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British Council - Disability Arts International
Newsletter #6: Institutional change
23 May 2017
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and digital newsletter from the British Council.
In this newsletter we look at different ways in which 'mainstream' organisations are changing their institutional culture to be more inclusive
Screengrab of Assisted Suicide the Musical film
Film: Ramps on the Moon
Ramps on the Moon is a consortium of six 'mainstream' regional theatres, supported by disabled-led Graeae Theatre Company, which aims to open up the participating institutions to disabled people as artists and audiences. Ramps on the Moon produces large-scale productions of existing musicals with integrated casts and creative use of access features. Learn how Ramps on the Moon hopes to transform not only the partner organisations, but the theatre sector more generally.  
Noemi Lakmaier
IntegrART Symposium: the relationship between art, politics and disabled bodies
Arts journalist Bella Todd reports from the latest iteration of IntegrART's biennial symposium, reflecting on the issues raised by the performances, debates and the nature of the symposium itself. As a visitor from the UK, the difference in approach to exploring questions of disability and dance provides fertile ground for discussion. 
Benedict Phillips 3D Thinkers in a 2D World
DisArt Festival 2017: an unconventional view

DisArt Festival is an international symposium of disability arts which took place in Michigan, USA in April. Disability Arts International commissioned Benedict Phillips, a UK artist who explores new ways of looking at the world around us, to deliver a left-field view of proceedings with a photostory of his experience of attending and presenting at the event. 
ShareMusic: using music and performing arts to foster a more inclusive society
Swedish arts organisation ShareMusic & Performing Arts have been delivering high profile performances and advocacy work for 14 years. Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sophia Alexandersson shares learning from ShareMusic's projects, which have placed equal emphasis on artistic quality and inclusion. Their latest production SHANGHAI is a collaboration with The Göteborg Opera and is typical of their method of partnering with 'mainstream' organisations to effect change.  
Frances Morris screengrab
Tate Modern's Frances Morris: shaking up the institutional culture of museums
Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, reflects on the role of museums and galleries in contemporary culture, and explores the social and artistic importance of embracing a wider diversity of artists within those institutions. This film is taken from part of Morris’s keynote address to one of the UK’s key Arts & Disability conferences  -  a partnership between DASH, the Live Art Development Agency and the mac Birmingham.
Best of the Net: Miranda and Caliban - can you Skype a Shakespeare performance?
DAI previously interviewed Robert Softley-Gale about Birds of Paradise's reimagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Miranda and Caliban: The Making of a Monster. The British Council have produced a behind-the-scenes look at this innovative live-linked courtroom drama, which spans continents and four languages to explore Shakespeare in an era of social media and reality TV.


 
CiM Integrated Dance: O Aqui In Arte 10
Featured company profile: CiM Dance Company
 
This year, Portugal's CiM Dance Company celebrates its 10th anniversary. Over the last ten years, it has brought its inclusive approach to professional contemporary dance to 12 countries worldwide, playing to some 200,000 people. CiM's work is characterised by a multidisciplinary working method which uses new physical languages to explore the body's movement in space. 

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