After our project finished for theIntercession of being Disabled and Black for Black History Month, we are now in the Disability History Month with the Intersection of being Disabled and being People of Colour.
Scored in SIlence – Dance Documentary Film screening of excerpt from “Scored in Silence” (12 mins) followed by a Q&A from Chisato Minamimura and producer Amy Zamarripa Solis (8 mins). There will be sound, music, sign mime and voiceover in the film, as well as a live BSL interpreter.
in Silence” is Chisato’s new solo digital artwork that unpacks the
untold tales of deaf hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and their experiences at the time and
afterwards. 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings and it is also the year that Tokyo will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Scored in Silence” was developed alongside partners VibraFusionLab in Ontario, Canada and showcased at Brighton Digital Festival and Manchester Science Festival in 2018. It was selected for the British Council Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase in August 2019. It will be part of Disabled & Proud Festival evening performances 6-8pm. Woolwich Centre Library 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6HQ
Chisato Minamimura is a dance artist and art presenter born in Japan, now based in London. She has created, promoted, performed & taught dance across 20 countries, including 3 years (2003-6) as a company member of internationally-renowned CandoCo Dance. She was involved in Aerial Performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad. She approaches choreography from her unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/ music’.
Exhibition *Neurodiversions* Annabel Crowley and Shura Joseph-Gruner present their creative responses to their day-to-day neurodiversions.
Exhibition : Digital Quilt of Disabled Women (work in progress by Eleanor Lisney and Natasha Hirst and others) will be presented.
There will also be stalls (let us know if you would like one by emailing: eleanor (at) cultureaccess.co.uk) and display of books to celebrate Disability History Month
Evening Perfomances will be compered by Joanna Abeyie with Disabled artists such as Miss Jacqui(spoken word artist), Dennis Queen(musician and singer), Janine Booth(Poet, author and activist), Sorena Francis and more to be announced. Contact us (eleanor (at) cultureaccess.co.uk) if you would like to perform. There will be BSL interpreters.
On the May day bank holiday, I went to something I saw curiously advertised as the Nomadic Garden 2nd Birthday Party.
I asked if it was accessible as I am interested in communal gardens, they said it was but it would’t be smooth as the flooring was woodchips
” The ground is covered in wood chips so not easy for a self-propelled but an Indoor/Outdoor wheelchair would be fine. No stepped access or hazards from main gate “
It took us (I went with my intrepid support worker, James) some time to find the space. I was slightly side tracked by the stalls on Brick lane.
We found it in the end and we met James/Jimmy who gave us a potted history of the place – as is narrated in the video.
James told me of the Raggae BBQ party and campfire they have every weekend. The floor might be woodchip strewn but they did think of rudimentary access ramps for wheelchair users.
Many of the plants were in raised beds so they can easily be accessed by some wheelchair users, the people were genearally friendly. It is an accessible place to bring some friends and hang out! Especially when the weather is good!
James said they would definitely like to open it up to more disabled people. Party anyone?
Next event party Meeting of Styles – 27th/28th May