Monika Požek (Founder and artistic director)
She got her first dance training in Slovenia, ballroom dance and show dance, later she was dancing and competing hip hop for 12 years. After obtaining a degree (Adult and continuing education) she moved to Argentina where she began training contemporary techniques and dance improv. At the same time she started to study Dance therapy (at AADT and Maria Fux method) and inclusive dance at IUNA with Susana Gonzales. She continued with Danceability teacher training in Finland, workshops with Adam Benjamin, CandoCo and collaborating with a wheelchair dance group Zebra (Slovenia) and DanZass (Madrid).
In 2012 she starts a new project in Madrid – MeetShareDance inclusive dance association. In 2014/2015 is a Fulbright Schuman researcher on inclusive dance, traveling to Atlanta and working with Full Radius Dance. In 2017 her project MeetShareDance festival won a BeInclusive EU Sport Award. She lives and works in Madrid.
Open Arts runs highly successful, participative arts activities and events in numerous art forms, to enable disabled people to develop their creativity and artistic practice. It began as a research project in 1988 and became a charitable company in 1992, one of the first dedicated arts and disability organisations in Northern Ireland. Open Arts is a disabled-led organisation with most Board members and core staff having a disability. A number of freelance artists engaged in the delivery of programmes are also disabled. The organisation is based in Crescent Arts Centre in South Belfast but uses a range of venues for its work.
2018 A_Ju_Dança, Porto, Portugal
2017 tanzfähig Berlin, Germany
2016 DanceAbility Finland, Helsinki
2015 Fluxusdance, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Zavod OdtiZ, Institute for Education and Inclusion, Ljubljana, Slovenija
2013 Madrid, Spain
2012 Madrid, Spain