News: Shape 2012 commissions announced

Wednesday 11 June 2008

StopGAP Dance Company have won a £5000 commission to create a work inspired by the London 2012 Olympics. It’s one of four awards made by Shape, the leading disability arts organisation, which were open to applications from disabled or deaf artists. Inspired by 2012 has categories for Dance, Street Arts, Spoken Word and Visual Arts/media.

StopGAP, an integrated company including dancers with and without disabilities, is based in Farnham, Surrey, under the Artistic Directorship of Vicki Balaam. The company will be using this opportunity to make their first outdoor piece – which will have its first showing as part of Big Dance 2008. (details to be confirmed) Tracking promises to explore what it is which makes London the city it is, using humour – and looking at issues of empowerment and democracy.

The other commissions go to:

Kazzum Theatre Company for a Street Arts project – The Paper People will be a mobile street theatre work for young audiences.

Liz Bentley will be producing a spoken word event to be held in a swimming pool. The Olympic Poetic Swimathon’ will be a collaboration between a number of spoken word artists and poets, in and around a swimming pool.

Aaron Williamson will produce ten new short video works. ‘Williamson Smashes 10 World Records’ will feature Williamson himself breaking a number of Olympic World Records using humour and fast-motion, slap-stick video.

All four commissions will be showcased at an event in April 2009.

Inspired by 2012 is funded by London Councils and Shape is working with Apples & Snakes, Greenwich+Docklands Festivals, Free Form and Dance UK as advisory partners.


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