DaDaFest Worldwide Competition 2022 has been formally launched in Liverpool – and the six-week numerous program is now underway.
The pageant’s program boasts an inspiring and interesting showcase to rejoice the abilities of disabled, Deaf, and neurodivergent artists and performers.
Organizers had been joined on Wednesday night (26 October) by sponsors, companions, and artists on the metropolis’s Unity Theater to open the pageant.
DaDaFest Worldwide Competition Govt Producers Joe Strickland and Rachel Rogers, and Homotopia Competition Director Char Binns formally opened the pageant.
Friends had been then invited to expertise the occasion’s first reside efficiency of the pageant – Trash Salad by Rosa Faye Garland, co-presented by DaDa and Homotopia.
Rosa Faye Garland is a performer, clown and maker who educated at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Trash Salad, a genre-bending burlesque journey utilizing lip sync, strip tease and tune, is her solo comedy debut which grew to become a cult hit at this yr’s Edinburgh Fringe.
The theme and title of this yr’s occasion is Hybrid – to focus on how this system will likely be carried out throughout a mixture of reside and on-line occasions to make sure the pageant is accessible for all.
DaDaFest Worldwide Competition 2022 will run for six weeks by means of to three December. Along with on-line occasions, reside performances will happen at metropolis heart venues and past together with Unity Theatre, Bluecoat, Museum Of Liverpool, and St Helens Library.
The primary week of pageant occasions and performances all happen reside on the Unity Theatre. They are going to be filmed and will likely be obtainable on-demand subsequent week. As well as, the broader on-line program will even be obtainable on-demand till 18 December.
The DaDaFest Autumn program options the work of three DaDa Fellows who’ve acquired inventive bursaries from DaDa to reinforce their inventive apply, construct confidence, and develop abilities to drive change for disabled folks within the arts and our communities. Fellows represented are Kadisha Kayani, Rhiannon Might, and Amina Atiq. This follows the Summer time presentation of labor in June by Fellow Letty McHugh.
The reside program at Unity Theater continues on Thursday 27 October with 24, 23, 22. This ‘little earthquake’ of a gig-theatre present produced by Nottingham-based theater firm Persistent Madness.
Kadisha Kayani performs Sunshine and Shadows on Friday 28 October. Kadisha is a queer, neurodivergent artist and performer from Liverpool, who focuses on work to stimulate socio-political change in the neighborhood. It is mid-Covid and 19-year-old Estelle is feeling alone and reflective. When her relationship along with her between her greatest mates along with her is put to the check, and within the period of social media, will she really feel like this perpetually or will she start to face the fears of her internal youngster along with her?
On Saturday 29 October,Deaf actor and theater and textile designer Rhiannon Might presents Crash Touchdown: A Theatrical Sensory Expertise, which invitations its viewers to plunge into the chaotic world of Planet Zoe.
Based in 1984, DaDa develops and presents glorious incapacity and Deaf arts by means of a multi-art type creative program that features prime quality festivals, interventions and occasions, fed into by a year-round program of engagement work with creating and established artists, younger disabled , Deaf and neurodivergent folks, their households, and the broader neighborhood.
The primary DaDaFest Worldwide was offered by DaDa in 2001 as a platform to showcase the work of disabled, Deaf, and neurodivergent artists.
The pageant program options nationwide collaborations together with joint commissions, program sharing and organizational growth overlaying each disabled and non-disabled artists, and native partnerships working collaboratively to extend creative excellence, help native established and rising artists.
Earlier pageant members have included actor and comic Liz Carr, comedians Laurence Clark and Francesca Martinez, band Amadou & Mariam, and musician Dame Evelyn Glennie.
DaDaFest Worldwide Competition Govt Producers Joe Strickland and Rachel Rogers commented: “We’re excited to launch DaDaFest Worldwide 2022 at Unity Theater with such a vibrant and versatile mixture of occasions over the subsequent six weeks. We’ll see theatre, burlesque, opera, movie , music, images, poetry, and interactive digital artworks from native, nationwide, and Worldwide Artists who all determine as disabled, Deaf, or neurodivergent.
“Consistent with the ‘worldwide’ label of our pageant, each paintings and efficiency will likely be obtainable on-line and on-demand for audiences who can’t be current for the reside occasion. Which means that whoever you’re, wherever you’re, or nevertheless society disables you – you possibly can nonetheless attend and really feel a part of our celebration of all issues incapacity arts.”
The second week of the pageant takes place on-line and on-demand till 18 December and options Hera’s We Ask These Questions of All people; Previous Life by Alice Christina-Corrigan; Flight Paths by Extant, the UK’s main skilled performing arts firm of visually impaired artists and theater practitioners; and Rachel Parry’s MALPER. (Full particulars in Notes To Editors)
Sheilded In The Neighborhood is a disabled-led challenge – led by artist Mandy Redvers Rowe – that gathered creative responses to shielding from disabled folks within the North West responding to prompts from skilled artists. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 16 November at Museum Of Liverpool to coincide with the beginning of Incapacity Historical past Month.
The Bluecoat will host Amina Atiq on Wednesday 23 November. Amina is a Yemini-Scouse poet, award-winning activist, efficiency artist and inventive practitioner, whose earlier work for DaDaFest consists of Damaged Biscuits.
The Edward Rushton Lecture closes the pageant on Saturday 3 December, hosted by the Museum Of Liverpool to coincide with the Worldwide Day of Individuals With Incapacity. The occasion is called after the blind poet, activist and abolitionist, Edward Rushton. The lecture will likely be given by author and artist Khairani Barokka, will probably be reside streamed and made obtainable on-demand.
Jakarta-based Khairani Barokka is editor of Fashionable Poetry In Translation. Her work has been offered extensively internationally and goals to heart incapacity justice as anticolonial praxis. She is the author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis); writer of Rope; and co-editor of Stairs And Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Again (each 9 Arches). Her newest ebook, Ultimatum Orangutan, is shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize. Her speak about her will give new views on incapacity, and widen data and understanding of the affect of colonialism on disabled communities.
DaDaFest Worldwide Competition 2022 operates a ‘pay what you determine’ pricing with tickets for particular person occasions starting from a urged £10 basic admission to £8 concessions, £5 half worth, and free.
There are additionally week tickets costing a urged £20 basic admission/£16 concessions/£10 half worth/free, and pageant passes which give entry to occasions throughout your entire six weeks and which price a urged £40/£32/£20 /free.