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Sins Invalid Workshop

May 28th Workshop:

Disability Justice: Re-envisioning the Revolutionary Body

Patty Berne from Sins Invalid will be sharing ideas, practices and experiences around Disability Justice.

Friday May 28, 2021
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time
Online on Zoom
Free

Please register and note access needs by May 24th.

It will be a mix of presentation, small group discussion in break-out rooms, and questions/ conversation in the big group.

Sign language interpreters and transcribers are available. Please request ASL interpretation and captioning prior to May 24th by filling in the registration form, or by emailing Joanne@CreativeMoment.im or texting 1-250-812-2501.

The workshop is hosted by the InterdepenDance Collective, who dance and collaborate mostly in Lekwungen lands and virtually.

To register:

Here is the link to register for May 28th. (https://forms.gle/YMJtVpYY5iypynyB9)

Alternative methods to register are by email (Joanne@CreativeMoment.im) or phone (text/ voice: 1-250-812-2501).

Space is limited so that participants can connect as a smaller community.

The Zoom information will be emailed a couple of days in advance of the workshop.

The event is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


Resources for an overview of Disability Justice:

Click here for a few text versions of Sins Invalid’s 10 Principles of Disability Justice.

Below is an ASL vlog about Sins Invalid’s 10 Principles of Disability Justice:

Monday afternoons online

Free online sessions:
All Abilities Dance with Joanne

Mondays 1:45pm-2:30pm (PST)
Through the LifeStreams online hub, open to local communities.

Move in new ways, release tension, and connect in community.

There will be guided dance improvisation activities, encouraging each person to choose how they feel like moving and interacting, in the ways that work for them. There is no wrong move, and no prior dance experience is needed.

To register:

For each date you would like to attend, please go to the link below and click on RSVP on the LifeStreams website (RSVP separately for each date):

There is also a text box on the event pages for noting any access needs you would like the facilitator to know about. If you have questions for the facilitator, be in touch.

After you RSVP, a Zoom link for each date will be sent to your email. If you don’t see an email (e.g. from WordPress wordpress@lifestreams.cawith the subject “Your tickets from LifeStreams,” try looking in a Spam folder or Updates tab in your email.

COVID-19 Safety Plan for Creative Momentum

December update:

Due to BC’s health order suspending indoor group physical activities like dance classes, in-person programs are paused, until the BC government announces it is no longer suspended.

This winter is focused on online opportunities to connect and be creative.


November update:

Currently, all programs are in collaboration with partner organizations that have detailed safety plans and protocols that we are following.

Current in-person sessions are with groups who are already full-time cohorts or who live at the same location. Each host organization’s staff maintain lists of participants for contact tracing.

The following protocols have been developed based on orders and guidance issued by the provincial health officer and WorkSafeBC, as well as paying attention to peer-reviewed studies about how COVID-19 transmits.


General protocols to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Work-from-home:
    • When possible, working from home and teaching online through video platforms.
  • Physical distancing:
    • Participants and facilitators are spaced at least 2.5 metres apart when dancing, with the facilitator further apart when possible. The size of groups has been reduced.
    • Most in-person groups are remaining seated in one spot during classes, which maintains the physical distance throughout the session.
    • For studio sessions, each participant has a designated area taped on the floor (at least 2.5 meters squared) in which they can move about, to maintain physical distancing with other participants. When a dancer is participating with an attendant or support person, they have a larger designated area.
  • Ventilation:
    • During the warm season, sessions take place outdoors when possible. Please bring layers and dress for the weather.
    • For indoor sessions, windows and/or doors are opened for ventilation when possible. Please bring warm layers.
  • Reducing droplets:
    • Participants are reminded to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Music volume has been lowered so that talking does not need to be loud.
    • During the pandemic, singing is avoided at in-person sessions (only virtual sessions online welcome singing along to songs).
  • Masks:
    • For indoor sessions, masks that cover the mouth and nose are worn, except when located at least 2 metres apart and eating or drinking. BC’s exemptions for wearing a mask: people with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one, people who cannot remove a mask on their own, and children under the age of 12.
    • If a participant needs to see the facilitator’s face for speechreading, then physical distancing and ventilation is increased and a face shield is worn if a clear mask is not available.
  • Hygiene:
    • Frequent hand hygiene, including hand washing or sanitizing before and after sessions.
    • Everyone is encouraged to bring a full water bottle and arrive wearing their dance clothes. Please keep any bag or personal items in a designated spot.
  • Props:
    • During the pandemic, most dance prop use is on pause.
    • When props are used, each participant has their own prop that is not shared.  Props are sanitized and generally quarantined for at least 14 days between use.
  • Cleaning:
    • Partner organizations and host venues have detailed cleaning and sanitizing protocols for their venues.

