What Words Can Do

Aiming to advance conversation and critical discourse around work with and by disabled artists, What Words Can Do commissions writers at different points in their practice, working in numerous contexts. Together they will generate new thinking, writing and actions, informed by performances in the UK that speak to worlds of dance and disability.

Writing from each contributor will be released throughout 2015 as the project evolves.

To date, performances seen include:

Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre
Claire Cunningham, Guide Gods. Michelle Ryan & Torque Show, Intimacy.
Marc Brew & Chisato Minamimura, Dance Double Bill.
Ian Johnston & Gary Gardiner, Dancer.

Dance Umbrella
Jerome Bel, Disabled Theater. Eduardo Fukushima, The Crooked Man.

=dance, Sadler’s Wells
Candoco Dance Company, Close Encounters

Our 2014-15 writers are

Nicola Conibere
Nicola Conibere is a choreographer. Her work explores the politics and practice of spectatorship, as well as experiences of collectivity and social gathering. She is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Coventry University. www.nicolaconibere.com

Kimberley Harvey
Kimberley Harvey is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her most recent work as a freelance performer was with dance theatre company, Moxie Brawl. As well as being a Candoco Artist, Kimberley also has her own dance company, Subtle Kraft Co.

Robert Hesp
Robert Hesp is a dancer, facilitator and live artist currently based in London. A graduate from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Robert creates and performs his own live art works across the country having presented work at venues such as the Roundhouse, Pleasance Theatre and V&A Museum.

Dr R Justin Hunt
Dr R Justin Hunt is a producer, performer and lecturer based in London. He teaches dance at the University of Lincoln and Sexuality Studies at Syracuse University, London. He is one-third of the performance production company I’m With You (www.imwithyou.me) and performs acts of live art, internationally.

Wendy Houstoun
Wendy Houstoun is a London based maker and performer of movement and text based theatre work. An established soloist also known for her collaborations with artists and other companies ( Forced Entertainment, DV8 Physical Theatre ) she continues to commit herself to experimental forms of theatre which speak honestly, personally and with humour to address her themes. http://idiotblogger.blog.com/