My Radio Heart – a NORPA initiated project with electro band Tralala Blip and Urban Theatre Projects Using dance, large-scale audio-visuals, punk rock, electronica and country and western music My Radio Heart creates a surreal and fictional reality to explore the notion of love, friendship and commitment in the 21st Century. Performed by an ensemble of eight people with physical and mental disability, My Radio Heart not only celebrates diversity, but also transcends the social stigma and stereotype surrounding people living with a disability.
MY RADIO HEART drew on material from a series of 2013 workshops in dance, sound, improvisation and multi-media for up to 80 participants with a disability, from six to seventy-five years of age. Both the performance and workshops provide a crucial and exciting platform for exchange, dialogue and collaboration between groups living with a disability, a professional arts organisation and audiences. My Radio Heart was presented in Lismore in March 2014 and toured to Bankstown Arts Centre in April 2014.
The project was supported by Arts NSW, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Urban Theatre Projects, Multitask, Red Inc, Accessible Arts and Arts Northern Rivers.
My Radio Heart was co-produced by Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre (NORPA) and Urban Theatre Projects, and was commissioned by NORPA.
Image 1: Photo Donatella Parisini. Background Image: Sam James, March 2014.
Image 2: Kate Holmes, March 2014.
Images 3, 4, and 5: from the workshops, Emily Berry/Bethwynn Hackett, courtesy of Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre ©