Members of Anjali Dance Company, pioneers in learning-disabled dance in the UK, are to travel to Mexico at the end of February at the invitation of the British Council to take part in an international seminar on Arts and Disability.
Anjali is an internationally-known group of talented dancers with learning disabilities which is based at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The company has been invited to participate in a four-day seminar on Arts and Disability in Mexico City as a representative of UK disability dance.
British Council Mexico has been developing a series of activities to promote participation and inclusion of disabled people in the arts. The organisers say the seminar aims to influence policy changes on matters of inclusion and social equality and will showcase Anjali and others as an example of what has been achieved in the UK.
The event is organised in partnership with Musee de Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico, a private organisation dedicated to tolerance and human rights.
Anjali’s founder and Artistic Director, Nicole Thomson, will speak about Anjali’s experience as a learning-disabled dance company, as well as contributing to panel discussions and working groups. Company dancers Hannah Dempsey and Daisy Garrett will perform one of their duets, The Reflection, as the main performance of the four-day event.
Nicole Thomson says: “We are delighted to have been invited by the British Council to take part in such a significant event. We look forward to sharing our 25 years experience of learning-disabled dance with artists and policy-makers in Mexico as they look at ways of enhancing their work in arts and disability.”
“A trip to an international disability arts seminar in Mexico is also a very significant event for our dancers because it recognises and acknowledges their talent, professionalism and many years of hard work. It is a fitting start to an exciting year for Anjali, which has a new performance and tour coming up and support from new partners across the country.”
“This summer (funding pending) Anjali will create a new double bill performance of dance theatre called Genius and embark on a UK national tour of 11 venues. We are delighted to have secured enthusiastic support from theatres and support organisations across the country for our artistic work.”
Please keep an eye on our website for touring dates to be confirmed. As a registered charity, Anjali is constantly fundraising to make its work possible. Further details can be found here: www.anjali.co.uk/support/