 


Policy regarding symptoms of COVID-19

Facilitators, collaborators and participants who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed in-person at sessions. For example: 

If anyone at a session starts to feel ill: the person with symptoms should report to first aid (even with mild symptoms), wash or sanitize their hands, be provided with a mask, and isolate until they are able to go straight home (or seek medical attention if severely ill). Clean and disinfect any surfaces that the person with symptoms has come into contact with, and ventilate the room.

*This policy uses text copied from WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan template.


These pandemic protocols and policy will continue to be updated based on BC public health orders and new information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.

Invite to Community Dance Artists Gathering

Independent Contemporary Dance Artists and Creators on the south island, you are invited to an online gathering about sustaining our creative practices as we go forward at this time of Covid.

Meeting on Zoom, we will check in, meet new folks, see some familiar faces, share ideas and build connections.

If you’re interested in joining:
1) Let us know what times could work for you June 14/ 15/ 16 by filling in this doodle poll.
AND
2) Send your email address to ConstanceCooke@shaw.ca so we can send you the details in a week or so once the date of the gathering is confirmed.

This gathering is focused on dance artists in Victoria in the homelands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, as well as on the south island (south of Duncan) and southern gulf islands, such as artists living and working in the homelands of the BOḰEĆEN/ Pauquachin, Diitiid7aa7tx/ Ditidaht, Esquimalt/ Xwsepsum, Halalt, Lake Cowichan, Lyackson, Málexeł/ Malahat, Pacheedaht, Penelakut, Quw’utsun/ Cowichan, Sc’ianew, Songhees, SȾÁUTW/ Tsawout, Stz’uminus, T’Sou-ke, W̱JOȽEȽP/ Tsartlip, and W̱SIḴEM/ Tseycum Nations.

This gathering is for dancers and creators to come together. Artists who also work as presenters, producers or funders are invited to attend in the role of dancer/ creator.

If there are access practices that would support you in participating, please contact Joanne@CreativeMoment.im . ASL interpretation and captioning are dependent on availability of interpreters and transcribers.

This online meeting is being co-hosted by Connie Cooke and Joanne Cuffe.

Warm regards,

Connie and Joanne

Online opportunities

Colleagues on the west coast of Turtle Island are offering awesome sessions online this Spring. This post has links to a few classes. Times are for the Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Daylight Time / UTC−07:00).

On this page:
Land-based livestreams
All abilities dance classes (updated in late May)
Mainstream dance classes
Dance-making prompts
Dance videos
Queer Disability peer-facilitated groups
Events in April (not updated)


Land-based livestreams:

Open Space held an online / on land series of talks at different sites within Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ territories in April and May, to spend time with and learn from local Indigenous artists, educators, and knowledge keepers. Online / on land series video recordings.


All abilities dance classes:

This list focuses on organizations with disability leadership on the west coast.

Dance for All Bodies (based in the US, Bay Area) is hosting online dance classes, including:
Friday May 29: Diaspora Dance Class for All Abilities with Alicia Langlais.
Saturday May 30: Urban Jazz Dance Company Class with Antoine Hunter.
Friday June 5: All Abilities Beginner Flamenco Workshop with Clara Rodriguez.
Sundays June 7, 14, 21, 28: Salsa Class for All Abilities with JanpiStar.
Tuesday June 9: DanceAbility Class with India Harville.
Saturday June 13: Brazilian Dance Class with Stephanie Bastos.
Details about Dance for All Bodies classes.

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture has two dance workshops during its Still, Life: A Digital Festival:
Tuesday June 2nd at 1pm: Dancing for Well-Being with Joanne Cuffe.
Friday June 5th at 1pm: Move and Connect with Harmanie Rose and All Bodies Dance Project.

Weekdays (Monday-Friday) at 10:30am-11:30am (PDT):
AXIS Dance Company is offering physically integrated dance classes online via Zoom. The schedule is posted for the current week and next week. The class cost is $0, $5 or $10, and requires pre-registering. Details and to register for AXIS Company Classes.

Wednesdays until the end of May, from 2:30pm-3:15pm (PDT):
Dance Together at Home: Creative Movement for people with and without disabilities facilitated by Sarah Bourne. Free. On Zoom. Details about Wednesdays with Sarah are on the Exploration Dance website.

Thursdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm (PDT):
A Low-Impact, Seated Dance Fitness Class offered by Embrace Arts. Free on Zoom. Details about Thursdays Dance Fitness are on the Embrace Arts website.

Saturdays until June 13th, from 10:00am-11:30am (PDT):
All Bodies Dance Project Saturday morning series, open to anyone and everyone.


Mainstream dance classes:

There are upcoming mainstream dance classes listed on the Dancing Alone Together website (and a daily list of classes posted to the Dancing Alone Together Instagram), and a list of online mainstream dance classes by studios in Canada on the Dance Current website. There are daily gaga classes online, and with Toronto gaga teachers. Margie Gillis is offering classes Wednesday mornings until June 3rd.


Dance-making prompts:

Dancing Alone Together has a list of projects with prompts for creating dance, such as #QuarantineShorts Instagram creation prompts from Jerron Herman (@JerronHerman)  & Alice Sheppard (@WheelchairDancr).


Dance videos:

If you’ve got some extra time these days, check out this resource page of dance videos, as well as interviews with artists about dance from decolonial, Deaf, and cross-disability perspectives. There are links to videos of dancers based on six continents, with a focus on the west coast of Turtle Island.


Queer Disability peer-facilitated groups:

Chronically Queer provides a welcoming, supportive environment where LGBTQIA2S+ identified people living with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities can come together and share what is happening in their lives. The group is meeting online regularly.

QueerAbilities Victoria is a group of individuals who identify somewhere on the LGBTTQ+ spectrum and who are also living with a disability, either diagnosed or not. The group is connecting on Zoom on Mondays from 3:30pm-5:00pm (PDT).


Events in April:

Open Access Workshop: Organizing Accessibility from the Grassroots with Carmen Papalia, Friday April 17, 1pm-3pm (PDT), organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Free. Details and to register for the April 17 Open Access Workshop.

Justice Brunch! A Sunday series featuring Queer Disabled BIPOC Brilliance, hosted by the Disability Justice Culture Club. Sundays April 19, 26, May 3, 10 from 1pm-4pm (PDT): Details about the Sunday Justice Brunch series.

Sins Invalid’s Crip Bits presents: Va-Va-Voom: A Crip Dance Party! Monday April 20th,  6:00pm-7:30pm (PDT) in Sins Invalid’s Zoom room. Pre-registering required. Details and to register for the Crip Dance Party.

Unsettling Dramaturgy: Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration, TBC: April 20 and 30. The series addresses approaches to, and practices in online convening that centre unsettling, decolonization, indigenization, and disability justice in process design. Details will be on the Unsettling Dramaturgy page.

Disability Organizing in the Age of Covid-19: Medical Rationing, Eugenics, and the Precarity of Mutual Aid, Tuesday April 21, 4pm (PDT), hosted by Lydia X. Z. Brown and Georgetown University’s Disability Studies Program. Details about the April 21 Webinar and link for registering by the 19th. Previous event: Webinar on Disability Justice and Decolonization, Tuesday April 14.

Online meditation retreat with Anuskha Fernandopulle on Staying Grounded During the Pandemic, Friday April 24 to Saturday April 25, hosted by the BC Insight Meditation Centre. Details and to register for Anushka’s meditation retreat.

The Accessibility of Victoria’s Arts Scene: Community Conversations hosted online by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Part 1 is Monday April 27, and Part 2 is Wednesday May 13.

Webinar on Disability Justice and covid-19, Thursday April 30, 6pm-8pm (PDT) on Zoom, organized by Kwekwecnewtxw – Coast Salish Watch House, Stand.earth, and Moishe House Vancouver. Details about the April 30 Webinar at 6pm.

Co-Facilitating Cross-Disability Dance (workshop)

Workshop with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers:

Friday February 28th, 2pm-5pm
at sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Library Branch in Lekwungen homelands.
(sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ  is the Lekwungen name for James Bay and is pronounced s-hweng hw-ung tongue-oo-hw.)

Address: 385 Menzies Street (behind the Legislature).
Room: The workshop is in the Dr. Elmer Seniemten George Community Room.


On this page:
Description
Access notes
Facilitator bios
Event supporters


Description (/DisCripShone):

Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers will be coming to town, to share ideas around disability leadership, co-facilitation and social justice approaches in dance.

Topics will likely include: anti-oppressive trauma-informed practices, addressing group dynamics, disrupting ableist gaze in performance, and tips for coordinating dance projects.

The format will be informal, with a mix of presentation, conversation, and some movement.

