Playlist: a part – the art of wheelchair dancing

Suzie Birchwood and Laura Jones
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a part is a new dance film from Hubble Bubble Productions in association with Lîla Dance that showcases two of the UK’s most experienced disabled female dancers, Suzie Birchwood and Laura Jones, in a work that celebrates the art of wheelchair dancing. Choreographed by Abi Mortimer, the intricate choreography with a backdrop of graffiti art is driven by the catchy rhythmic structures of an original score by Dougie Evans. With a nod to female pop video icons such as Brittany and Beyoncé; sharp shooting, fast-paced editing invites you to think differently and celebrate new female icons. Above is a playlist which includes a film of the final piece as well as interviews with the team, outtakes and behind-the-scenes material.

We wanted to reinterpret the pop videos that inspired us and show that high-quality dance can be interpreted a number of ways, that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to contemporary dance. We wanted to capture joy and fun and introduce a new audience to contemporary dance, with a nod to the commercial. With Rosas Danst Rosas we loved the energy and timeless style of the piece and Beyonce, well Beyonce just helped us to all discover our own inner Beyonce. Everyone has one.

Below is a playlist of videos which provided inspiration for the creative team behind a part: