I was so honorable for receiving an invitation to join the international delegation to Unlimited Festival. Unlimited Festival is a festival of the arts in the United Kingdom, featuring the best works of disabled artists from England. Since the first time held in 2012, the British Council has worked with Unlimited to connect the producers and art workers who work in the disability sector. Three year programme delivered by the disability-led arts charity, Shape and arts producing organization, ArtsAdmin, and funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. This year they wanted to go back to do the same with invited representatives of Indonesia to become a delegate. How could I get an invitation?
Last May Jo Verrent visited to British Council Indonesia's office to share a presentation. Her presentation started with an introduction of Unlimited Festival. Moving on Q&A session for Mainstreaming Disability Arts, I asked her about what we should do if Indonesia society had limited awareness towards disability rights. A Director Arts and Creative Industries British Council Indonesia, Adam Pushkin asked me some more questions which related to my youth disability community, Young Voices Indonesia. Obviously, I didn't realize that our conversation began to pull their decision to recommend me as one of Indonesian delegates.
I visited to Unlimited Festival in Southbank Centre with Hana Alfikih (well known as Hana Madness) from 6 - 11 September 2016. I brought my own sign language interpreter from America, Sean Hauschildt, you can click here : https://www.britishcouncil.id/en/uk-indonesia-2016-18/our-stories/hana-madness-annisa-rahmania-at-unlimited-festival-london I truly enjoyed my flight from Jakarta to London with transited in Singapore because there were accessible visual information boards for me as Deaf. Even though I was with hearing friend, some many times I catched information more quick than her.
6 SEPTEMBER 2016
- Talkshow : History and Context of Disability Arts in the UK
Jo Verrent was speech "What's Change - gives you a snapshot of what that funding has delivered within the last three years. We've gathered a selection of quotes from articles, press releases, reports, blogs and interviews from the artists, Allies and funders we've worked with to show you have Unlimited harnessed the enthusiasm and energy of the UK cultural sector and supported 103 talented artists to achieve extraordinary art. So, what's change?" Next, a CEO of Shape, Tony Heaton presented a quick introduction to the social model of disability.
Disability in social model perspective are an ordinary part of life, experience of social oppression due to having an impairment and reflects the full diversity of humanity. In addition, there are kind of invisible disabilities, such as bipolar, tourette syndrome, stammer mouth, etc.
I learned that lunch networking is important time of this event because we can expand relation and get new references with new friends from another countries
- Film : Denise Saul's Silent Room - A Journey of Language
It is a video poem installation and a reflection of speech disability called aphasia. Silent room invites the audience to pay attention to mostly ignored experiences of speech disorder and consider how silence is a powerful theme in language breakdown. Silent room encourages greater arts participation use a variety of communication methods including gesture, writing and pictures to create poetry using film.
It truly inspires me as a video making lover. I think Indonesian youth disability community ought to make film documentary to show how the struggle they get the rights for reaching equality in any aspects
- Performance : Candoco - You and I know
Candoco Dance Company, the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, is delighted to have dancers - Joel Brown and Laura Patay, in a new romantic duet told through a series of vignettes set across time. Danced with passion and sensitivity to a collection of pop songs, Joel and Laura offer audiences a potent and emotive exploration of how we fall in and out of love over and over, often with the same person. You and I Know will throw out the rule book and inspire audiences around who can dance and what dance can be.
I am impressed how skilful Joel Brown play his wheelchair. Even, I'm thinking about how to get experienced choreographer and open inclusive dance class for Indonesian children with Deaf or pyshical disability or wheelchair. It will be difficult for me to reach my goal without grant support.
- Performance : The Way You Look (at Me)
Open, tactile, dynamic, strong, gentle. Mobile. Moving. These are only a couple of words that were on my mind while watching The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight, a piece devised and performed by leading UK disability artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer Jess Curtis.
They combined performance, music and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about their habits and practiced of perceiving each other and the world. Cunningham dances with her crutches in a beautiful way, and Curtis’ attention and presence is very gripping.Their conversational approach allows all spectators to engage and relate; due to their down-to-earth, almost confessional manner they successfully avoid the dangers of patronising or alienating their audience.
It reminds me of performance collaboration between Deaf Art Community with Beatbox Jogja. It definitely cool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQtq78afMU4
7 SEPTEMBER 2016
- Jess Thom - Stand Up , Sit Down , Roll Over