Freedom: Opening up dance expression for disabled artists
11 February 2022
Lisa Simpson holds a unique position in dance. She trains, mentor and supports others using a revolutionary technique that enables people of all abilities to choreograph their own work. Freedom is a short film for Dance Passion 2022.
Lisa Simpson holds a unique position in dance. She trains, mentor and supports others by using a revolutionary technique known as The Simpson Board. This is a tool that enables people of all abilities to choreograph their own work.
This tool enables people of all abilities to choreograph their own work.
Lisa also has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and no verbal communication. She communicates the freedom she feels through choreography, as she portrays movements she is unable to make with her own body. The technique enables Lisa to work as a professional artist, and this film is intended to inspire others with possibilities, and to break down barriers for disabled artists.
Lisa’s form of choreography is completely unique and distinctive in the dance world. The past year has been difficult for many, affecting mental health and wellbeing, with disabled individuals among the most impacted. This film aims to highlight individual capabilities, despite barriers or perceived limitations, and to open up conversations.
Part of Dance Passion, a celebration of dance on the BBC during February and March 2022.
Innovation in dance
What is Dance Passion?
This is one of fourteen short films and interactive projects that explore innovative ways of capturing and experiencing dance, as part of Dance Passion - a landmark celebration of the world-class dance throughout February and March 2022. BBC Arts, in partnership with One Dance UK and supported by the Arts Council, bring you unique perspectives on the creative forces in dance, and spotlight innovation in choreography and performance.
- Josie d’Arby and Karim Zeroual present five hour-long programmes of dance as a boxset on BBC iPlayer, and a special highlights programme on BBC Four;
- Performances by thirty-two companies, recorded in ‘dance hubs’ across the country;
- Exclusive first screening of excerpts from Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote from Birmingham Royal Ballet;
- World premiere of Corey Baker's thrilling new film, Dance Race;
- Fourteen short films and interactive projects exploring innovative ways to experience dance.