DADAA has a two-year partnership with Channel 7’s Telethon for 2018 and 2019.
A dynamic arts project designed especially for teenagers with high-support needs, Experience Collider offers young people exciting ways to build physical strength, communication skills, confidence and resilience, while developing new friendships and networks to help them connect.
“DADAA is delighted to be supported by Telethon in this collaborative arts project,” said DADAA’s Executive Director, David Doyle. “Teenagers with disability and high-support needs can become socially isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. This project will break down these barriers through quality arts participation and engagement.”
Blending digital media with dance, circus and theatre through a series of workshops, Experience Collider will see 13 to 18 year olds working alongside their peers and with leading artists. New ways of performing will be facilitated and participants will be encouraged to be part of a broad ensemble of young people with and without disability. Circus WA is a major collaborator in the project.
The partnership also involves researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute working with participants and coordinators of the program to further their Quality of Life research program for children with disability. This research should greatly inform services for children with disability in the future.
Led by Artistic Director Sam Fox, the creative team includes Laura Boynes as choreographer and Nel Simpson as circus-maker. The project will culminate with a performance at the State Theatre Centre on 4, 5, 6 October as part of the Awesome Festival.