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Sept 27th - Oct 6th

arts festival

Cover Photo: Mustafa Sabbagh

Introduction Bounce! is the annual festival produced by the Arts & Disability Forum. It showcases outstanding new creative work by skilled writers, directors, actors, dancers and musicians who are disabled/deaf. Though events are as disability/ deaf accessible as possible,Bounce! is for everyone with an open mind, an appreciation of talent and a sense of humour. Expect new experiences and stories that are that little bit different. Thanks from the ADF’s staff and trustees to the artists, venue staff, funders, freelancers, volunteers and other supporters that have helped to make the festival happen. There are too many of you to list but we love you!

Tickets and age ranges Bounce! has been enjoyed by people from as young as 5 and as old as 85. The + sign on each event tells you the lowest age we recommend but you can also talk to us to find out more and we’d prefer you to get in touch before booking workshops. You can buy tickets online via our website or Facebook. If buying online doesn’t suit you, call in at the ADF Gallery, phone or email us. And if all else fails buy on the door! You’ll find full contact details for venues on the next few pages of this brochure. For in-depth information on artists, links and more details about workshops, please visit our website.

Arts & Disability Forum Ground Floor Cathedral Quarter Workspaces 109 - 113 Royal Avenue Belfast BT1 1FF

Email: Tel: 028 9023 945

artsanddisabilityforum @adf011 3


Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) (See previous page) Crescent Arts Centre 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH (028) 9024 2338 Brian Friel Theatre & Studio 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1NN Entrance from street is via same front door as Queen’s Film Theatre. Look for Bounce! publicity display. (028) 9024 5133 The Spectrum Centre Shankhill Road, Belfast BT13 3AA (028) 9050 4555 Belfast City Hall Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS (028) 9032 0202 The MAC 10 Exchange St. West, Belfast BT1 2NJ (028) 9023 5053

Europa Hotel Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7AP (028) 9027 1066

Accessibility Bounce! activities are as accessible as we can make them. We offer the following: • Accessible entrances • Lifts to all floors

• Additional designated parking at Queen’s University • Accessible toilets

• Access dogs welcome

• Free carer seats for those needing essential assistance

• Audio description, signing and captioning available on request. Please contact ADF to arrange.

Tell us what you need and we’ll try!

Opening Music Celebration

The Big Bouncy Hummm of Harmony Wed 27th Sept 12 noon Belfast City Hall Lawn FREE / Donation All Ages Disabled/deaf people and allies join three disability related choirs, Open Arts Choir, Sing for Life and Singing for the Brain, to form a circular harmonic hummm of positivity outside City Hall, marking the opening of Bounce! 2017. There will be a lunchtime street collection to help with Bounce! Festival’s disability / deaf access costs.


The Journey Wed 27th Sept 5 - 7pm launch 28th - 30th Sept 10am-5pm Crescent Arts Centre FREE / Donation All Ages Marking the start of a new collaboration between the Arts & Disability Forum and Fleming Fulton, a school with a reputation for nurturing creativity amongst its pupils.



UK Premiere

Helen Hall

Inside the Speaker Wed 27th Sept & Thurs 28th Sept 7.30pm Touch Tours 6.45pm Brian Friel Theatre 60 mins £8 16 +

Photo: Joe Fox

Step inside the speaker to experience dance and music differently, with partially sighted dancer and choreographer Helen Hall. A beautifully intimate and provocative solo performance that will challenge the way you experience the world. Book in advance - numbers limited. See page 21 for Helen Hall workshop. Contains a short section with flashing lights and loud music. Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, with funding from Spirit of 2012. Earlier stages supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland through ACES. Lighting Simon Bird Sound Chris Dickson Dramaturge Hanna Slatne Project manager Sheena Kelly Touch tour provider Kate Ingram Creative & production support Maiden Voyage


Visual Arts & Performance

UK Premiere

Grotesque Launch with performance art Thurs 28th Sept 7-9pm then 29th Sept to 6th Oct 11am - 4pm

With a focus on stereotypes, Greek performance artist Katerina Fanouraki provokes, mocks, challenges and breaks down social, ethical, sexual and economic conventions. Her influences come not only from performance art but from contemporary dance.

