About the Project. “Dance laboratory” is the social art project being launched in Kaunas for people with disabilities from “Šviesos Dirbtuvėlės“ (Workshops of Light) community. Seeking artistic quality, we asked a large group of partners, volunteers and professional artists to join our project. Since the core of our activity is human, even when trying to increase the quality, we are following the principle that our project adapts to the needs of people disabilities and not vice versa.
“Jon (name is changed) likes to watch dancing, but until now it was unrealistic dream for him. He never even thought that he can dance. Now I see how amazing it is… he is way more relaxed. And it is noticeable for me and others. It seems he even regained some of the motion abilities…” - mother of “Dance laboratory” participant, who is suffering from cerebral palsy.
There are creative dance workshops in this project, led by professional dance Asta Brilingiene and volunteering youth from Lithuanian Sports University and Vytautas Magnus University. Also a theatrical dance performance is going to be built during the workshops, which will be introduced in November in Kaunas National Drama Theater. Dance theater “Aura”, choreographer Lina Puodziukaite, costume designer Janina Zibireva and others will help us build the performance.
Collected funds will be dedicated to cover the expenses of creative workshops project and dance performance: remuneration to the head of dance activities, dance performance scenography and costumes, tools to build the performance, travel and publicity expenses.
Self-expression and active participation in society – a human right ensured in United Nation’s (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Unfortunately, nowadays people with disabilities still have very limited opportunities to participate in creative artistic activities. Collaboration between organizations representing people with disabilities and professional artists remain sluggish and weak, and the representation of such art is very fragmented.
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