People Dancing | Sean Goldthorpe: 11 Million Reasons
5 October 2016 - 20 November 2016
11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people in dance activity in the UK. The project developed from a core vision to de-segregate Deaf and disabled people, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround those who participate in dance.
With funding from Unlimited Impact, People Dancing commissioned emerging disabled photographer, Sean Goldthorpe to create 20 high quality images inspired by iconic dance moments in film.
These stunning, powerful, emotive, and humorous images – many with a subtle but relevant message – Deaf and disabled people are centre stage, re-imagining iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres, act as a resource and inspiration to Deaf and disabled people who dance already, and those who would like to dance in the future.
The project took place in over 12 indoor and outdoor locations and 21 separate shoots, with over 160 people involved. The work took 3 months in total to complete. The complete portfolio is now touring in the UK as 11 Million Reasons. Its Asian premiere is presented by the British Council in Hong Kong at Popsy Modern Kitchen during 5 October to 20 November 2016.
11 Million Reasons Short Films
In support of the exhibition, six short films titled Progression, Contemplation, Sensation, Inclusion, Motion, and Adaption featuring Deaf and disabled people who love to dance as part of their enjoyment of everyday life. Scan the QR code next to the photograph to watch the films.
Sean Goldthorpe is a Leicester based emerging photographer. He
is currently studying at De Montford University and has worked on a number of commissions including work for Curve Theatre,
Leicester. Through Unlimited Impact funding, we engaged established professional photographer Drew Gardiner for a select period to mentor Sean to develop his skills in photography.
The participants involved in 11 Million Reasons are predominately Deaf and disabled people for whom dance is a large part of their life, professionally, or vocationally. People Dancing worked with people of all ages, from local schools and youth groups, adults who dance in their local communities, through to some of the leading disabled choreographers and professional dancers in the UK.
The British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.
People Dancing is the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance, working across the UK and internationally. Established in 1986, People Dancing has more than 2,300 members and reaches 4,500 dance professionals worldwide. People Dancing’s leadership of the community dance network provides a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This exposes its members to diverse dance practices and new contacts, expanding their professional horizons and strengthening their professional identity.
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