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I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog 3

It’s now less than 3 weeks before the ‘Surroundings’ installation/performance. And I am still compiling the projected imagery and editing the soundtrack of recorded voices. The experiences that have been shared with me are precious and I feel the pressing responsibility to make this installation work, especially when one of ...

Image shows Jo-Anne playing cello on a black stage, with a red spotlight. Photo credit: Oliver Cross

Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait... A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO ...

Volunteering: Gaining from Giving

Volunteers play a vital role in the arts. Without them, many activities would not happen.  Across the UK there are around 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in cultural activities*. Step Change Studios works with volunteers who support its inclusive dance activity. Its volunteers ...

Audio Lighting with Charles Matthews

Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story. Yes it will all be ready ...

Breaking Ballroom: A Short Film with a Big Heart

‘Be enablers, not disablers’ – these words capture the heart and message behind Breaking Ballroom, a short documentary film produced and directed by film student Dragana Njegic. The film has been selected as a finalist in the Courage Film Festival taking place in Berlin from 4-6th April 2019. The Festival ...

Jess Thom: Embody the change you want to see you in the work you are making

There's a bit of a revolution going down at the Battersea Arts Centre. The recent Rest & Resistance festival, curated by Jess Thom and Touretteshero, was the beginning of a new inclusive approach being spearheaded by the arts centre to considering what it means to be a relaxed venue. To give ...

My New Memoir

MY MEMOIR. How & Why I’m sitting here trying to remember how my memoir actually came about. I think, because of the life I’ve had – being born with a flat nose and cleft palate, not being able to talk properly until I was 10, and having mental health issues (some of ...

Six people sitting on the edge of a stage

The heights and depths of Rockbottom

I saw an excerpt from Stuart Waters' touring show Rockbottom last Friday in the Marlborough's black box theatre in Brighton. Stuarts commitment to this rollercoaster of a piece of work is extraordinary, as entertaining as it is disturbing. This theatre-dance performance, tells the story of Stuart's own tussle with death ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 2

My ACE (Arts Council England) supported R&D (research and development) project ‘Surroundings’ is uncovering some fascinating, evocative and highly emotional stories, experiences and opinions from my volunteer interviewees. The difference between my original vision for how the interviews might pan out and what is actually happening, is as unexpected as ...