We are excited to announce our partnership with the groundbreaking The GetLive Project, A Deaf Dance Research Project by Choreographer Stephanie Struger, Arts and Accessibility Network Manitoba, and Difinity Dance Studio & Productions. This dance project is designed to put Deaf dancers ages 13+ on stage and YouTube live!
We are promoting and spreading the word of this exciting Deaf Dance Research Project those who want an opportunity to dance.
Requirements are ages 13 and up, willing to commit their time between October 18 to November 25, 2018 for rehearsals, and filming on the final day. Deadline is October 15, 2018.
Here are the links for those who are interested in participating in this project:
GetLIVE Project is the creation of groundbreaking performed by DeafDancers via LIVEYouTube Stream.
Where: Deaf Centre Manitoba, Forrest Nickerson Theatre, 285 Pembina Hwy.
*Rehearsal dates are: Thurs Oct 18, 25, Nov 8 from 7-8 pm Sunday Nov 4, 11 from 1-2 pm
Filming Date: Sunday, Nov 25th from 1:00-2:30 pm
ASL Interpreters will be on site to translate communication between Choreographer and Deaf Dancers. Deaf Dancers will learn choreography to various hip hop songs that promote positivity, empowerment, inclusivity, and cultural appreciation.
Dancers who apply and are accepted will spend 5, 1 Hour dance sessions learning dance choreography that they will perform for YouTube on the 6th session. Deaf Dancers will have their hair and makeup professional done on the day of filming in partnership with ArtWithSas, and other Deaf production artists and technicians from Manitoba.
TO APPLY AS A DANCER FILL OUT THE GOOGLE FORM HERE:
TO FOLLOW THE PROJECT ON FACEBOOK CLICK HERE:
TO VIEW THE BLOG POST ON THE PROJECT CLICK HERE:
Stephanie will be creating a final report by working with MB Researchers on How Deaf Dancers quality of lives improved from participation in this project.
This project has been created through consultation with various organizations who support deaf artists with the goals of:
1. Creating empowering professional dance opportunities for deaf performers
2. Promoting dignity, ability, and potential of deaf performers
3. Promoting ASL as an official language
4. Removing stigma's and barriers deaf performers face in the performance industry.
The Choreographer, Stephanie Stuger, and Bethania Group has graciously sponsored their time and the use of the Forrest Nickerson Theatre at Deaf Centre Manitoba from October 18 to November 25, 2018.
Depending on the level of public and private sponsorship we receive for this project, some dancers will receive a reimbursement for their tuition depending on income level.
CBC TV recently did a piece about two Deaf photographers. These photographers, along with a few other Deaf photographers, have been struggling to secure funds to cover the cost for interpreter services so they could continue their study of photography. CTV came to film at a Town Hall the day the funding issue was raised and is planning a followup piece on the Deaf photographers. Both networks are hungry for more stories from the Deaf world.
We are currently looking to secure funds for interpreting services for the Deaf photographers to allow them to continue their studies at PrairieView School of Photography.
More than five years ago, Deaf photographer Vanecia applied for a course at PrairieView School of Photography but she could not cover the fees for interpreting services which were over $4,000 for an eight-week course. As a group, we felt it was not our responsibility to pay for interpreting fees just as it is not the responsibility of a person in a wheelchair to cover the cost of a ramp to enter their building. PrairieView needs to give students access to their courses offered. When Vanecia initially contacted PrairieView, she was denied access. She then applied for grant monies to cover the cost of interpreters. After many years of work, funds from Employment Manitoba became available for interpreting services with a one time only grant for one course.
Although this was a step in the right direction, we are now faced with the daunting task of starting over with our search for funds to continue with our studies, the same opportunity so easily offered to any other individual in Manitoba. Where does that leave our skill development? And where does that leave the knowledge we just attained? How can we continue to develop our skills if we are not allowed to continue our studies or put them on hold indefinitely? The goal of our group is to have access to the remaining 16 courses at PrairieView to complete the program.
Deaf artists share our artistic experiences, work and knowledge easily with each other as ASL is our shared language. This is not the case when we are interacting in a non-deaf world without ASL. Because of this, an interpreter is an essential part of our lives, offering us access to the world around us. When an interpreter is unavailable to a Deaf individual in educational situations like an art class, access is simply not there. Without this basic human right to communication, a Deaf person is not given the same opportunity to develop skills as non-Deaf people. How can a Deaf individual learn anything new when they have no access to the knowledge being offered them?
Thanks to the generous support from the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf hosted an Arts Camp for Deaf youth in the spring of 2017. Taught by local artists, the students who participated learned valuable skills in mime, videography, photography and painting.
Mime opens up a forum for the Deaf to tell their astonishing and heartbreaking stories, providing an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to the hearing world that, for the most part, knows nothing of their lives and struggles. This provides a perfect storm of rich life experience to feed the voracious appetite of the muse and a completely untapped and unexplored market to showcase their art practice.
With the most generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council (and the Winnipeg Foundation and Deaf Centre Manitoba), this project was able to:
continue providing advanced professional training to the Deaf Mime Troupe
market that troupe to the hearing world
mount a hugely successful show at The Fringe Festival
market mime to young students at Manitoba School for the Deaf and mainstream Deaf High School students.
The Deaf Mime Troupe chose to call themselves 100 Decibels: A Deaf Mime Troupe.