ADF Gallery FREE/Donation

Launch night Performance has adult themes and is strictly 16 +

Photo: Mustafa Sabbagh


16 +

Physical Theatre

UK Premiere

Kids in Control Blue Chevy

Rubix Cube Messy Dimensions Sun 1st Oct 5.30pm & 6.30pm Brian Friel Studio £5 16 + 45 mins “I want to show how hard it is for a disabled person to notice that they have a mental health problem when they don’t know what that is.” An ensemble exploration of mental health issues as experienced by young disabled artist Nikki McLaughlin. Expect dynamic, imaginative and provocative physical theatre. Blue Chevy is Kids in Control’s adult project, developing all-ability professional theatre practice. Book in advance - number limited. Blue Chevy Creative Team: David Calvert, Linda Fearon and Jade Hale

Celtic Voyage


Sat 30th Sept 2pm

Europa Hotel Piano Bar £5 16 + 25 mins A live original music piece reflecting on emigrant journeys from this island to the USA & Canada, composed by Marie-Thérèse Davis and performed by local musicians. Traditional set with guest appearance by Julie McNamara. 9

Dance Theatre

NI Premiere

Blink Dance Theatre

Four Corners Sat 30th Sept 7.30pm ÂŁ8

Brian Friel Theatre 55 mins 16 +

Travelling to NI after a sell-out run elsewhere in the UK, this show weaves together dance, original live music and storytelling. Audiences step inside the lives of four strangers as their worlds begin to tangle out of control. Blink pushes the boundaries of inclusive theatre, exploring identity against a backdrop of vibrant colours, bespoke beats and soundscapes. See page 20 for Blink workshop. Performer & Choreographer Delson Weekes Performer & Choreographer Vicki Hawkins Performer & Director Kat Gill Performer & Director Francis Majekodunm Performer & Sound Artist Mat Hawkins Set and Costume Designer Ruta Irbite Artistic Enabler & Production Manager Rachel Gildea Dramaturge Mentor Mojisola Adebayo


Visual Arts

25 Year Celebration

Open Arts

28th Sept to 17th Oct 10am-7pm MAC Common Room FREE / Donation All Ages

40 members of Open Arts’ three visual art groups took part in guided tours of ‘Lost in Narration’, a major exhibition guest-curated by Manuela Pacella at the MAC. Open Arts participants then responded to this work, creating their own exuberant exhibition to celebrate 25 years of Open Arts. 12


Family Friendly

The Big Bouncy

Cabaret Party

with Caroline Parker & Julie McNamara Sat 30th Sept 9pm

Brian Friel Theatre 1hr 30 mins £8 16 +

Songs like you’ve never seen them! Caroline Parker makes music accessible to deaf people and sign language accessible to hearing people, rendering well-known recorded songs in combined sign, dance and mime. Joining Caroline is the inimitable Julie McNamara, director, writer, actor and raconteur. The night includes sign song guest slots for local deaf divas. See details of workshops related to both events on page 20 and 21.


Family Friendly


NI Premiere

Meet Caro Sparks

Tom Finlay and Anna Kyle in association with C21 Theatre Company

Sun 1st Oct 2pm

Sun 1st Oct 7.30pm

Crescent Arts Centre All Ages £8/£5 with family ticket deals

Brian Friel Theatre 45 mins £8 16 +

A family friendly performance for deaf and hearing children and their families. You’ll laugh, learn a bit about deaf culture and have an all-round good time with award-winning deaf entertainer Caroline Parker.

It Only Takes a Minute

Michelle, recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, reflects on her teenage life. Growing up in the 90s, the girl friends, boyfriends, best friends, who likes who, who fancies who. The only true friends she had were Gary Barlow and boy band ‘Take That’. Michelle uses her love of the music of Take That and the journey of their early career to unravel the emotions that were whirling in her mind as she was growing up. 13

Film & Theatre

Julie McNamara


Talking about

A Dementia Introduction for Creatives

Mon 2nd Oct 6pm

Tues 3rd October 2pm

Brian Friel Theatre 2 hrs £5 16 +

Crescent Arts Centre FREE / Donation 18 +

Let Me Stay

Julie McNamara is Artistic Director of Vital Xposure. She has brought awardwinning theatre to Northern Ireland, including Let Me Stay, a joy filled challenge to the negative trope surrounding Alzheimer’s, created alongside the author’s mother, Shirley aka Queen of the Mersey! Julie has said goodbye to this as a live show: this is a screening followed by an artist’s talk about the development of the piece. 14

with Julie McNamara


Run by a disabled artist, from the perspective of the social model of disability, this training creates a change amongst participants that is more about feeling and living than learning. Numbers limited, book early. Phone 028 9023 9450 or email before booking