This peer-led workshop is by and for dancers with lived experience of disability/ chronic illness/ mental health considerations/ neurodivergence, and people who experience barriers in dance.

Please do not use scented or fragranced products before coming to the workshop.

To register: contact Joanne with the Subject: “Feb. 28 registration,” and include your contact info and any access requests.


Access notes:
  • The workshop is free.
  • The venue is mobility accessible, with button doors at entrances, and there are two gender-neutral single-stall washrooms.
  • Please be in touch if there are specific access details you would like to know, or if you have allergies or access needs you would like the organizers to know about.
  • Interpreting, transcribing, describing and access buddies are dependent on availability. Please request these services by February 24th. (We are waiting to hear back about interpreters and transcribers’ availability.)
  • Bus routes: the closest bus stops are for the #2, #3, and #10 buses. The venue is near the Legislature Terminal, including buses #50 and #75.

Facilitator Bios:

Lindsay Eales is a queer, Mad, settler, who has been co-leading crip dance communities and creating and performing crip and Mad choreography for fifteen years. She is also a certified occupational therapist who works to transform exclusive spaces rather than ‘fixing’ excluded people. Eales recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, researching how to create more accessible and affirming dance and movement spaces for people who have experiences with trauma, mental illness, and mental distress.

Danielle Peers is a queer, non-binary disabled settler, as well as a dancer, filmmaker, and researcher. They collaborate with folks who experience multiple barriers to accessible, affirming and meaningful movement practices (including art, sport, recreation, and spiritual movement practices) in order to collectively imagine and spark change. They are currently a Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures at the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, as well as an independent artist.


Event supporters:

The workshop is organized by the InterdepenDance Collective and Creative Momentum.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Made in BC- Dance on Tour, and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Logo for Canada Council for the Arts

Describing Dance: invite to collab on collective access

Dear disability, dance and media arts communities,

The InterdepenDance Collective is looking for volunteers to help increase access to dance. 

Currently there are very few audio described dance videos on the internet, even among dance companies who aim to be inclusive and accessible.

We invite you to learn to create (amateur) audio descriptions for (fantastic!) dance video excerpts.

Do you have at least 6 hours available sometime in 2020? We’re looking for people to record audio descriptions of key visual elements of dance videos sometime this year. As we are collaborating online, colleagues beyond the island are warmly invited, and encouraged, to join in.

Descriptions can be created collaboratively – within a team there would need to be someone who is sighted, someone who is hearing, and someone who speaks or uses a communication device with audio output. Raising funds to hire consultants from local blind and disability communities is encouraged.

Here’s a draft web page with links to video excerpts to choose from for creating descriptions – please keep the draft web page secret for now!

To sign up to help out with creating audio descriptions, send an email to Joanne, who will add your email to the collaborative describing email list.


Below on this page:
Describing dance options
Details for how to contribute a basic audio description
Resources – examples of described dance


Describing dance options

There are different approaches available for describing dance. Some examples are: narrating physical actions, metaphor, poetry, storytelling, multiple people’s voices to each represent a different dancer, soundscapes, layering of different styles, and option of tactile describing (in person at events). There are examples from Kinetic Light, as well as All Bodies Dance Project and VocalEye’s Translations project, of different describing techniques in the resources section below.

Each person or team creating a description can use the style/s that seem to fit with a particular video, or that they are most comfortable with.

Here is an ideal context for adding audio description to videos:

  • Choose a video that resonates with the experiences, identities or art practices of the people describing. A few examples: an Indigenous dancer describing Indigenous dancers’ work, a queer dancer who uses mobility tools describing a piece by a queer dancer who uses mobility tools, and a flamenco dancer describing a flamenco piece.
  • Raise funds to hire the video’s main artist or dancer, as well as artistic consultants from blind and disability communities, to co-create the audio description.
  • If this is not possible, could collaborate in pairs or as a small group on a draft audio description, and pay consultants to review and recommend edits to the description.
  • If funds are not available to pay consultants, then create a draft audio description and share it with the collaborative describing email list inviting feedback.

