A new inclusive dance programme is due to begin next month at Sadler’s Wells in London.
=dance will showcase the work of deaf and disabled artists through a series of performances, workshops, discussions and professional development opportunities.
The year-long series will open on 13 May with the London premiere of Artificial Things, the latest work by Stopgap Dance Company. Stopgap will also run an intensive workshop for professional dancers and teachers, aimed at exploring creative dance for mixed ability groups.
Also on the programme are Deaf Men Dancing+ (pictured). Founded by deaf choreographer Mark Smith, the company incorporates sign language into its productions, and will perform Hear Hear! on 28 September.
Jane Hackett, co-director of Creative Learning at Sadler’s Wells said: ‘Some of the most interesting dance work being made today is created and performed by deaf and disabled artists. Sadler’s Wells has previously had a relationship with some of these artists, through commissioning or programming work, but this is the first time the work has been presented all together, highlighting the profile and impact that these artists have within the dance sector.’
She added: ‘Besides the diversity of performances offered, the accompanying programme of workshops and discussions provide inspiration and knowledge to emerging performers and an opportunity for audiences and performers to interact.’