Dance, disability and performance in north and east Sri Lanka: evaluating audience responses

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Abstract

People with disabilities1 in Sri Lanka have traditionally been marginalised and rarely seen in the public domain (LIYANAGE 2017, BASKARAN 2017). This chapter discusses how public dance performances might challenge existing attitudes towards disability.
I discuss performances that took place as part of Performing Empowerment, a research project that examined how combining dance
and human rights education might lead to greater legal empowerment for people with disabilities in Sri Lanka. The project ran between 2016-18. It was funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the Partnership for Crime, Conflict and Security (PaCCS).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExchanging, Moving, Translating
Subtitle of host publicationthoughts on dance and disability
EditorsCarla Vendramin, Hetty Blades, Kate Marsh, Sarah Whatley
PublisherCentre for Dance Research
Pages330-346
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-85-9489-179-2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2019

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    Exchanging, Moving, Translating: thoughts on dance and disability

    Vendramin, C. (ed.), Blades, H. (ed.), Marsh, K. (ed.) & Whatley, S. (ed.), 6 Aug 2019, Centre for Dance Research. 421 p.

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    Blades, H. (2019). Dance, disability and performance in north and east Sri Lanka: evaluating audience responses. In C. Vendramin, H. Blades, K. Marsh, & S. Whatley (Eds.), Exchanging, Moving, Translating: thoughts on dance and disability (pp. 330-346). Centre for Dance Research.