How to contribute:

Details for creating a basic audio description:

  1. Be in touch to have your email added to the collaborative describing email list and online “Describing videos” folder, which includes a “Describing videos sign-up” document (that shows which videos don’t have anyone signed up yet for describing), and a shared “Describing ideas” document.
  2. Watch a few videos that don’t have anyone signed up yet, then pick which video/s you’re comfortable creating a description for. (Please note the video excerpt start and end times.)
  3. Let the group know which video excerpt you’re going to describe:
    -either add your name next to the name of the video on the “Describing videos sign-up” google-document, or send a note to the email list (or contact Joanne).
  4. Prepare:
    -Watch the video a few times.
    -If you are new to describing cross-disability dance and dancers using mobility tools and using gender-neutral language when pronouns aren’t known, then please draft the description first (either a written script or audio draft) to share with the collaborative describing email list for any suggested edits.
    -To find out how an artist describes themself and what pronouns the dancers use, please look up the artist’s website, a recent interview, or under the video title select the down arrow to see what they wrote in their video description.
    -If you have financial resources, hire artistic consultants from local blind and disability communities to collaborate.
    -Do a test of using your audio recording program (and microphone if not built-in to the device), test the volume of your voice when recorded, and check if the recording gets saved as an mp3 or m4a file.
  5. Possibly record an audio introduction to the video excerpt:
    -IF providing context prior to the video excerpt seems important (such as for a quick or busy video or group piece), create a short audio introducing the video: read out any text from the start of the video (such as video title and artist name); if relevant could include a one-sentence bio from the company or artist’s website or artist statement about the piece; and “set the stage” by briefly describing the setting and introducing the dancers and theme.
    -Name this file with the Video Name – audio intro. (for example: Musa Motha – audio intro.mp3)
  6. Record an audio description of the video excerpt:
    -In between dialogue and important audio, describe the visual elements of the video, such as key movements, relationships, body language, tone, setting, costumes or regalia, and scene changes. Also read out on-screen text such as important captions that have not been spoken, and video credits.
    -Please try to start the video excerpt playing and the audio recording at the same time if possible – could have someone assist if this is tricky.
    -for recording if video is on YouTube:
    Either record your verbal description without the video audio in the background (listen to video with headphones) and name this file Video Name – description (for example: Musa Motha – description.mp3), OR, add the audio description directly to YouDescribe.
    -for recording if video is on Vimeo:
    play the video excerpt on one device (e.g. computer) with video audio playing in the background, and on another device (e.g. smartphone) record audio of you verbally describing the video. Name this file with the Video Name – video description (for example: Musa Motha – video description.mp3). Or if tech-savvy, record and save as two audio tracks then also save a combined version.
    -(Totally optional: If you’re feeling ambitious, you could choose to create an audio description for the whole video instead of just the excerpt. This is potentially more useful to the artist.)
  7. Upload the file:
    -Save the files as mp3 (or .m4a) audio files and upload it to the collaborative “Describing videos” online folder (or email it to Joanne).

If anyone has tips, suggestions, concerns or ideas, please do be in touch!

Once audio descriptions for video excerpts are ready, it will be uploaded to a resource web page alongside video excerpt links. (We hope to also have a transcript of captioning from the January 25th event available afterwards, in case anyone would like to learn to create captions for uncaptioned videos, such as through the Amara website.)


Resources – examples of described dance:

From Kinetic Light’s website about the Audimance app they are developing: “What if your audio description experience offered you choices—different styles of description, soundscapes, poetry, prose? What if you could listen to dance as an aural artistic experience and not just someone’s description of the experience?”

All Bodies Dance Project- Translations Part 2 video has examples of various styles – tactile describing, narrating body movements, metaphor, story, layering of styles.

DESCENT by Kinetic Light audio described teaser

Dancing Disability 2019 Short Doc [Audio Described] – example of traditional audio description, for a documentary with describing between spoken dialogue, and excerpts of dancing

Bangarra Dance Theatre Education Resource (with Audio Description) –  describer allows pauses and a sense of rhythm between describing, but please note that this description is very binary gendered – unless you know the specific pronouns that a dancer uses, please use gender-neutral pronouns such as they/ them/ their.

Article by Naomi Brand – Translations: A research project for blind and partially sighted viewers

Otherwise by Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales (described and captioned) – example of embedded poetic audio description, that goes for a crip aesthetic practice of audio description

Unspoken Spoken – a dance film from Candoco Dance Company (Audio Described version)

Article by Maribel Steel: Why Go to See Live Theatre if You are Blind?

Article: This is what accessibility sounds like (James Dinneen: Brooklyn Rail, Sept 2019), which includes an example of a tone poem.

There is an example of a text description of INCLINATIONS after the Teaser Video on Alice’s page about the film.

Article by Ria Andriani: I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works.

Samples of Audio Description (not of dance) from the Audio Description Project

If you come across examples of audio described disability-focused dance videos, feel free to send the link.

Which styles of dance description are you interested in?

