“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 to tour.