Unlimited Arts Company
Unlimited Ads Company is a multi-national project composed of disabled and non-disabled artists from three Arts companies.
The Company's first aim is to raise the profile of disability culture and deaf culture by presentting performance work of high standards whilst being innovative and challenging. The workshops, lectures and demonstrations from the groups will serve to break down cultural and social barriers between disabled and non-disabled people.
Unlimited Ads Company will be a catalyst for a European Arts Group
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
-To work across the divides of disabillty, language and medium of expression.
-To lay the basis for a European network of integrated companies of physically challenged and able-bodied, deaf and hearing actors/performers/directors. -To open the possibillty for future exchanges of ideas, experiences, skills and working methods in this fast-developing area of arts practice.
-To present public demonstrations of work and performances in each country.
-To create lasting video documents (the process and the performances in each country) in co-operation with national/regional television for both broadcast and educational purposes. -To create training opportunities for disabled performers in the fields of direction, choreography and coordination/administration.
Each participating group will bring: 3 Performers/collaborators 1 Workshop director 1 Enabler/transalator
Together they choose-
--At present, it is intended that the project leader comes from Diagonaal/ Unlimted Arts Company (NL) , the production manager from Unlimited Arts Company, the film/document director and the composer/ musician from Common Grounds (UK) and the designer from Crei-sants/ BCN (Doble) CIA (Spain). --The workshop leaders will be responsible for directing the training programmes in their individual countries, but the process itself will be collaborative in order to insure the necessary training takes place. --The enablers are needed to facilitate the process dealing with specific needs of the participants (access etc.) and the interpretation of the 'six' languages (manual and spoken) in use between the groups.
Each of these groups have a know-how of at least 10 years. Yet, despite extensive effort have been unable to otherwise sharpen and develop their artistic thinking in their own countries (no other similar groups or educational possibilities).
For over three years, the primary participants have been in communication, and although we developed a common base of understanding, we saw that each group has specific individual strengths.
THE THEME OF THE WORK
Each participant, to include the 9 performers and the 3 directors, will prepare and present a short (3-4 minutes) solo piece with a strong physical basis. This will serve as a foundation for the entire work and establish individual strength as a starting point. These solos will have a high performance quality in themselves, because they can be prepared in advance and will contain the know-how of the specific working methods of each group.
The participants must also learn and show training skills to each other because each group's way of working is unique.
Each director is asked to write an artistic report covering the process. This report will later be used for both publishing and to open future polemic artistic reactions. This will stimulate this medium's artistic level as weil as build contacts with similar groups all over the world.
UNLIMITED ARTS COMPANY
From the United Kingdom, Common Ground
From Spain, Creisants/ BCN (Dobie) CIA-. -
From The Netherlands, The World of Diagonaal
June 1997: Project and tour
-All three groups will make contact with national/regional television to arrange coverage of the performances for broadcasting.
-The documentary of 'the making of' will be post-produced in coproduction together with the participating television companies.