Marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice, in partnership with Ruskin College and self-advocacy group My Life, My Choice, this new dance and exhibition project explores the “Hidden Impact” of the First World War on people with learning disabilities.
From people displaced when asylums were requisitioned as war hospitals to the journeys some made to the front line, these stories will be brought to the public’s attention through dance performances and an exhibition.
Magpie Dance’s company dancers, all of whom have learning disabilities, will be invited to watch performances at Sadler’s Wells; participate in workshops with a variety of arts companies, including English National Ballet, and will be supported to create their own artistic interpretations to the research uncovered. Thanks to collaborations with a broad range of organisations, innovative use of technology and funding from Arts Council England (ACE), engagement with WW1 heritage will be made more accessible.
A preview of the Magpie Dance company’s work can be seen at Guy’s Hospital (14th November) along with pop-up performances and exhibitions at the Glades Shopping Centre, Bromley during Disability History Month (22nd Nov – 22 Dec).
You can see the whole company’s flagship performance at Langley Park Centre of Performing Arts (9th December). Tickets for the event will be available shortly. This will also feature a presentation from the researchers, a first look opportunity to view the exhibition and opportunity to take part in a Q&A session.
“Hidden Impact” will be featured in the January edition of ‘Community Living’ magazine. Its legacy will be housed both online and by Bromley Museum Collection at Central Library from summer 2019 onwards.
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