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What we've seen this month: Unlimited Festival

  • Date: 21 September 2012
  • Area: London

Staff at our London office experience lots of great art every week. This month they bring you some of their highlights from Unlimited festival at London's Southbank Centre, which celebrated the talent of Deaf and disabled artists for the duration of the Paralympic Games. 

Mad Gyms and Kitchens by Bobby Baker

Mad Gyms and Kitchens is a playful reflection on Bobby's personal experiences of mental health system following diagnosis of her personality disorder more than 10 years ago. Bobby expertly performs a series of informative and absurd demonstrations through her personalised package of 'wellbeing' equipment which results in a humorous and touching glimpse into the struggle and celebration of achieving wellbeing in a society confused by conflicting advice, diagnosis and classification.

Lucy Murray, Relationship Manager, Theatre

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Resonance at the Still Point Of Change by Simon Allen

Allen's audio-visual song sequence sees composed and improvised piano, voice, strings and dulcitones ebb and flow to bleak but beautiful film sequences of the Essex coastline. The piece is strongly delivered by all performers and has a confidence that allows its audience to make their own connections between the music, imagery and the excellent fragmented libretto exploring English folk lore, miracles and dictionary definitions. The piece thoughtfully moves from plaintive moments to discordant climaxes.

Saphia Smith, Assistant, Combined Arts

'12' by Claire Cunningham and Candoco

'12', an innovative dance/theatre experience, represents a significant step-change for Claire Cunningham as a choreographer working with Candoco. It is a wonderfully absurd piece that extends Cunningham's practice beyond the biographical exploration of what crutches and disability mean to her as a solo performer and into the exploration of the 'emotional crutches' of her audience. Swinging between humour and darkness it is an oddly uplifting and genuinely exciting work.

Andrew Ellerby, Relationship Manager, Combined Arts

Macropolis by Joel Simon

Joel Simon's short animation Macropolis was projected onto the side of the Royal Festival Hall throughout the Unlimited Festival. It tells the story of two physically impaired toys discarded from the production line into the bustling streets. It was funny, striking and emotional, with people wandering on the south bank drawn in by the touching story and stunning animation.

Tom Stevens, Senior Marketing Officer, Vision 2012

The Impending Storm by David Toole

I found this to be the most challenging piece I saw in the Unlimited Festival. Performed with live musicians, six dancers from Remix Dance Company with David Toole and artist Mark Storer, this dance piece gave us a complex weave of personal narratives, seen through a kaleidoscope of shifting perspectives. Each performer improvised around five set moments in the piece - matched by the changing intensity of the musical score - culminating in an almighty pillow fight which left a billowing cloud of feathers across the stage.

Helen Bishop-Stephens, Relationship Manager, Combined Arts