artsNK and Transported are pleased to be working with People Dancing for ‘11 Million Reasons to Dance’, a national project positively profiling disabled, deaf and sight-impaired people who dance. The project has been commissioned by People Dancing and supported by Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England.
This week (12th January) 11 Million Reasons photography exhibition will open at Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding. The photographs in the show re-imagine iconic cinematic dance moments from well known films with deaf, sight-impaired and disabled dancers. The exhibition, created by photographer Sean Goldthorpe, is the inspiration for the project and its name refers to the 11 million + disabled people living in the UK. The exhibition will move to the South Holland Centre, Spalding in February.
Project partners include Doncaster Community Arts, Tin Arts, artsNK, The Brindley/Halton Borough Council and Coventry Performing Arts Service. The organisations are all collaborating with local venues, dance artists, education establishments and cultural agencies to create an exciting programme of dance development and touring to new audiences in six locations: Coventry, Doncaster, Durham, Spalding in Lincolnshire, Middlesbrough and Runcorn, Cheshire.
The inspiring collection of photographs will be exhibited at Ascoughfee Hall from 12th January – 3rd February and at South Holland Centre from 14th- 22nd February 2016. The exhibition will also include a short film about the project and an interactive ‘dance booth’ to capture the public’s imagination and experience of the exhibition and give them an opportunity to create their own 11 Million Reasons image.
A headline performance will take place at 7pm on 22 February at South Holland Centre, and will feature a performance by Stopgap Dance company, who create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring, emplying disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. The event will also feature various local community dance groups, including dancers from our Inclusive Dance Programme.