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Unlimited Commisions

Snails, Ketchup and Private Dancers form part of Unlimited, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project


Janice Parker and Ramesh Meyyappan have been offered a share of over £400,000 of funding as part of London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad project. Scottish artists secured two of 10 commissions across the UK in this first round of Unlimited awards.

Delivered in partnership between London 2012 and the UK arts councils, Unlimited will celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale and is set to transform the disability arts movement in the UK.

Janice Parker
Janice Parker’s Private Dancer is an artistically ambitious large scale performance event by professional and emergent disabled dancers.  Performed in and around a real sized luminous ‘house’, purpose built with a series of individual rooms, each solo dancer invites audience members to enter their private performance domain.

As well as the individual pieces, the hour long performance will include disabled and non-disabled dancers performing throughout the structure encouraging audiences to walk and move around the house. Private Dancer is the result of research and development work which received funding from the Scottish Arts Council’s Disability Arts Open Fund.

Janice was delighted to win the award, she went on to say: “The support will enable the scale and the scope of the choreography to really develop. I am committed to bringing the work of disabled artists to more prominence and this opportunity will allow me to collaborate in depth with some brilliant disabled performers and bring their work to the fore.

The plan is to create a large scale performance event that takes place in a realistically scaled luminous ‘house’ inhabited by individual disabled dancers creating solo works to an audience of one. Unlimited funding will allow us to research ways of touring the work and involving established and emergent disabled dancers from the local community’

Ramesh Meyyappan
Scotland’s second commission, Snails and Ketchup by Ramesh Meyyappan, explores the turbulent relationships that prevail within dysfunctional families, inspired by Italo Calvino’s  ‘Baron in the Trees’.  This darkly comic tale poignantly highlights that despite familial love being unconditional, it is not always possible to exist within the same environment as those we hold dear.

The plight of the family members will be revealed in a solo performance that allows Ramesh to explore several character transitions using an eclectic range of physical/visual styles including: sign mime, movement, aerial and stilt work, bold storytelling and strong characterization.

Likewise Ramesh was overjoyed he told us ‘Its great that the panel for Unlimited Commissions, understood and appreciated the vision for Snails and Ketchup and want to see the project reach its potential. 

The commission will allow me to lead a project using the talents and skills of physical theatre practitioners based in Scotland to create a performance with high production values and demonstrate the potential and contributions deaf performers can make to this style of theatre. 

Unlimited encourages collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers, and mainstream organisations to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and produce work like never before.

Applications for the second round of commissions are now welcomed from disabled and deaf artists or disability arts groups wishing to create high quality work to form part of high profile showcase events across the UK. Further information on the application process can be found at www.london2012.com/unlimited.

The project is principally funded by the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

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