Choreographic collaboration between learning disabled performer Alan Faulds and Cesc Gelabert of Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa

  • Camera: Eveline Nicolette

This was part of Janice’s Creative Scotland Award, 2005 where she embarked on a series of works involving 3 international choreographers – Cesc Gelabert, Rosemary Lee and Martine Pisane. Working in collaboration with the dancers from traveller dance she invited each of the choreographers to create a new work focusing on and drawing from the dancers particular movement vocabularies. The invitation was open-ended giving each choreographer choice in how they worked. Cesc chose to collaborate with Alan (whom he knew from the working together on Arthur’s Feet) on the making of a new solo.

Janice’s Creative Scotland Award was a political response to and rail against the predominant way of thinking at the time to find a prescriptive “right” way to work with learning disabled dancers. Janice has always believed that “there is no one method or model, there is only art, artists and people”. Overall her Creative Scotland Award resulted esulted in a time-based publication Take A Look At What is Actually There. 

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