In order to protect the health of all participants, we have postponed the symposium to october (20-22.10.2020) it was originally planned for May (14-15.05.2020).

Methodological questions of co-production in inclusive dance and theatre training, multi-professional team cooperation integrating accessibility into performances (aesthetics of access) and the significance of local and international cooperation: All this will be discussed at the third ALL IN symposium co-hosted by kubia (Centre of Competence for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts) and Un-Label (Performing Arts Company, Cologne). The event is dedicated to successful practices in developing the inclusive performing arts and will provide a forum of discussion for international participants. This year’s symposium will focus on co-production and cooperation.

The symposium addresses persons working for community and independent theatres as well as freelance directors, choreographers and performing artists with and without disabilities.

For further information please click here.


NOTE: The programme has not been confirmed yet.

Tue 20th October 2020, 17.00 – 23.00

17.00 – 23.00 Exhibition Re:Construction – Multimedia Installation & Performance
19.00 – 20.00 Performance
Un-Label – Performing Arts Company
Venue: Halle

20.30 – 21.00 Gravity (and other attractions) – Dance Theatre Performance
Un-Label – Performing Arts Company
Venue: Bühne

21.10 – 21.15 Welcome
Benjamin Thele, Cultural Office, City of Cologne
Venue: Neubau (Bühne)

21.15 – 21.45 Audience Talkback
Venue: Halle / Neubau (Bühne)

Wed 21st October 2020, 10.00 – 17.00
Venue: All events before the lunch break take place at the “Bühne” venue.

10.00: Welcome
Cathrin Boß, (Ministry of Culture and Science, North Rhine-Westphalia)

10.15: Keynote
Graeae at 40 – how have we co-produced and what does this do to disabled voices?
Nickie Wildin (Artistic Co-director, Graeae, London)

11.00: Talk
Why cooperate?
Melanie Zimmermann (Kampnagel, Hamburg); Anne Rieger / Noa Winter (SOPHIENSAELE, Berlin)

11.50: Lecture Performance
I am not here to entertain you!
Silke Schönfleisch-Backofen (dancer and lawyer)

12.20: Talk
Co-producing on equal terms
Miriam Michel / Patrizia Kubanek (dorisdean); Prof. Dr. Susanne Quinten (TU Dortmund), Dodzi Dougban (Un-Label dancer and coach)

12.45: Lunch break

14.00: Parallel roundtables

  • International collaboration in Arts & Disability: Luxury or necessity? The impact of “Europe Beyond Access”, Europe´s largest artistic collaboration regarding the work of disabled artists, on the local sector
    Melanie Zimmermann (Kampnagel, Hamburg)
    Language: German
    Venue: Offener Treff
  • Audio description – theatre to be heard: The co-production of visually impaired and sighted authors and the use of audio description at Schauspiel Leipzig
    Maila Giesder-Pempelforth / Renate Lehmann (authors for audio description, Schauspiel Leipzig et al.)
    Language: German
    Venue: Mannschaftshaus (Kinoraum)
  • Aestethics of Access – A director’s journey in creatively integrated access within the cooperation of British theatres “Ramps on the Moon”
    Amy Leach (Playhouse Theatre, Leeds)
    Language: English
    Venue: Mannschaftshaus (Theaterproberaum)
  • Between intuition and strategy: Developing inclusive organisational structures at tanzhaus nrw
    Bettina Masuch / Roisin Keßler (tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf)
    Language: German
    Venue: Großes Forum
  • Inclusive dance and theatre training methods in the interdisciplinary Un-Label project Creability
    Prof. Dr. Susanne Quinten (TU Dortmund) / Dodzi Dougban (deaf dancer) / Max Schweder (musician) / Mia Bilitza (scientist and choreographer)
    Language: German
    Venue: Südtrakt (Großes Forum)
  • “If Elisabeth didn’t have such beautiful legs”: The co-production of artists with and without disabilities at dorisdean dance company
    Miriam Michel / Patrizia Kubanek (dorisdean)
    Language: German
    Venue: Neubau (Bühne links)
  • Making a Difference – Sharing responsibility: The support for dance professionals with disabilities in the Berlin network
    Anne Rieger / Noa Winter („Making a Difference”, SOPHIENSAELE, Berlin)
    Language: German
    Venue: Halle
  • Taking Ownership: Co-producing and making all voices equal in the room
    Nickie Wildin (Graeae, London)
    Language: English
    Venue: Neubau (Bühne rechts)

16.15: Roundtable wrap-up
Venue: Neubau (Bühne)

Thu 22nd October 2020, 11.00 – 16.00
Practical workshops (parallel)

1. Creability: Inclusive methods in dance, theatre and music
This workshop shows in practice how people with and without disabilities can work together as equals in a creative and interdisciplinary way.
Jana Zöll (actress and coach) / Max Schweder (musician and coach)
Language: Flexible, in German and English
Venue: Südtrakt (Großes Forum)

2. Audio description as an aesthetic element
This workshop will research ways to create and implement artistic forms of audio description, which means taking AD out of its mere function as a tool for translation and making it an integrated aesthetic element of a performance.
Max Greyson (poet, theatre writer and spoken word performer)
Language: English
Venue: Funkleitzentrale (Offener Treff)

3. Visual Vernacular (VV)
Visual Vernacular is an independent art form that exclusively tells stories through strong body movement, iconic signs, gestures and mime. The workshop will demonstrate how VV can be used in the performing arts to bring about aesthetics of access.
Eyk Kauli (deaf actor)
Language: German sign language and body language
Venue: Mannschaftshaus (Theaterprobenraum)


If you want to make a reservation for participation, send an e-mail to: Annette Ziegert,

Tue 20th, Wed 21st and Thu 22nd October 2020: 100 € / 60 € reduced
Tue 20th and/or Wed 21st October 2020: 80 € / 50 € reduced
only Thu 22nd October 2020 25 € / 15 € reduced

For participants with disabilities, with a Cologne passport, unemployed persons, students up to 30 years of age upon presentation of appropriate proof at registration as well as cultural workers who work exclusively on a freelance basis The participation fee includes snacks on the opening evening and a vegetarian lunch on Wed 21st October and drinks on all days.

The ticket for the performances on the opening evening is included in the participation fee. Assistants of participants with disabilities do not pay the participation fee.

All event rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Simultaneous translation English-German and in DGS: We offer simultaneous translation English-German as well as in DGS for all lectures, discussion rounds and the lecture performance in the morning of Wed 21st October and, depending on the needs of the participants, for selected events in the afternoon of Wed 21st October as well as on the opening evening (Tue 20th October).

On request up to four weeks before the start of the event, we offer simultaneous translation in light language and accompanying persons for people with visual impairments.
Please let us know what kind of translation/assistance you need when you register.

Here you find the postcard of the event (PDF)


Alte Feuerwache
Melchiorstraße 3
50670 Cologne, Germany

In cooperation with kubia – Centre of Competence for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts.
The event is funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme, the Kulturamt der Stadt Köln and the Kämpgen Stiftung.