CAS DIPPA – Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Performing Arts

The opportunity to open new spaces for reflection and action.


The CAS Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Performing Arts provides the means for the artistic realization of performing arts projects, from creation to tour. It enables the participants to reflect on their inner attitude as performers by exploring new forms and formats and developing their own stylistic, performative signature in dialogue with the group. Confronting people’s diversity, their fragility, and their potential, are key to creativity. This approach is the anchor, facilitating the collection of intuitions and details that arise from an open and attentive observation of the environment and the people involved in the work. The focus of the practical-theoretical training should not be the therapeutic aspects, but rather the artistic, aesthetic, and performative questions raised by the participants. Starting from a basis of familiarity with one’s own artistic habits and adherence to certain rules, confrontation with other artists can open new perspectives, particularly to do with the diversity of bodies and their artistic potential. The training offers a practically oriented way to develop new creative practices through the exchange of different professional experiences.


The CAS “Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Performing Arts” focuses on the importance of diversity and its potential to enrich artistic endeavors, and offers the opportunity to explore new forms of individual and collective creation. The training continues the discourse and practices which began with the research and training project “DisAbility on Stage / Disabled Bodies in Discourse” (see that addresses the issue of disability in contemporary performance practice and their inclusion in the curricula of universities of applied sciences.

The CAS starts with the ORME Festival 2021 ( in Lugano and there is the possibility that produced work by the CAS will tour in the ORME Festival 2023 and in its IntegrART network (a project by Migros Kulturprozent,

Who is this course for?

The CAS is aimed at international professional artists in the field of contemporary performing arts, with or without disabilities, who want to deepen their artistic practice and expand their repertoire in inclusive contexts.


The practical-theoretical training course is made up of didactic modules that are divided into three macro-thematic areas: The first conveys the tools of an alternative method that is useful for realizing artistic projects in inclusive contexts (devising). The second concerns the presentation and research of various methods of individual and collective creation.  The third aims to build conceptual, planning, and organizational elements for the development, implementation, and distribution of a project in the field of inclusive performing arts (arts producing).


May 2021 to October 2022. The individual modules are concentrated into 5-10 consecutive days in order to be able to reconcile the training with possible professional obligations. The total number of hours includes the practical-theoretical training in Ticino and the preparation of project work through self-study.

The working hours during the modules are flexible and can vary between 5 and 7 hours per day depending on the possibilities and needs of the participants and lecturers.

The CAS program is coordinated and organized by the Accademia Dimitri (SUPSI) in collaboration with Emanuel Rosenberg (Teatro Danzabile).

Lecturers: Claire Cunningham, Nadja Dias, Emanuel Rosenberg, Michael Turinsky

Language: English / German / Italian (French, sign language).

All modules will take place at the Dimitri Academy in Verscio. (Except from 25 – 30 May 2021 where we will be in Lugano)

Course Cost : 2500,- CHF

Scholarships: Participants can apply for a scholarship.

Students living with a disability can submit an application to “Pro infirmis” to check whether they are eligible for financial support for the costs of the CAS.


Daniel Bausch :

Phone: 058 666 6750


1° Module -> Introductive course –  26 May – 5 June 2021

  •  26 – 30 May 2021: Participation Orme Festival, Lugano
  •  1 – 5 June 2021 course with Emanuel Rosenberg

2° Module -> Producing and inclusive working practice (part 1) – 6 – 7 September 2021

  • Arts producing theory slot, part 1, with Nadja Dias

3° Module -> 8 – 16 September 2021

  •  “Coreografie of care” with Claire Cunningham

4° Module -> 14 – 18 March 2022

  • A broader perspective: choreographic practice and physical diversity with Michael Turinsky

5° Module -> Producing and inclusive working practice (part 2) – 19 – 20 March 2022

  • Arts producing, part 2 with Nadja Dias

6° Module -> Conclusive course/ evaluation  – 30 May – 7 June 2022

  • Course with Emanuel Rosenberg

Application Deadline:

9 April 2021


The maximum number of participants has been reached. We have opened a waiting list, if you are interested please send us an email ->

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