Experimental Art

I, Daniel Blake


Tues 3rd October 7.30pm

Wed 4th Oct 5pm

Brian Friel Theatre 1hr 40mins £5 16 +

Lower Crescent Park FREE/ Donation All Ages

Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-yearold widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. “Anyone who has spent 90 minutes on the phone waiting for a customer services representative can identify with the mounting impatience of the title character in Ken Loach’s scalding cinematic outcry.” New York Times

Monthly Meeting


These meetings exist as a free experimental action art space, open to anyone who wants to join an unconventional dialogue through action. Come to look or join in. Lower Crescent Park is behind and to the left of the Crescent Arts Centre. 15


UK Premiere

Defiant Lives introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. Featuring exclusive interviews, the film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the stories of disabled men and women moving from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. Director Sarah Barton Producers Liz Burke and Sarah Barton Editor Rob Murphy


Defiant Lives Productions Pty Ltd

Defiant Lives Wed 4th Oct 7.30pm Brian Friel Theatre ÂŁ5

16 +

1hr 30mins

Music & Dance

Luminous Soul with Open Arts Community Choir Fri 29th Sept 7.30pm Crescent Arts Centre 40 mins ÂŁ8 All Ages

Photo: Paul Marshall

Accompanied by Open Arts Community Choir, Luminous Soul will present work developed over the past year, including their most recent work in progress. The performance will include group dances, duets and solos, all performed to live choral music including original composition by local singer/songwriter, Donal Scullion. Celebrates Open Arts’ 25th year.


Photo: Hugo Glendinning


NI Premiere

Claire Cunningham

Give Me a Reason to Live Fri 6th Oct 7.30pm Brian Friel Theatre 40 mins £8 16 + In a starkly beautiful work of transcendence and struggle, Claire Cunningham delves into the work of medieval painter Hieronymous Bosch to explore religion, religious art, and the judgment of souls and bodies. Powerfully physical, visually striking, and set to a mesmerising score, Give Me a Reason to Live invites us to consider our own empathy, sympathy or indifference, in a work of both generosity and brutal immediacy. Dedicated by the artist to the disabled victims of the Nazi Aktion T4 euthanasia program (estimates put this figure as high as 200,000 children and adults) and to current disabled victims of the present UK government’s ‘welfare reform’. “Stark [and] brutal with her customary integrity and conviction.” MMMMM The Herald 19

Participate! Bounce! workshops are free - if you can manage a small cash donation, please do. If not, that’s not a problem. For more info and booking, contact ADF at 028 9023 9450, or look on our website. Unless stated, you don’t need experience to attend. Please tell us of any disability access requirements when you book.

Sign Song with Caroline Parker for deaf BSL users Sat 30 Sept 11am to 4pm Crescent Arts Centre 16 + Combines sign language, dance and mime. Let us know your chosen song in advance. Bring phone and headphones if possible. Monoprinting with Nora O’Baoill of Fleming Fulton For disabled and non disabled under 16s. Sat 30 Sept 11am to 1pm Crescent Arts Centre Under 16s Dance Theatre with Blink for disabled dance/theatre practitioners Sat 30 Sept 2-3pm Brian Friel Theatre 16 + Dance for young people with Open Arts Sat 30 Sept Brian Friel Studio 2-4pm Under 16s Lego Animation with Joel Simon for all ages Sun 1 Oct ADF 11am-1pm All ages. Family friendly Music and visual arts with Wheelworks Sun 1 Oct Crescent Arts Centre 3-5pm All ages. Family friendly 20

