Jennie read and reviewed the newly released book, Dancing with Diana. Here is a bit of her review:
“Thoroughly enjoyed Dancing with Diana. I was appreciative of the way in which Diana’s story is interwoven with Alex’s story-I also deeply appreciated the first person narrative of a young man in a socially and physically non-cooperative body. For both, in the end, a story about being bullied. We are with him as he grows up and finds his authentic voice. A book in which there are multiple teachable moments within the pages.”
“The future Princess Diana dances for five minutes with a teenage boy in a wheelchair, an encounter that colors the rest of his life, though quickly forgotten by her. Alex’s story is told in counterpoint with Diana’s final day before her fatal accident in Paris. All day she tries to reach a friend in London, hoping to hear news that will bring a new direction to her life.”
Take a look at Dancing with Diana!
Every now and again a piece of theatre writing catches my attention, my history, and, perhaps, some reflection of my soul. The following post from HowlRound, is just such a piece.
Here is a profound piece of writing from Kaite O’Reilly. In a blog post entitled, Answering back and returning the gaze: Alternative Dramaturgies, she speaks of her work playwrighting disability:
How do we ‘write’ disability? Is it in the aesthetic, the narratives, the content, the form, or the bodies of the performers? This paper seeks to introduce ‘alternative dramaturgies, informed by a Deaf and disability perspective’, exploring some of the dramaturgical developments I have initiated as a playwright working within disability arts and Deaf culture since 1987. Alternative? To the mainstream, hearing, non-disabled perspective, and by ‘alternative dramaturgies’ I mean the processes, structures, content and form which reinvent, subvert or critique ‘traditional’ or ’conventional’ representations, narratives, and dramatic structures in performance
The folks at Bardo posted to update us on their collaboration with 100,000 Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change:
“The founders of 100,000 Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change are enthusiastically rolling forward. Founders Michael Rothenberg (poet and editor of Big Bridge Press and zine, and Terri Carrion, poet, writer and associate editor and visual designer of Big Bridge Press and zine, have pages set up for all participating organizations. THE BARDO GROUP event page is HERE. We take this opportunity to thank Michael and Terri for their vision and their work.
Michael and Terri have written:
“The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, activists to get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. It will be empowering.” MORE
Community, Collaboration, and Conservation Around the World shared this story of a highly influential British street artist changing the fate of a struggling boys club. A brief, inspiring read.
I’ve been remiss in posting. Truth is, I have been swamped with surgeries, each relatively minor and each requiring an extended period of recovery. I’ve also been working. Most recently I was on vacation. Continue reading
Here is a moving post from Kaiteoreilly. In dark times such as ours, the arts, services to marginalized folks, and basic human kindness often go out the proverbial window. Yet, somehow we keep making art. Maybe this has something to do with the needs of the soul.
In praise of theatre and collaboration
Making theatre can be life affirming, Sometimes when I collaborate with others, I realise how remarkable humans can be. At the great risk of sounding like some evangelising naïf who has just undergone a religious conversion, or taken too much MDMA, I have to say working with Gaitkrash, The Llanarth Group and Theatre P’Yut has been one of the most rich, harmonious and satisfying experiences of my working life
About three weeks ago my new scooter came. This marks yet another transition. Like most Polio’s, I gather, I was reluctant to begin using a scooter. Finally, after several years of coaxing from the Polio Clinic, I took the proverbial plunge. Continue reading
Here’s an intriguing post!
New Paddle Design Opens Kayaking to Seniors and People with Disabilities
Author: Angle Oar
Published: May 18, 2014 (Revised: May 18, 2014)
Author Contact Information: www.angleoar.com
Abstract: The paddle will open up kayaking to people with disabilities, senior citizens, amputees, anglers, children and novice kayakers who want to enjoy the sport without the physical exertion it normally entails.
“The Angle Oar, which has design elements of both a paddle and an oar, rests upon a centrally mounted post that sits on the floor of the kayak and absorbs the weight of the paddle.”
Detail: Until now, in order to kayak, a person had to have two fully functioning arms, strong back and core muscles, an absence of shoulder injuries, and cardiovascular endurance. Those preconditions have now been eliminated thanks to the introduction of a new “weightless” kayak paddle, called the Angle Oar.
Angle Oar, LLC, based in San Luis Obispo, CA, will soon begin offering a newly patented kayak paddle to marketplace. The paddle will open up kayaking to millions of new enthusiasts of varying ages and abilities, including people with physical disabilities, senior citizens, one arm amputees, kayak anglers, children and novice kayakers who want to enjoy the sport without the physical exertion it normally entails. “The Angle Oar is not intended to replace, improve upon or mimic a traditional kayak paddle. The stroke patterns and maneuverability are very different. Instead, it gives people who would never have been able to kayak, due to strength limitations or health conditions, the opportunity to do so,” said Meg McCall, president of Angle Oar.