medical equipment
Photograph by Andrew Dawson

Louise Coleman – Unstrapped

Louise Coleman’s film installation and live dance performance Unstrapped was created for museums, libraries, hospitals and schools. The work explored expected and unexpected uses of medical equipment, supports and aids. As a performer with left-side hemiplegia cerebral palsy Coleman is intrigued by the development and improvement of a variety of medical procedures and aids. Unstrapped brought the equipment and aids to life in a light-hearted and tender performance and installation. (ACE) 

Working between the boundaries of theatre and dance Louise Coleman’s work uses movement, autobiographical stories and narrative to humanise what is it to be or have a body. Through performance and encompassing ideas of disability, she invites audiences to challenge their understanding of body and self, and to reconsider the social and medical constructions of the body. Coleman has worked with Andrew Dawson, Graeae Theatre Company, GDance, Candoco Dance Company’s youth group Cando2 and several independent artists working with inclusive practice.

Watch a short film about Unstrapped.