An inclusive dance project from Sense
Moving Portraits project captured the stories of six people with complex disabilities through dance. Each were asked: What it is like being me?
Inclusive dance workshops across Birmingham were run by Lisa Simpson, choreographer and new artistic director for Sense and the National Inclusive Dance Programme. These workshops helped identify six people happy to share their stories through dance.
These stories were then filmed and presented as part of an immersive community experience during the Birmingham 2022 Festival at the Birmingham Rep theatre.
Accessibility of the stories was key. Each story was captured using cinematography, dance, audio descriptions, captions and a specially-designed sound score that translates movement into vibration. The sound score was split into two elements, one score that reflects the movement through vibration and another co-designed by the dancers to reflect their story.
The free event at the Birmingham Rep theatre became a celebration of the people Sense supports, as well as the work of dance artists.
With thanks to Arts Council England and Doyle Cart.