Optimistic Becomings: Learning Disability Performance Outward Bound

Margaret Ames*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter considers how the cultural context of a corner of rural Wales becomes part of the substance of work by learning-disabled choreographers. The author argues for gesture as a vehicle for travel between dancers and audiences in a context where travelling to other locations is almost impossible. Theory is linked to practice with examples of how people with learning disabilities use gesture as choreographic material. If performers and audiences of all capacities are invited to take into our own bodies the gestures of performers with learning disabilities, new knowledge might emerge, and we can be transported into new locations of experience and understanding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Does Disability Performance Travel?
Subtitle of host publicationAccess, Art, and Internationalization
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003820970
ISBN (Print)9781032138039
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2023


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