This video was made during the creative process of (Un)expected. I was awarded funding in the spring of 2013 from the Arts & Humanities Council of the United Kingdom to explore the impact dance could have on society’s views on disability.
This project was created over a five week period with dancers of varying “disabilities” as well as one able-bodied dancer. As the project developed, the cast changed and I was added to the cast. This actually turned out to be a good thing because I was able to embody the experience rather than strictly observe it.
We performed in various places around Belfast such as City Hall, Queen’s University Students’ Union, Great Victoria Street Station, and Central Station. The aim was to bring awareness of disability in dance to the community. This project informed initial research for my PhD in Social Anthropology which is still a work in progress.
It is projects like these I aim to develop after attending the Disability Teaching Course in Vienna this summer. If you have not donated yet, the information can be found here: