A BIGGER THING at Opera Ballet Flanders directed by Lisi Estaras (2022).
In 2021, she took on the choreography of Het Narrenschip by Sahar Rahimi (produced by Monster Truck, Platform-K & NTGent) which toured internationally.

She is also part of the artistic team LEON.DANCE led by Seppe Baeyens where she researches participation and diversity during the Saturday participatory workshops, Park Poetik,... As an artistic coach and performer, she collaborated with Mus-e, Campo/Onbetaalbaar & Les Ballets C de la B for 'Day of Dance' led by Alain Platel for the project Le Sacre (2018).

She then worked as choreographer and dance coach with a group of young people on Victoria Deluxe for Younited 9000 (2019). Vandesande worked closely for a few years as performer, teacher and choreographer with TALK-Gent Bougement. There, she created a site-specific visual performance ANT AND. in co-creation with Vania D'Angelo that was shown at home and abroad (WATOU, s'Hertogenbosch theatre festival Boulevard, Namur en mai, GUM etc.).

As a performer in 2018, she participated in Milo Rau's Lamb of God, Jenufa De Munt/ La Monnaie (2014) directed by Alvis Hermanis and choreographed by Alla Sigalova, and also got acquainted with United Cowboys' Nude Studies (2012).
Between 2006 and 2008, she worked as a performer and dance teacher with local dancers and choreographers in Java, Bali and Lombok including Vita Valeska & Boby Ari Setiawan.

From collaborations with laGeste, and Platform-K, among others, Vandesande got to know very talented performers. From these encounters and her already acquired expertise in inclusive dance practices, the desire arose to further develop innovative methodologies and work with target groups with different backgrounds, bodies and dance experience.
Vandesande wants to focus on inclusivity and accessibility within her artistic trajectory. As a creator, she enters into a social commitment that ideally feeds off a solid, ambitious artistic vision and the responsibility to create very (self)consciously and stand in society. She therefore wants to help create space for honest participation since, as a maker, she does not want to work in isolation from social issues, but to give them a very central role in her work.

update June 2023

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