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Image Credit: Paula Kiley
[Image Description: A black and white photograph of Vanessa dancing with her rollator (walker). She is leaning onto her walker with one arm gently leaning on the handle and the other arm leaning on the backrest. Her serene face is gently looking out into the distance. Her legs are positioned in a mid-walking stance. One of her leg braces is visible. Her hair is pulled back into a ballet bun. She is wearing a tulle dress; dark top, light and fluffy skirt. She is in a well lit dance studio where mirrors are visible and her reflection is present]
The Disability Collective is a not-for-profit organization and community of disabled artists dedicated to celebrating and showcasing disability in the arts. TDC strives to de-stigmatize disability and challenge perceptions of what disability looks like through promoting disabled artists in a variety of forms.
[Image Description: The What Happened to You? graphic, featuring a sky blue background with white clouds. In the centre is a yellow donation bin. At the top of the donation bin are the words "The Disability Collective" in black font inside of a thin box. Below is the word "presents", also in black font. In the centre of the donation bin are the words "What Happened to You?" in capital letters in red font on top of off-white textured paper with tape on the top left and bottom right corners. Below the box are the words "Created by Nikki Charlesworth" in capital letters in black font. Three puppets peek out of the top of the donation bin. On the left is Noodles, a yellow non-binary puppet wearing red overalls. In the middle is Little Red, a red puppet girl in a patchwork dress. On the right is Bo, a blue puppet boy wearing a polka dot two-piece. At the bottom of the graphic is green grass with trees and flowers coming out. Over top of the grass are the words "The Toronto premiere of a new, heart-warming piece of puppet theatre for children and their families" in capital letters in white font. Below this are the words "Join Nikki and her team for a puppet making workshop before the show!" in white font. At the top left corner of the graphic is the Arts Council England logo in black. At the top right of the graphic is the Roseneath Theatre logo in red]
Saturday, August 20th
& Sunday, August 21st
30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto
12:30 PM Workshop
What Happened to You? is a new, heart-warming piece of puppet theatre for children and their families, coming to Toronto this summer from the UK! Created semi-autobiographically, puppet designer Nikki Charlesworth challenges the fundamental laws of traditional puppetry by making puppets that reflect her own disability, and moves as she moves.
What Happened to You? also features creative use of Audio Description, embedded into the original score, and integrated American Sign Language by a Deaf actor, which introduces children to enhanced access. What Happened to You? will be presented as a relaxed performance; house lights will remain on at a low level and audience members will be able to enter and exit the theatre as they wish.
Visit the What Happened to You? page for more information!
[Video Description: The full No Body Left Behind video, which begins with an introduction from the TDC team before moving into individual videos featuring 10 incredible disabled artists who share their work and their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between these individual videos, the TDC team also share their experiences as disabled artists during the pandemic. After meeting all 10 artists, the TDC team signs off with an outro before credits are shown]
For detailed video descriptions for the individual artists videos, please visit the respective artists' page here.
No Body Left Behind is an online campaign centred around the disabled community’s concerns regarding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, including mask and vaccine mandates. We hope that this campaign will raise awareness around those who are being left behind as the world returns to “normal”.
We are currently raising money to go directly towards paying the artists and the ASL-English and Deaf interpreters who will be working on this project. We are relying solely on donations from our incredible community to support this project!
The No Body Left Behind videos are now available! Experience the work of 10 incredible disabled artists and learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the lifting of restrictions has affected them.