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Turrini writes for the Down Syndrome Festival

The Viennese idance company is holding the Down Syndrome Festival for the second time. Young artists, both with and without a disability, come and dance together. The prominent Austrian author Peter Turrini will write the texts this year.

"We want to make dancing accessible for disabled people and create art for people with disabilities", said Beata Vavken to wien.ORF.at, who is organising the festival for the second time. People with disablities learn to professionally dance through the idance company.

This year, around 17 dancers will premiere the piece "Schritte Ein Tanzspiel" in the Theater in der Josefstadt. Peter Turrini is writing the text as in previous years and the Norwegian Kyrre Kvam is composing the music.

In people who have Down Syndrome, the Chromosome 21 exists three times. The idance company was founded in Vienna in 2008 in order to bring attention to the living conditions of people with this genetic disorder.

The company have been rehearsing for the performance for half a year. They are not only playing in the Theater in der Josefstadt but also in Burgtheater-Dependance Kasino, both very prestigious locations.

Along with providing a platform for people with disabilities, dancing also gives these people a chance to find a job. The company believes that the young dancers should be rewarded for their passion, so each dancer receives 100 Euros per performance.

Vienna Times






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