DirtyFeet’s Right Foot: Emerging Makers project 2023 has arrived! Join DirtyFeet for an exciting and intimate studio sharing, where you will be introduced to the next generation of dance makers with disability. Lead Artist Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, who lives with invisible disabilities, has guided these emerging dance artists through a three-day intensive choreographic masterclass. Come and observe the process and take part in the conversation, to witness the creative discoveries and research findings of these talented future makers.
Vassallo says, “The next generation of disabled artists has the potential to revolutionize the way disability is represented in the arts. We must empower artists with disabilities with the space, resources and support they need to develop their own practice. By creating a space for disabled artists to share their work, a dialogue between disabled and non-disabled artists is opened, allowing them to learn from each other and create a more inclusive environment. By making the work of artists with disabilities more visible, we can help to raise awareness of unique stories and experiences, ultimately creating a more diverse and inclusive arts sector.”
The Emerging Makers project will engage with emerging and professional dancers with disabilities in a meaningful arts development project. With the intention of both nurturing the next generation of disabled dance makers and building future professional pathways for new, emerging and established dance makers with disabilities.
This three-day intensive workshop focuses on developing 12 emerging dance makers with and without disability. Building on the creative findings and development of 2022, the workshop explores choreographic processes such as experimentation, movement scores, and devised-theatre methods to develop storytelling and generate choreography. Led by and made for artists with disability, the workshop provides an excellent opportunity for creative learning and professional development.
Vassallo will deconstruct her own making process, with the aim of fostering and guiding emerging dance voices in their own practice and artistic pursuits. Artists will also engage with eminent disabled artist Dan Daw via a virtual mentoring session.