Tramway’s Unlimited Festival returns for its second edition

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Tramway’s Unlimited festival supports the development of practice and presents exciting new work by internationally acclaimed and emerging disabled artists. Cutting edge contemporary dance, visual arts, sound installation and film will be presented from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 October in Glasgow.

Eve Mutso and Joel Brown 111

Eve Mutso and Joel Brown 111. Photograph : Susan Hay

In Gallanach (Thursday 18 October), a piece of live art by award-winning artist Amy Rosa, a web of live copper wiring, shallow bowls of water and ceremonial herbs combine with ritual movement to create a work that conveys an experience of living with the chronic illness Fibromyalgia.

111 (Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October), is a duet between Joel Brown, known for his work with Candoco and Axis Dance, and former principal ballerina with Scottish Ballet, Eve Mutso. In this work the dancers move through different physical and skeletal structures that alter the relationship, vulnerabilities, power and virtuosity between them.

Glas(s) performance presents Eleven (18 to 21 October) a short film by Isaac Clark-O’Malley and Phillipa Clark. Eleven documents a year in the life of a boy called Isaac and his mum as he turns 11. It provides a unique perspective from the family of a child with complex needs; offering a valuable insight into the beauty, pain and reality of their world as they experience it together.

-ish (Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October) is a dance performance from Glasgow-based Aby Watson with various bodies of air: helium balloons, a space hopper and a human being. Made from the perspective of a dyspraxic choreographer, the work explores the subject of identity, disability and (in) visibility.

Juliet Robson’s hertz (18 to 21 October) gives a glimpse into a hidden universe, making inaudible sound tangible. Hear and the feel the movement of glaciers, the Aurora Borealis, the stars themselves, in an extraordinary installation developed by artist Juliet Robson in unique collaboration with leading academics from fields of astrophysics, meteorology and mathematics.

Amy Rosa holding a bowl

Amy McLachlan. The WorkRoom, Tramway. July 2017

Tramway’s engagement programme Take Part provides opportunities to explore the work further with workshops, masterclasses and discussion events.

Adam Sloan presents a choreography Masterclass (Wednesday 17 October) giving an insight into his practice and the systems he uses to develop his work.

Joel Brown presents a dance Masterclass (Friday 19 October) exploring the themes used in 111.

Being a disabled artist: Relevance, Representation & Resilience (Saturday 20 October) is an inclusive conversation with disabled artists, about practice and progress in the sector.

Aby Watson leads a Workshop (Sunday 21 October) inviting dyspraxic participants into her choreographic practice

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Tramway’s Unlimited Festival presents a range of innovative, entertaining and enquiring work by emerging and established disabled artists.

“There are also fascinating opportunities to learn more, and be further inspired by the work on show through Tramway’s Take Part engagement programme as the artists share their insights and techniques.”

Tramway’s Unlimited Festival is supported by the Unlimited commissions programme delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, and supported by The Work Room. The first edition of Tramway’s Unlimited Festival was presented in 2016. Tramway is supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland.

To find out more visit Tramway’s website.