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Embracing the emotional beauty of inclusion through dance

Posted on: Fri 24 Mar 2023

What was it like for you to be perceived as different from those who weren’t born with a disability when you were in high school? Did those traumatic scars that stemmed from being bullied seep deep into your subconscious, causing you to doubt that your adulthood would be less terrifying to endure?

With a star-studded, highly skilled cast of 7 performers/dancers with varying disabilities, including Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Turner Syndrome, Blindness and Intellectual Disability, Embrace, which was performed by InsideOutside Dance for a limited three day season at the 2023 Adelaide Fringe Festival, looks at the emotional roller-coaster ride unravelling the personal struggles young disabled teenagers and adults are forced to face up to before graduating and entering into the real world.

Director of Embrace, Rosanne Stuart, touches on some of the production’s storytelling, artistic, rhythmic, and stylistic elements, told through the genre of dance with De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad McLoughlin.

Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo courtesy of InsideOutside Dance

Jarad McLoughlin

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