InsideOutside Theatre Company has just launched a new dance ensemble empowering young people with disability who have the talent and drive to move towards working professionally in the industry. A safe, inclusive space where they can enjoy the same opportunities and quality of training as everybody else, working with motivational mentors and exciting choreographers.
Our Ambassador, model Madeline Stuart is fully supportive of the project and a founder member of the Dance Ensemble.
The dance ensemble builds on our nurturing work over the past four years with organisations including ROPE, Horizons, The Endeavour Foundation and Pine Rivers Disability Services, working with their clients exploring a variety of theatre and performance techniques and creating performance pieces and our theatre work with the SameSkin project.
We will work with invited guest artists, giving our dancers the opportunity to work on a variety of dance forms including aerial, contemporary dance, hip hop and experimental dance . The overall aim is to create a professional performance platform where emerging artists with disability can learn, create, explore and perform and devise a body of work which we can tour regionally, nationally and hopefully internationally.
Our key partners in this project are Access Arts Inc, Mad Dance House and a range of community organisations we currently work with.
Our launch weekend was made possible by a grant from The Australia Council for the Arts and to take the project forward we need to raise further funds so that we can work with more young people throughout our region, keeping participation in our workshops affordable to all and providing scholarships for some of our students.