Greetings,

This note invites input about what styles of dance and live describing you are interested in.

First, we would like to introduce our group. The InterdepenDance Collective is passionate about collective access and growing connections among communities.

We are organizing inclusive dance workshops and events with live describing. Because describing dance is different than theatre audio description, it’s a learning curve for us. Below are three questions we want to ask local communities:

  1. When attending dance performances, what styles of dance are you most interested in? (perhaps list 3 or 4 styles)
  2. What approaches to dance describing do you think might appeal to you most as an audience member: metaphor, technical narration of physical actions, option of tactile describing, storytelling, soundscapes, layering different styles, all of the above?
  3. As a participant in a dance workshop, what styles of dance description do you think you would be most interested in: metaphor, technical narration of physical actions, option of tactile describing, storytelling, soundscapes, all of the above?

The InterdepenDance Collective is excited to connect with more people interested in described dance. If you have any questions or would like to connect, contact Tiffany by email at embrace.arts.victoria@gmail.com or Joanne by phone at 250-812-2501.

Dance Films January 25th

The InterdepenDance Collective invites you to join us for:

Integrated Dance Films

Saturday January 25th, 2020

 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Free!

At FLUX Media Gallery

821 Fort Street, on the ancestral land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People.


About the event

This event is to introduce the public to mixed-ability dance and dance from disability perspectives.

As well, the event is a chance for dancers who experience disability to come together and experience the work of colleagues in other cities.

Films and video will include work by artists such as Alice Sheppard, Danielle Peers, Geoff McMurchy, All Bodies Dance Project, and Embrace Arts. There will be video excerpts of dance artists based on six continents, with a focus on the West Coast of Turtle Island.

Please do not use any scented or fragranced products before coming to the event.

Photo of nine dancers huddled together, crouched and seated, attentively staring to the left.
Photo from All Bodies Dance Project. Photo credit: Erik Zennstrom.

Optional snacks

Feel free to bring a snack to share, with a list of ingredients (large print or size 18 font). Please avoid bringing common allergens (i.e. No nuts, peanuts, shellfish, wheat, gluten, milk/cow dairy). Thank-you!


Please RSVP

Here is the event RSVP form. Space is limited.

An alternative way to RSVP is by contacting Joanne.


Access notes

Accessible washrooms for all genders are available next door at the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

The Flux Media Gallery entrance is level off of Fort Street. The door is not automatic, so there will be a volunteer near the door available to open it.

Please request interpreting, captioning and describing by January 20th:
-A sign language interpreter is available.
-Captioning and transcribing are confirmed.
-Audio description: Some of the videos have audio description available. There will be live describing for the remaining videos, by artists who are learning to describe dance. Audience members can choose which styles of live describing they would like (for example, narrating physical movements, metaphor, optional tactile describing, layering styles).

For other questions and access requests, contact Joanne or include it when you RSVP.


To watch the videos after the event:

In case joining in person does not work, a webpage will be available after the event with links to many of the videos shown at the event. The webpage with links will be shared on the integrated dance south island listserv. To join the listserv, connect by email.


To help spread the word:

Link to Facebook event page

Link to event Poster


To volunteer:

There are volunteer roles available: greeter (and available to assist with the door), describing team, childminding, set up and clean-up. Please sign up on the RSVP form.


Upcoming events

The film event is in advance of the Integrated Dance Forum on Sunday February 16th, and an Introduction to Inclusive Choreography with All Bodies Dance Project on Friday February 14th.


Event supporters and partners

This event is organized by the InterdepenDance Collective, in partnership with MediaNet, Victoria Disability Resource Centre, Creative Momentum and Embrace Arts.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. This project is made possible, in part, with the collaboration and support of Made in BC-Dance on Tour.

Dance Celebration December 9th

The All Abilities Dance Group invites peers to join us:

Winter Celebration

Monday December 9th

from 11:00am-11:45am

at the Garth Homer Auditorium.

The group is creating a winter-themed dance to share Dec. 9th. The Nigel dance group will share a very brief dance as well.

After this there will be a dance party open to anyone who would like to join in!

Please send song requests and RSVP numbers to Joanne@creativemoment.im by December 6th.

If you arrive before 11:00am, feel free to find a spot in the audience. Please do not interrupt the group dancing (they have a rehearsal from 10:45-11:00am).

Please note that there might be photo and video documentation of the All Abilities Dance Group’s dance. If anyone in the audience does not want to accidentally be in video or photos, please sit towards the back or sides of the audience. Thank-you.