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Man in a suit swinging from a lamp post holding a walking stick in the air

11 Million Reasons, Singing in the Rain. Photo by Sean Goldthorpe for People Dancing Commission.

Sean Goldthorpe (Commissioned by People Dancing)

Visual arts | 2015

11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. The project developed from our core vision to ‘desegregate’ Deaf and disabled people from anyone else that dances, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround disabled people dancing.

Inspired by iconic dance movements in film, from ‘Singing in the Rain’ to ‘Dirty Dancing’, each image has been re-imagined with a cast of professional and non-professional Deaf and disabled dancers.

The stunning, powerful, emotive, and humorous images are diverse with many bringing a subtle but relevant message. The complete portfolio will tour the UK in the next two years and aims to be a resource and inspiration to a number of people, especially Deaf and disabled people participating in dance activity. ”

Produced by: People Dancing

“11 Million Reasons to Dance does do a great job in supporting a broad audience to challenge normative constructions of who in our culture can be considered dancers. This is not easy. I am delighted that they are embarking on an ambitious tour of the UK with this project, and applaud their approach in drawing the visual arts and performing arts into dialogue.”- Disability Arts Online. Read full guest review.

20 photographs for gallery, foyer and unusual spaces. Accompanying film programme available. Available now.

Previous events include 

8 – 29 May 2015 – Curve Theatre, Leicester

8 July 2015 – Choice Unlimited Event

10 July 2015 –The Point, Eastleigh

21 July 2015 – Boots Medicity, Nottingham

25 July 2015 – U.Dance, Plymouth

1 – 30 September 2015 – Bounce Festival, Belfast

22 September 2015 – Stockport Town Hall

29 October 2015 – Worcester Town Hall

1 – 11 February 2016 – Curve Theatre, Leicester

12-28 April, 2016 – Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester

9 May – 20 June 2016 – Festival 10, Valencia

21 – 22 July 2016 – Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln

25 – 30 July 2016 – People Dancing Summer School, De Montford University, Leicester

14 – 21 September 2016 – Doing Things Differently, SPACE, Bristol

6-11 September 2016 – Southbank Centre’s Unlimited festival, London

7 – 10 September 2016 – Gathered Together Festival, Tramway, Glasgow

Upcoming events 

22 February – 8 March 2017 – Nucleus Arts Gallery, Chatham

26 February 2017 U.Dance Medway 2017 – The Brook Theatre , Kent

9-19 March 2017 – HeArt, Pentagon Centre, Kent

11 January – 2 February 2017 – Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincs

4 February – 3 March 2017 – The Point, Doncaster

13-21 February 2017 – South Holland Centre, Spalding

8-28 March 2017 – Gala Theatre, Durham

April 2017 – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Autumn 2017 – Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough