Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Arts news

Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre nominated for national award
Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre, located in the Northern River region of NSW, has been long listed for an Australian Dance Award for outstanding contribution to community dance for the 2016 work, 'Encounters'.
This work came out of two years engagement with community groups including Byron Youth Theatre and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, plus intense ensemble and skills development for our core dancers ... Sprung, on Facebook, 10 April 2017
The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 24 September.

First-time playwright brings his experiences with Down syndrome to the stage
Mandy Marciniak, Kingston Heritage (Canada), 7 April 2017
For Jacob Ballantyne, the world can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and confusing. The 19-year-old Kingstonian is an aspiring playwright who also has Down syndrome, and this month he is sharing the story of his life and experiences in a unique way.

"This is the first time I have written a full play," he explained. "It is inspired by the movie Cheaper by the Dozen, and it is about living with Down syndrome in the mix of other disabilities and inspired by my own experiences" ...


ABC’s ‘Speechless’ Honored For Disability Storyline
Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, 14 April 2017
... ABC’s “Speechless” is one of six shows that was named to the Television Academy Honors this week. The annual recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences highlights “programing that explores and confronts significant issues facing our society in a compelling and impactful way.”

“Speechless” was selected for exploring life with a disability and “the challenges and joys that come with it.” ...

The Who's Tommy review – bold retake on rock opera tackles disability rights

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 6 April 2017
Disabled and non-disabled actors, mixing in sign language and audio description, bring fresh dramatic insight to Ramps on the Moon’s pinball wizard musical ... Anyone with a lingering nostalgia for the 50s or 60s will have their eyes opened as the unresponsive Tommy is subjected to the arrogant blindness of medical science, the grasping greediness of quacks, and abuse much closer to home ...

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