In 2017, the founding duo of Mobile Dance, Jo Parkes and Barbara Weidner, were part of an expert panel working on recommendations and training for artists working in the field of co-creative dance in accommodation centres for refugees, called into being by the National union of Dance in Schools. The project led to a publication which you can download here.
Their regular format of participatory dance with children JUNCTION has become a model of good practice in Germany and abroad. Co-founders Parkes and Weidner are often invited to speak and lead workshops on the approach. In 2016, Parkes co-founded a working group on dance with refugees with the National Union of Dance in Schools and Parkes and Weidner worked with the Union on the publication „Dance with Refugees“, along with a list of recommendations for artists working in the field.
JUNCTION is funded by ChanceTanz, a project of the „Bundesverband Tanz in Schulen e. V.“ in the programme „Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“ from the BMBF.
- Junction / Mobile Dance: Foto Elly Clarke