Deaf Explorer are pleased to announce that Rinkoo Barpaga and Billy Read have won Unlimited R&D awards with the support of Deaf Explorer.
Rinkoo Barpaga Unlimited R&D
Rinkoo Barpaga will tell the story of Bubble and Butch and reveal the vulnerability of young diverse deaf people. The bullying and discrimination stops when Bubble is asked to look after a mean looking dog called Butcher. The dog is a metaphor for Bubbles access, acting like a superhero at every encounter in the hearing world. Butcher transforms Bubbles life for the better. The whole story will be communicated in a highly visual style; using for the first time urban sign language – a slanguage to demonstrate the creativity amongst deaf people on the streets of the Uk. It will be a defiant new work tackling double discrimination, and mental health in the deaf world from a new script writing voice in the West Midlands, that is supported by Birmingham REP theatre and Unlimited.
Billy Read Unlimited International R & D
‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ is a cutting edge digital dance show, that will deepen audiences and dancers experience of sound. It will use live streaming to involve deaf audiences, in a narrative that will appeal to young people. Set in a dystopian future, where social justice has gone and tyranny prevails; deaf people sign language users are under surveillance, Unable to ‘whisper’ the two protagonists Billy Read and Ariel Fung Ching-wai use their dance skills to create a visual vocabulary to lead a rebellion amongst young deaf street dancers. Artistically Produced by mac, Birmingham the show will be premiered at mac as part of the IDFB (International Dance Festival Birmingham) and Sense of mac a festival about access for Visually impaired and hearing impaired audiences. In Hong Kong where Ariel Fung Ching-wai is based the show will be presented at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, following teaching at the school of Contemporary Dance, Fringe club a vibrant contemporary arts space that promotes emerging Hong Kong artists abroad through cultural exchange and overseas touring will support touring of the show in far East.
Large Canvas work By Olivier Jamin “Vibration”
Visit Ruth Montgomery’s exhibition “Audiovisuality” at Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
A “visual music” art form exploring various aspects of music from the perspectives of deaf and hearing artists, with a focus on capturing the visual language of music. The exhibition unveils the talents of 16 British Deaf Artists across a number of disciplines, including photography, sculpture, acting, textiles, Sign Language, musical composition and film.
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ Plan your visit: Website
About the Picture with Eloise Garland, Danny Lane and Ruth Montgomery
It is a common misconception that deaf people cannot enjoy or appreciate music beyond vibration – let alone hear it. The top part of the canvas shows the word vibration, which is the element of music that this artwork was focusing on. However, it is important to remember that vibration is just one element of music amongst others including dynamics, Beat, and texture. Acknowledging all of the elements of music beyond vibration opens up a whole new level of understanding. On the canvas, you can see many words surrounding the centrepiece of vibration, showing what can be gained by seeing the whole picture. By acknowledging the other elements, the word vibration certainly seems to fade into the background. Although I am a musician (Ruth Montgomery) and focus on sound, visual art is a brilliant tool to communicate a message of other people by raising cultural and social awareness.
Funded by Arts Council England
Billy Read and Fun Forrest Hong Kong
Billy Read invited to apply for Unlimited International Research Award 2017. Unlimited International will enable Billy Read to collaborate with Deaf dancers, Marcus Paulos (Brazil) and Sergio Ruiz Suarez (Spain.) Together they will make a dance show, ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’, exploring the theme of ‘surveillance;’ imagining a dystopian future
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Proposal to Dance Development Organisations in UK
International Deaf Street Dance Project Tours the UK
· Book a workshop led by an international deaf dance crew to inspire your dance trainers to get deaf people dancing and involve young deaf people in dance.
· If you have a performance context – Book a night of scratch dance, an inclusive event with outreach workshops to deaf and hard of hearing young people in local schools and workshops in local deaf clubs. All with goal of bringing them to your dance venue.
In 2016 Billy Read completed his project “Like Mirabai” with Giulia Marchetti that was funded by Arts Council England and produced by Deaf Explorer.
Download deaf explorers evaluation report
Deaf Explorer contacting schools in Wolverhampton, and offering a free high-quality dance workshop with Billy Read. Billy wants to involve young deaf children and young deaf people with an interest in dance in his project at The Way Youth Zone during the October Half term. He hopes that by involving schools in the recruitment and audition process young people who are new to the Way will get involved in the show Like Mirabai on Friday 28 th October 2016.
Read an interview with Billy Read in Participate 4 – a magazine published by Foundation for Community Dance
The workshop is funded by Arts Council England. If you are a school would like to make a booking for an inclusive workshop at your school, please contact.