Clarence Valley Council is excited to announce a program of inclusive workshops, exhibitions and performances in partnership with Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, Grafton Regional Gallery, and the Plunge Arts & Culture festival.
Sprung!! is a registered NDIS provider offering diverse classes to people of varying abilities and disabilities around Australia.
The first event will be a community dance workshop on 20 November in Grafton with members of Sprung!!
During this introduction to dance and theatre skills, participants will experience a day of dance, connection, fun and creative expression.
In March 2022, the Grafton Regional Gallery will present Awakenings: The Making of ‘Things Impossible’, a collaboration between Sprung!! and Sydney artist Andrew Christie.
First shown at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in 2021, this exhibition is an extensive body of work which culminated in a sold-out production at NORPA Lismore in 2020. The exhibition will be on display from 19 March to 24 April 2022.
Mr Christie said the exhibition “shows themes of belonging, love, identity, self-expression and deals with issues around disability and ableist societies.”
Then, as part of the annual Plunge Art & Culture Festival in April 2022, the Sprung!! dancers will perform an adaptation of their acclaimed French Café performance – a celebration of human foibles where nobody speaks the same language and absurd is the order of the day.
Sprung!!’s Executive Director Liz Terracini said they were delighted to partner with the Clarence Valley Council Plunge Art & Culture Festival and the Grafton Regional Gallery to bring such a comprehensive program from workshops to performances to the Clarence Valley.
“Our dancers are looking forward to engaging with the local community and sharing their love of dance and theatre, to encourage others with disabilities to join them,” Ms Terracini said.
Members of the Clarence Valley community can take part in the program by joining a workshop or participating as a member of the audience for these inspiring performances.
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Tickets are available now for the community workshop in November by emailing [email protected]
People of all abilities are welcome, and families and friends are encouraged to attend. Ticket prices range from $50 for the afternoon to $110 for a full-day session and can be fully invoiced to an NDIS plan.
Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre is a not for profit and community-based organisation providing workshops and specialised dance and theatre training for people with disabilities.
Under the Artistic Direction of Michael Hennessy (ex-Sydney Dance Company), the Senior Dance Program has been providing dance and theatre training to experienced and committed dancers with a disability for more than 6 years.
The Sprung!! ensemble has developed 4 new full-length works, two of which have been finalists for the 2017 and the 2018 Australian Dance Awards for outstanding community dance.