Case study: Touch Compass Dance Trust
20 May 2010
For Touch Compass Dance Trust, accessibility is not just about venues. It's about changing people's perceptions, attitudes and practices. It's about respecting individual differences and encouraging individual creativity.
As Professor Christopher Bannerman says in Making an Entrance: theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers (Adam Benjamin, 2001): “ … the central issue is the democratisation of dance practice and by implication society.”
The outcomes are performances where disabled and non-disabled dancers are equal contributors. Where venues are accessible to a wider audience, and where ticketing and marketing processes and practices are inclusive.
And, for audiences, there's a new respect for performing arts and individual differences.