Inclusive Workshops on Saturday

Fanny Vandesande | Tijen Lawton | Lisi Estaras | Kwint Manshoven | Seppe Baeyens | Charlotte Goesaert

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laGeste expands its intergenerational practice to Inclusive Workshops on a permanent basis. We organise open workshops for people with visible and invisible disabilities, people with and without (dance) experience and people with plenty of enthusiasm and body positivity. Age, body mass index, gender, religion, they are all allowed to play along, there must be diversity, disability leads to creativity.

Kwint Manshoven coordinates the inclusive operation, next to his practice as a dancer & choreographer.

This season 22-23, we will divide the workshops into several series.

Each series will last several Saturdays and will have a
fixed choreographer and participant group. The different choreographers will each bring their individuality and a theme of their own choice.
Each series will work towards a private presentation moment.
The day of the presentation moment will always end with a
Thé Dansant, during which we will open the doors of Atelier laGeste to all interested parties.

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Choreographers for
series 1 of season '22/'23 are Fanny Vandesande and Anna Dujardin.
Both are associated with Platform K. Fanny as a dancer-movement coach and Anna as a dancer-in-training. Together they are walking a research path to eventually arrive at a dance performance (duet or solo).
The theme of their performance is sexuality, in its broad sense. In their research, they developed a kind of methodology in which they arrive at movement from word and image. Their wish is to try out that methodology with different people, different bodies.

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series 2, we are working with Tijen Lawton. She intends to start from her rich practice as a performer (with Pierre Droulers, Needcompany, Claudio Bernardo, Mauro Paccagnella, Marco Torrice, and others. )

"My unending hunger as a professional dancer & performer to continuously learn and share my knowledge with others is my motivation. My body's desire and need for constant challenge, confrontation and the search for intelligent thinking to nourish every layer of my emotional and physical body."

For this physical workshop at laGeste, she starts from senses and sensibility, where she herself gets her mustard as a dancer. She likes to explore the senses with a mixability group and navigate through all of them with everyone, no matter how different everyone is. Of necessity, this will also mean that some senses will be more or less accessible. Yet for Tijen, this is not an obstacle, just a surplus. If you can't see, how do you deal with that non-seeing? What does it provide in terms of extra or different information? Next, she wants to connect different sensory imput and explore what this complex combination projects as an image? Is it an emotion? A story? An image? What does it tell? And about whom?

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Choreographer for series 3 is Lisi Estaras. Lisi has previously worked on several projects with les ballets C de la B. She continues with the mixability group in her exploration of the physical translation of bouncy thoughts and emotions.

This series proposes the theme of pleasure as a starting point to explore our need to find satisfaction and challenge through movements, situations, fantasy and expression. We will focus on the possibilities of the body and uniqueness in relation to others.
Her work explores the way different bodies, ages, backgrounds and personalities can find a common source of energy and freedom to interact and create a universe.
In this way, they discover the unlimited possibilities of playing. There is a focus on translating our thoughts and emotions into dance, working on body structures, words and everyone's story. We seek the pleasure of dance.



The workshops are in the hands of several dancers and choreographers with an inclusive practice: Fanny Vandesande, Tijen Lawton, Lisi Estaras, Kwint Manshoven, Seppe Baeyens and Charlotte Goesaert.



when from 28 of January till 25 of February
where Atelier laGeste | Nieuwevaart 118 / S007, 9000 Ghent (free of charge)
accessibility The studio is wheelchair accessible.

subscribe Series 3 is full but interested in joining for another series? Send an e-mail to and she will let you know if you can still join for a next serie. Starting date, choreographer and theme will be announced later.


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