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‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble
15 Nov 2014
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‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble (SWD) is an Alice Springs based performing arts group made up of new and emerging artists with disability.

The project aim is to support people with disability to build skills, create, collaborate and show self-devised performance art. The SWD project is overseen by local CACD organisation Incite Arts and supported by community partners Acacia Hill School and Life Without Barriers.

Incite Arts has produced Arts and Disability Arts Programs since 2005, nurturing and supporting relationships between mentoring artists, performers and disability service providers. The quality and quantity of time spent together has forged strong bonds of trust, creating a space in which to share stories and connect deeply with others.

Incite initiated the formation of SWD after the huge success of its community inclusive theatre production ‘Close to Me’ in 2011. The group is made up of a core of 11 people with disability who are female, male, aboriginal and non-aboriginal ranging from 18 to 52 years old.

After forming, SWD continued to work with 'Close to Me' director and mentor Kat Worth along with Incite mentoring artists, to produce their inaugural theatre work 'Somebody Everybody' in 2013.

The show was the result of a four-stage creative development process in 2012 and 2013. Beginning as an exploration of ‘home’, the work then expanded on the theme of ‘loss’, to explore all sorts of lost things like loved ones, pets and memories, and the sorts of things we all lose at some point in our lives.

Told through sound, dance, movement, props and visuals, 'Somebody Everybody' was extremely well received by audiences and enriched each participant’s performance experience, further inspiring the ensemble to devise and produce new bodies of work.

In 2014 key SWD ensemble members explored and developed their dance and creative arts practice through involvement in the short film project ‘Meet You at the Edge’. The use of digital arts in previous productions, particularly in ‘Somebody Everybody’ ignited interests in learning new art forms and has inspired the group to seek development opportunities to inform the creation of new multi-arts work.

This project has been proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

This project has been funded by the John N H Trust, managed by Perpetual

The project has been assisted by Arts Access Australia, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts funding and the Regional Arts Fund, in partnership with the Northern Territory Government.
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