Inclusive Acrobalance Training Residency

Inclusive Acrobalance Training Residency

We’re very happy to share some footage from our Inclusive Acrobalance Training Residency at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space in Newbury from last week. It was part of the development of a new show Look Mum, No Hands! in collaboration with Daryl Beeton Productions and The Spark Arts for Children. The training was co-facilitated by ParaCheer International coach Rick Rodgers.

It was so exciting and nourishing to have space to train, play and collaborate again!

Inclusive Acrobalance Training Residency


Scene from the Inclusive Acrobalance Reisdancy. Two women perform and acrobalance trick. One of them lies on her back with knees propped up, lifting the other woman's knees. The other woman , lifted in the air supports her hands on the first woman's knees. There are props grey and blue mats in the background and a wheelchair with an electric green frame.
Zelda Crew-Williams and Lina Johansson, image credit: Emily Nicholl, 2021

Jaide Annalise, Kat Ball, Zelda Crew-Williams, Maiya Leeke, Emily Nicholl, Nikki Rummer, Kate Stanforth, Freya Stokka
Co-facilitated by: Daryl Beeton, Lina Johansson, Rick Rodgers
Safety rigging by: Mel Stevens
Producer: Claire Horton
A special thank you to Personal Assistants: Tracy Stanforth and Beverly Crew
And thank you for the delicious food: Louise Glavin

About Look Mum No Hands:

Look Mum, No Hands!  is a tender story all about friendship and growing up. It explores a visually beautiful, and physically surprising, coming-of-age story about two friends testing their own boundaries. Together they explore freedom, taking risks and independence and how they change depending on if you’re Disabled, or not.

Risk is a sliding scale. What seems risky to you might feel comfortable to someone else. Yet, in order to grow we take small risks that push us a little further along that scale until, one day, the things we once thought were risky now feel like the norm. Look Mum, No Hands! playfully explores this idea of independence vs interdependence, vulnerability and strength, using striking physical imagery that will linger in people’s minds. 

Look Mum, No Hands! takes creative advantage of the fact that one of the characters uses a wheelchair to create new acrobatic shapes and choreographies that are original and unexpected. Using a combination of theatre, movement and acrobatics as a powerful narrative tool, the two friends play, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, until together they find the perfect balance of each of their limits.

To read more about the development of the production during and before the residency read Daryl Beeton’s blogpost.
For more information on the production: https://darylbeeton.com/look-mum-no-hands/

The R&D for ‘Look Mum, No Hands!’ is supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund. #Blueprint2021

Find out even more by watching this video where the collaborators share about Look Mum No Hands’ R&D process
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