Birmingham Dance Network

Help us make dance accessible at our community performance event

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This project received pledges on Fri 12 Jul 2019

The Project

We have set ourselves the target of raising £1,500 for access costs for our exciting showcase of new dance.  Birmingham Dance Network's Introducing... event is an opportunity for choreographers and both amateur and professional dancers to try out new work in front of audiences in the Midlands. This year, the event has the theme of 'Community', and is being held at the charity Sense's fully accessible venue.  TouchBase Pears is ‘a pioneering, multi-purpose centre for the whole community in Birmingham and beyond – a place that brings people together in a welcoming environment where everyone can feel connected, included and part of the community’. 

Choreographers have been specially chosen to work with two community groups - Freewheelin's wheelchair dancers and b-Vague's LGBTQ performers. These participants have a variety of life and dance experiences.  When we asked Freewheelin what they were looking for in this project, they told us:

        ‘We’d like an opportunity to perform and be accepted amongst others dancing in the same event.  We would like to be viewed as equals and seen for more than just our disabilities.  We love dancing, as we get to work together as a team, try out new things and feel free….’

Through raising these funds, we will be able to ensure that this experience is fully accessible for all, contributing to the aim of achieving greater diversity in dance audiences and performance. To see more about Introducing... and to book your ticket click here.

Where will the money go?

      The £1,500 we raise will cover:

    • Personal assistants - Some of our participants rely on personal assistants to help them get to, and partake in, rehearsals and the performance
    • BSL interpreters - We need British Sign Language interpreters as part of the performance, to ensure that it is accessible to deaf audience members
    • Audio Description - To ensure the performance is accessible to blind audience members
    • Costume - We need to invest in costume that is suitable for all participants in the project
    • Travel - Some participants require financial assistance to get to and from rehearsals and the performance

    Birmingham Dance Network

    Birmingham Dance Network is the go-to support network for independent dance artists, choreographers and teachers who live and work in and around the UK’s second city. Find out more about the BDN by visiting our website.

    BDN aims to create opportunities to easily discover and connect with other artists, choreographers and teachers, as well as opportunities for professional development and training.  As artists, we know how tough the industry is, but it certainly becomes easier once you feel part of a community.  Our main focus is contemporary dance, but we welcome artists with a range of artistic practices.  The network works across the city and regionally, connecting with other arts organisations to try to create the best professional development opportunities for the city’s dance artists.

    Everyone has a right to experience dance, and this year's theme for Introducing... allows us to embrace that notion, bringing dance professionals and those interested in dance together. This project offers everyone the opportunity to connect, explore, create, have fun and, most importantly, dance! 

    Through this project it is important to us that everyone feels included, and that the experience of creating, rehearsing and performing is open to anyone who wants to participate. That is why it is so important for us to make everything about the project as accessible as possible.

    As well as doing everything we can to make Introducing... accessible in 2019, we will also ask for feedback from audiences and participants on how they felt about the project and whether there is more we can do in future BDN events.  Through experimentation and dialogue we hope to be able to build accessibility into everything we do.

    We want this event to be a model for accessible dance/performance events happening in the region, an event that demonstrates what is possible when practicing inclusivity. A donation from you will help us create this important legacy. 

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    Help us succeed

    We would love it if you could donate even the smallest amount to Introducing's accessibility costs, but you can help also by sharing this fundraiser with any individual, organisation or company you think might support us, via social media, or through good old-fashioned email or word-of-mouth.  If you do have spare funds, we would, of course, love it if you donated.  You can see the various options on the right-hand side of this page: you can choose to make a simple donation of any amount, or to receive a material "thank you" from us by choosing one of the reward levels.

    Thank you for helping us make our community dance event accessible for all.