An exciting new development for people with disabilities to experience live music


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In 2019, three bands embarked on a journey to make their live gigs more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Revelland is a European collaborative network that aims to make live music more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities, so they created Go Beyond, a six-part, educational video toolkit that provides musicians/artists with the skills, expertise and inspiration to add sensory effects to their shows - making their performances more engaging for everyone who comes to watch.

Revelland's Ronald Ligtenberg, said:

"Our goal is to make performing arts accessible to everyone by developing immersive live experiences through connecting artists to leading sensorial experts and people with disabilities, offering new perspectives on creating an inclusive live experience for their audience members.

"Artists are supported in this process by world-leading 'sense experts' and experience designers such as Colin Nightingale (Punchdrunk, A Right/Left Project), who has worked with Jack White and James Lavelle (UNKLE), among many others. Together they research and develop sustainable ways of incorporating taste, scent, touch, visuals, lighting, decoration, outfits, dramaturgy, choreography and much more into performance, creating an immersive, multi-sensory experience. Adding these new elements to a live show stimulates all the senses."

In one episode, Perhaps Contraption's Christo Squier shares his insights about the process and insights of 'sense specialists' and 'experience designers' such as Sarah McCartney (4160 Tuesdays), Stephanie Singer (BitterSuite) and Adam Thomason (Flavour&Some), giving aspiring artists a first taste of how to create multi-sensory immersive live performances.

Christo Squier said:

"A key way it's benefitted me and my creative process is collaborating. I've learned so much working with lighting designers, producers, dancers, and creative technologists. Collaborating with experts in their particular discipline feeds into my practice. So that's definitely the most personally beneficial thing to come from it. I've had to work so closely with very unique and very talented people that have really upped my game because I've learned, say, the ins and outs of lighting design or working with a deaf actor, or designing something that can be rigged quickly and easily in a venue that generates a big emotional response."

Next year, Revelland plans to kick off a new program with six artists from six European countries. The program includes training and coaching in immersion, accessibility and sensory effects. The artists will learn to integrate sensory elements in their performances and develop an immersive and multi-sensory set that benefits the entire audience, including people with hearing or intellectual disabilities.

Source Ask Me PR

June 29, 2022 9:37am ET by Ask Me PR  

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