Glasgow fest to feature Armenia’s first inclusive theatre company

Glasgow fest to feature Armenia’s first inclusive theatre company

PanARMENIAN.Net - The British Council has partnered with the National Centre of Aesthetics (NCA) Small Theatre in Yerevan to create Hiraeth, a new dance work exploring themes of homesickness and belonging, the Council said in a statement.

It will be the only international production to feature in the Unlimited Festival of work by disabled artists at Tramway, Glasgow on September 15 and 16.

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme offering talented disabled artists funds and mentoring support to develop, produce and show ambitious work. Delivered in partnership by disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin, Unlimited aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people and is funded from 2013-16 by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. The British Council and Arts Council England funds Unlimited International. Spirit of 2012 funds Unlimited Impact to support young people, extend geographic reach and ensure legacy.

The production is the result of the British Council’s Unlimited: Making the Right Moves programme, which has facilitated exchange between from the UK’s Candoco Dance Company and disabled artists from Armenia since 2013. The programme of skills training and creative development has led to the establishment of Armenia’s first inclusive dance company, consisting of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Hiraeth, commissioned as part of the programme, premiered at the Small Theatre in Yerevan inSeptember 2015. The Tramway performances mark the Small Theatre’s UK debut.

Meaning “homesickness” in Welsh, Hiraeth charts the sometimes remarkable journey of the Armenian people throughout their nation’s history: their yearning for a lost homeland and struggle to create an identity in a new country, the Council said.

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