Dances With Words

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Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:36pm

Hearing impairment and Parkour probably aren’t concepts that many people immediately group together, but a new Sydney Opera House production combines street style dance with captions for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment.

Image of male dancer performing parkour move

Dancer performing a parkour move

‘At the heart of Parkour’, say the show’s creators, ’is a notion that the obstacles you encounter shouldn't be avoided but rather deliberately engaged with in order to find your path – “jump first, ask later”'.

That’s also the name of the new production which will feature live captioned performances, running from 22 September to 2 October at the Sydney Opera House.

The show highlights the stories of six young performers who are champions of Fairfield's underground Parkour and street-style community. It mixes urban freestyle forms and contemporary dance in an exploration of the challenges and collective freedom these artists discovered through mapping their community through movement.

It’s suitable for ages eight and up, and captioning for hearing-impaired patrons continues the theme of engaging with obstacles. Bookings for Jump First, Ask Later can be made online.

Sydney Opera house has been hard at work upgrading its strategic plan for accessibility, recently showing off the improvements at 2016’s Vivid Festival



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