For the first year at Brighton Fringe we're very excited to present the Freedom Season! The Freedom Season is a programme of events that are accessible to a range of audiences with access needs, including those with visible and invisible disabilities. The season also showcases and supports the work of Deaf and disabled participants.
Today we present an interview with one of the Freedom Season events taking place at this years Fringe, The State of Us by Danceability Collective.
What is your event about?
Dance and Theatre exploration of emotions, by three separate companies. It is an exploration of the vivid imagination of those with a range of impairments / disabilities.
Why did you decide to make it?
As three accomplished performances companies, we unanimously decided to all work on performances exploring emotions as a theme. We felt this was something interesting to explore as emotions are universal, yet subjective and transient. We are collaborating as three companies as "The Danceability Collective" to enable our performers to integrate as a part of the Disability Arts Network.
What should audience members expect?
Stories, imagery, music, dancing, entertainment, tension and wonder. We aim to enlighten our audiences with work that has truly been created by our performers, opening the door to a world of imagination that otherwise may remain hidden.
What are your plans post-Brighton Fringe, with this or other work?
We will be performing this work again through other local festivals and at schools.
What advice do you have to other creators about making their event more accessible?
Be prepared to fight for it - there is a distinct lack of awareness out there and you may have to stand your ground or be creative in how you approach. Remember you are doing something amazing and working towards and more inclusive world and making opportunities available to those who need it most. One of the most important things is to build a good relationship with your venue and to work with them to ensure your audiences feel safe, considered and supported.
What would you like to see at the Freedom Season next year?
Freedom Season buddies - connect us all together, share our resources and techniques and offer support sessions to participants who have no experience. There is so much more we could learn and develop together.
- 21 May 2018 13:00 - 15:30
- 22 May 2018 19:00 - 21:30
- Touch Tour
Tickets - Free
Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, University of Brighton, BN2 0JY