Members of Anjali Dance Company, pioneers in learning-disabled dance in the UK, are to travel to Mexico at the end of February at the invitation of the British Council to take part in an international seminar on Arts and Disability.
The British Council has been developing a series of activities in Mexico to promote participation and inclusion of disabled people in the arts. The organisers say the seminar aims to influence policy changes on matters of inclusion and social equality and will showcase Anjali as an example of what has been achieved in disability arts in the UK.
The event is organised in partnership with Musee de Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico, a private organisation dedicated to tolerance and human rights.
Anjali’s founder and Artistic Director, Nicole Thomson, will speak about Anjali’s experience as a learning-disabled dance company and contribute to panel discussions and working groups. Company dancers Hannah Dempsey and Daisy Garrett will perform a duet, The Reflection, as the main performance of the event.
We are delighted to have been invited by the British Council to take part in such a significant event. We look forward to sharing our 25 years experience of learning-disabled dance with artists and policy-makers in Mexico as they look at ways of enhancing their work in arts and disability.
A trip to an international disability arts seminar in Mexico is also a very significant event for our dancers because it recognises and acknowledges their talent, professionalism and many years of hard work. It is a fitting start to an exciting year for Anjali, which has a new performance and tour coming up and support from new partners across the country.