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Research Lab Mixed Abled Dance 22 successfully carried out!

Image of the logos from the conference organisers © Susanne Quinten​/​TU Dortmund

The digital conference Research Lab Mixed Abled Dance 22 took place at TU Dortmund University on 12 February 2022. The aim of the event was to offer researchers in the field of Mixed Abled Dance (MAD) as well as those interested in research from German-speaking countries a platform for exchange and networking.

MAD stands for a variety of contemporary dance in which people with the most diverse physical-motor, cognitive, communicative and emotional prerequisites dance together. Due to its great creative and innovative potential, MAD has developed into an exciting object of research, which was reflected in the broad spectrum of research topics and projects presented [Detailed information can be found in the Tagungsprogramm and in Abstractband and under the Link zur Tagungshomepage].

Two plenary sessions complemented the eleven scientific contributions. In the first plenary session, the question of how to bring together the different actors in MAD (dance providers, participants, funders, institutions, researchers, etc.) was discussed at length. In the second plenary session, the participants exchanged their expectations for research on MAD. The next step is to network researchers at the university level with the participation of experts in their own field.

Three "dance breaks", performed by dancers from the Ich bin O.K. Tanzcompany, Vienna and led by Mia Sophia Jabado-Bilitza, provided a moving framework in which the approximately 70 participants were able to clear their heads between the individual lecture blocks for the subsequent sessions.

The conference was organised by the Department of Music and Movement in Rehabilitation and Education [MuB] under the direction of substitute professor Dr Susanne Quinten, in cooperation with the Society for Dance Research gtf, Aktion Tanz, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Tanz NRW and the mixed abled dance company DIN A13. The research laboratory Mixed Abled Dance 22 follows on from the conference on the topic of "Dance Diversity Inclusion", which was also held in Dortmund in 2017. [Link zu wei­te­ren In­for­ma­ti­onen zum Buch]and identifies the Department of MuB as a pacesetter for strengthening research in the field of MAD.

A big thank you goes to the dedicated organisational team of the conference: Mia Sophia Jabado-Bilitza (TU Dortmund University/ LAG Tanz NRW), Mag. Dr. Maria Dinold (Ich bin O.K., Vienna), Joana Diszeratis (TU Dortmund University), Elisa Geiz (TU Dortmund University), Stefanie Katzer (Aktion Tanz), Antonia Marquard (TU Dortmund University), Steven Solbrig (Stiftungsuniversität Hildesheim), Dr. Meike Wieczorek (TU Dortmund University)

Location & approach

The campus of the technical university Dortmund is located near the Dortmund West motorway junction, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The university can also be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.


The H-Bahn is one of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Centre via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station with the AirportExpress and from there to the university with the S-Bahn. Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, offers a wider range of international flight connections and can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.