Performers With Disabilities: Designing A Future
May 26, 2016 Justin 0 Comments
Persons with disabilities often are viewed as helpless and powerless individuals and that their condition makes it impossible for them to find success with their endeavors. This social stigma has been around for quite some time giving them limited opportunities with regards to their chosen career paths. Many however, were able to prove that this negative perception was wrong with the increase of performers with disabilities who are performing regularly on stage.
A group of performers with intellectual disabilities have banded together to form a one of a kind performance that they are proud to share to the whole world. The people behind RUCKUS are aiming to explore how we as individuals navigate our busy lives and they want to do this in the stage with their performance. RUCKUS is a Sydney theatre ensemble for performers with disabilities and they have devised a contemporary performance combining storytelling, writing, movement and video entitled Speed of Life. People have also been very supportive with their endeavors following a successful crowdfunding campaign which made it possible for them to travel to Cambodia as part of a two-week exchange with a sister group.
Artists and performers with disabilities do come in great numbers and their respective issues did not hinder or stop them from reaching closer to their dreams. There has been indeed quiet a number of myths about disability that have been revolving around lately. These myths however, are slowly getting unraveled and exposed which help give these people the much needed spotlight that they rightfully deserves. One of the contributing factors were found in social media where online users are able to share news and articles from around the world in a timely and effectively manner As a result, one will not be finding any shortage of persons with disabilities who have shared and showcased their work and performance to the world.
Indeed, many artists with disabilities today are ready, willing and are able to share their talents and be part of the world stage. The IMDB page is filled to the brim with actors with disabilities who have been in the industry for quite some time and have also found success with their efforts . This includes the likes of Howie Mandel (Producer, Deal or No Deal), Montel Williams, Robert David Hall, Danny Woodburn, and who could forget Peter Dinklage who has been making a name for himself as the one who portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
It is good to hear that performers with disabilities are getting the much needed attention in the present. This goes a long way in encouraging others who share the same issues to showcase their talents to the world. With proper guidance and training we can see a very bright future for performers with disabilities and we can expect to see them more often in the stage.