Monotype printing with Alice Burns Mon 2 Oct Brian Friel Studio 11am-2pm All ages. Family friendly Bring personal items, e.g. drawings, photos, mementos, as source material. Dementia training for creatives with Julie McNamara Tue 3 Oct 11am-2pm Crescent Arts Centre 18+ Priority for artistic facilitators & creatives supporting friends/family Also see Talking About Let Me Stay, page 14. Painting with Light with Robin Price Tue 3 Oct 11am-1pm Brian Friel Theatre All ages. Family friendly Combines lighting, motion and long exposure photography. Monotype printing with Alice Burns for individuals and families living with cancer* Tue 3 Oct 5.30-7.30pm ADF All ages. Family friendly Bring personal items, eg drawings, photos, mementos as source material. Book via Cancer Focus 028 9066 3281 or email * Immunosuppression friendly – stay home if you have a sniffle! Scriptwriting with Hanna Slattne Wed 4 Oct 2pm Crescent Arts Centre 16+ Gamelan Music with Open Arts Wed 4 Oct 5.30pm Spectrum Centre All ages. Family friendly Shadow Puppet Workshop with Paul King/Black Paper Films Thurs 5 Oct 2-4pm Brian Friel Theatre All ages - family friendly

Dance with Helen Hall Fri 6 Oct 2-4pm Brian Friel Studio All ages. Family friendly 21

FESTIVAL EVENTS DAY BY DAY Wednesday 27th SEPTEMBER 12 noon 5.00pm 6.45pm 7.30pm

City Hall Singing: The Big Bouncy Hummm of Harmony Crescent Arts Launch: The Journey Exhibition Brian Friel Theatre Touch Tours Inside the Speaker Brian Friel Theatre Dance: Inside the Speaker

Thursday 28th SEPTEMBER

7.00pm ADF Launch: Grotesque - Katerina Fanouraki 7.30pm ADF Performance: Grotesque Exhibition 6.45pm Brian Friel Theatre Touch Tours Inside the Speaker 7.30pm Brian Friel Theatre Dance: Inside the Speaker

Friday 29th SEPTEMBER 7.30pm Crescent Arts

Saturday 30th SEPTEMBER 11.00am 11.00am 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 9.00pm 7.30pm

Crescent Arts Crescent Arts Brian Friel Theatre Brian Friel Studio Europa Hotel Brian Friel Theatre Brian Friel Theatre

Sunday 1st OCTOBER 11.00am 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.30pm 6.30pm 7.30pm

ADF Crescent Arts Crescent Arts Brian Friel Studio Brian Friel Studio Brian Friel Theatre

Choral Dance: Open Arts

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Workshop: Sign Song for deaf Workshop: Monoprinting Nora O’Baoill Workshop: Blink Dance Theatre Workshop: Dance Open Arts Live Music: Celtic Voyage The Big Bouncy Cabaret Party Blink Dance Theatre: Four Corners

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Workshop: Lego Animation with Joel Simon Meet Caro Sparks Workshop: Wheelworks Physical Theatre: KIC Blue Chevy Physical Theatre: KIC Blue Chevy Play: It only takes a minute

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Monday 2nd OCTOBER 11.00am Brian Friel Studio Workshop: Monotype Alice Burns 6.00pm Brian Friel Theatre Film & Talk: Let Me Stay

Tuesday 3rd OCTOBER 11.00am 5.30pm 2.00pm 7.30pm

Brian Friel Theatre Crescent Arts ADF Brian Friel Theatre

Wednesday 4th OCTOBER 2.00pm 5.30pm 5.00pm 7.30pm

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Workshop: Painting with Light Workshop: Cancer Focus Workshop: Dementia for Creatives Film: I, Daniel Blake

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Crescent Arts Workshop: Scriptwriting Spectrum Centre Workshop: Gamelan Music Crescent Park Bbeyond Art Monthly Meeting Film: Defiant Lives Brian Friel Theatre

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Thursday 5th OCTOBER 2.00pm Brian Friel Theatre Workshop: Shadow Puppet

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Friday 6th OCTOBER 2.00pm 7.30pm

Brian Friel Studio Workshop: Dance with Helen Hall Brian Friel Theatre Dance: Give Me a Reason to Live

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On Throughout the Festival 10am-5pm Crescent Arts 11am- 4pm ADF 10am-7pm MAC

The Journey - Fleming Fulton Exhibition Grotesque - Katerina Fanouraki 25 Year Celebration - Open Arts

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Bounce Arts Festival 2017 new issuu  

Dynamic Belfast-based festival showcasing new work by artists who are disabled/deaf