For Storytelling week, we are running a program of classes themed around disability heritage as part of our Members’ Stories Project. Heritage themed dance classes will explore disability history through creative movement and will interpret and create stories in dance based on three themes: Disability and protest, disability and performance and the end of asylums.
We want people to learn about disability heritage which often goes unshared because usually it is the powerful people in society who get to tell their story.
And also, when we celebrated our 20th anniversary a couple of years ago now, we realised we needed to tell stories about our members, some of who have been with us from the very beginning in 1996 – We’re doing this with a whole heritage project about dance and disability and these classes are part of that where we can share and explore some of the things we’ve found out.
Also included in the project:
-a research project about Indepen-dance and the wider context of dance and disability
-Volunteer group and visits to archives.
-Creating a film with interviews that tell the stories of our members.
-The creation of our very own archive
-A small publication about the heritage of dance and disability
-A sharing event on the 30th March at The CCA for the project
If you want to learn more, or volunteer, share your story, photos or attend our sharing event, email firstname.lastname@example.org