CAS DIPPADiversity and Inclusive Practice in Performing Arts

II edition

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 2023 ( in Lugano.



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 2023 to May 2024. 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).

Head of training

1st module 

  • 24 / 28 May 2023 ORME Festival, Lugano
  • 30 / 4 June 2023 Accademia Dimitri, Verscio

2nd module – Accademia Dimitri, Verscio

  • 9 to 17 September 2023

3rd module – Accademia Dimitri, Verscio

  • 13 to 21 January 2024

4th module – Accademia Dimitri, Verscio

  • 27 April to 5 May 2024
  • Emanuel Rosenberg
  • Giuseppe Comuniello
  • Camilla Guarino
  • Claire Cunningham
  • Nadia Dias
  • Michael Turinsky
Costs & ETCS

Cost: 3’500 CHF (with the possibility of customised payments)
ETCS: 10

  • Italian, German, English
  • On request: French

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