Fantastic to see PUSH ME’s Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch alongside Marc Brew featured in this great blog by Kelly Apter at the scotsman.com.
Shows such as Ménage à Trois not only give the younger generation of disabled dancers something to aim for, they play a crucial role in helping audiences to see beyond the disability to the fine work being created – much like the Paralympics, where it was the achievement that mattered, not the impairment. That said, at times the amount of back-story given to the athletes threatened to overshadow the sport.
Claire Cunningham whose 2nd Push Me Film – The Journey has just been published in The Space was also quoted in the article
I was impressed that the Paralympics had such a big presence on Channel 4 and you can see they absolutely drove debate forward,” says Cunningham. “But there were concerns amongst disabled artists that there was a novelty factor to it. And the superhuman thing always sits a bit uncomfortably with me, because they went into the realm of showing why people were disabled – they’d been injured, or blown up in a war. So there was a sense that it had to be explained why people had these bodies, rather than it just being fine that they did.
In providing a class platform for the work, Unlimited has paved the way for more work by disabled artists with its strength, vision and artistic clout to be seen as just another part of our cultural life and not stuck in the confines of Superhuman endeavour.