I’ve been invited to give a presentation about some of my work at Tallinn University in Estonia next month, as part of the Fragile? Symposium: Dance, Arts, and Visual Impairment. I’m going to speak about ‘Silent Rhythm’, a project I co-created with Denise Armstrong and Alison Jones for the Liverpool International Live Art Festival years ago, where we used our sensory impairments as the starting point for collaboration and the source of creativity. Details of the event, plus the international contributors follow:
Symposium / Dance, Arts & Visual Impairment
TALLINN UNIVERSITY, ESTONIA 20 – 21 April 2013
The FRAGILE? Symposium is a European wide gathering of practitioners, participants and academics engaged in the fields of dance / art and visual impairment.
The FRAGILE partners (BÆRUM KULTURHUS (Norway), VO’ARTE (Portugal), TALLINN UNIVERSITY (Estonia) and SALAMANDA TANDEM (England)) have united together to host this stimulating FRAGILE? Symposium in the beautiful city of Tallinn.
The Symposium runs from 19th April to 21st April and will consist of over 18 separate participatory experiences, inclusive presentations, exhibits and performances. Events will be presented by an exciting array of visually impaired and sighted experts from all over Europe debating, showing and performing their work in response to the symposium themes.
Isabel Jones, Artistic Director of Salamanda Tandem, is the symposium curator, and in shaping the themes has devised a programme, around interests and questions arising from the FRAGILE project, from her 30-year of practice in this field and beyond:
• Art: an inclusive aesthetic
. How inclusive is dance as an art form for visually impaired people? What are we doing to make it more so? What affects are there on the ‘Art’ of an inclusive aesthetic?
• Training and Work: routes and barriers
What shifts are needed both attitudinal and physical, for visually impaired people to enter the performing arts as professionals? Where, for whom and how has it been done well?
• Wellbeing: Value and Appreciation.
Is dance / art valuable to visually impaired people and if so, how? How far does this value extend, and does it extend to audiences?
The symposium is suitable for visually impaired people, teachers, artists, scientists, therapists, performers and researchers working or interested in the specific field of dance, arts and visually impairment.
Throughout the FRAGILE? Symposium, we aim to encourage debate, participation, provocation and appreciation, of the contributions of visually impaired people and their collaborative partners to the fields of dance / performance / wellbeing / and art.
The FRAGILE? Symposium’s list of contributors includes:
Lee Sass – UK
Mick Wallis – UK
Kjersti K. Engebrigtsen – Norway (KED)
Ana Rita Barata – Portugal (Vo’Arte)
Sarah Kettley – UK (Trent University)
Ajjar Ausma – Estonia
Isabel Jones – UK (Salamanda Tandem)
Delphine Demont – France (Acajou)
Said Gharbi & Ana Stegnar – Belgium
Jose Luis Pages – Spain
Dijana Raudoniene – Lithuania
Mickel Smithen – UK
Gregor Strutz – Germany
Per Solvang – Norway (Oslo University)
Maria Oshodi – UK (Extant)
David Feeney – Scotland
Rachel Gadsden – UK
Kaite O’Reilly – UK
Read more about the FRAGILE? Symposium and register on www.tlu.ee/fragile