Inside Out—an inclusive dance lab at New Holland Island


From 16 September 2018 to 18 September 2018


New Holland
Inside Out—an inclusive dance lab at New Holland IslandInside Out—an inclusive dance lab at New Holland Island


As part of Garage's partnership with the New Holland Island, Australian choreographer Philip Channells and the team of Dance Integrated Australia will run a three-day inclusive dance laboratory in Saint Petersburg.

A series of dance workshops organized in collaboration with the company Dance Integrated Australia proved to be one of the most important events within last year’s training program Experiencing the Museum hosted by Garage. Adults with intellectual disabilities engaged in the workshops alongside Theater Ballet Moscow dancers. The laboratory concluded with a presentation by Philip Channells explaining the choreographer’s methods of work with mixed groups.

This year, these master classes will resume at Saint Petersburg’s New Holland Island where dance will serve as the basis for developing a new vocabulary of movement, while, completed with film and digital technologies, it will help to open new perspectives for the participants’ interaction with the world in its most diverse physical and sensory aberrations.

The lab format has also evolved, it now welcomes any participants, regardless of the nature of their disability and dancing experience, along with people with intellectual disabilities and professional dancers. Wrapping up the event, the group will release a video documenting the two-year experience of work with inclusive dance practices in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art would like to thank Ausdance NSW for supporting the project.


Philip Channells (b. 1970, Coffs Harbor) is founder, creative director and producer at the Dance Integrated Australia dance company; ambassador to the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program; former artistic director at Restless Dance Theater (2009–2012); and inaugural recipient of Tomorrow Makers Award (2014).


Dance Integrated Australia (founded by Philip Channells in 2012) is a dance company focused on creating collaborative opportunities for established and emerging artists to develop international projects dedicated to the involvement into the artistic process of people with diverse backgrounds and physicalities. Its leading principle is inclusivity and proximity, challenging audience mindsets to gain extraordinary experiences. The company is an Associate Organization of Ausdance NSW 2016–2018.


New Holland is an artificial island in the center of Saint Petersburg. Founded by Peter the Great in 1721, for over 300 years it was used for maritime purposes and remained closed for city residents. In 2010, Millhouse company was granted an investment contract for New Holland’s reconstruction, while IRIS Foundation—a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and advancement of contemporary culture—was invited to develop the creative concept of the venue. One of the key initiatives of the Foundation, which was established by Dasha Zhukova in 2008, is Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

The resulting project New Holland: Cultural Urbanization is set to integrate a novel approach within the reorganization and adaptation of a contemporary venue, which remains a cultural monument of federal significance, to modern purposes. Following the huge success of its temporary event programs, the decision has been taken to reject the initial idea of housing development on the abandoned area and replace it with a public park with comfortable infrastructure instead. Today the island is a venue for cultural programs and major city projects. The future of New Holland Island is associated with the opening of noncommercial cultural and education centers, research laboratories, and exhibition spaces whose programming will delegated to young professionals.



The lab is open for adults with and without disabilities. To take part in the lab, please send completed participation forms to

Participation forms will be accepted from July 15 until August 31, 2018, with the results to be announced no later than September 10, 2018.