Ruth Montgomery audiovisability
Refusing this stereotype are Audiovisability’s British Syrian composer Waseem Kotoub and flautist Ruth Montgomery. Their latest project The Unheard World tackles urgent Middle East themes – home, displacement and migration – as war continues to tear traditional societies apart.
Photo by Stephen Iliffe
Billy Read Billy Read Blog
In 2017 Billy Read received an UNLIMITED International R & D award, that was produced by mac Birmingham and Deaf Explorer. It was a collaboration with Hong Kong-based Street Dancer Ariel Fung. In 2016, Billy Read received Arts Council funding to collaborate with Giulia Marchetti who is based in Italy and is trained in a popular Indian classical dance style. The twenty-minute dance show was promoted to Deaf Indian and Pakistani audiences and young people. “Like Mirabai” used British Sign Language to tell a story and fused Indian dance with street dance. Billy’s interest in making dance shows that deal with oppression and appeal to young audiences is informed by his work with Opera Circus and “The Complete Freedom of Truth” where he teaches dance and creates performances with young people from 7 European countries. In 2015, he made a new street dance show involving 30 people for the Birmingham Weekender Festival in September 2015. Billy has a strong network of International Deaf Promotors and regularly works abroad, and collaborates with deaf dancers. In 2015 he made new work with Antoine Hunter of Urban Jazz Company in the USA and presented new work at The Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival. In recognition of the disparity of opportunity for deaf people in the mainstream, he supports emerging deaf dancers here in Uk and abroad. In 2011 he founded the deaf dance crew Def Motion. By 2013 the company was dancing at CLIN D’OEIL The European Deaf Arts Festival in Reims, France.