CVI Art - Dance Commission

The dancers were asked to express their interpretation of the experience of being a child with CVI. Across different scenes we see the confusion as a dancer has to cope with multiple incoming demands, not knowing which way to turn, the world without faces, the peace and tranquillity of tents, the need for help, the fear, and in a beautiful finale, the freedom of open spaces.

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Euryphaessa "Wide-Shining" uses choreographic communication to express what a child with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) may perceive and feel as they interact with the world.

Curated and directed by Dr Wendy Timmons, the choreography was informed collectively through lectures and workshops with experts in CVI and conversations with a child with CVI. The dance artists worked collaboratively in this creative process under the artistic direction of Marianella Desanti. Concepts such as shaping and demarking space are explored choreographically at the same time the dance artists explore the vulnerabilities and brain-body sensitivity exposed through CVI whilst expressing the tranquillity and personal happiness found in a colour or innocent space.

Dance artists in alphabetical order

  • Megan Alder-Cox
  • Liron Blajwajs
  • Maverick Chai
  • Marianella Desanti
  • Yue Dou
  • Annie Gaddis
  • Yulu Hou
  • Yang Joy
  • Hanyu Li
  • Jai McKenzie
  • Nicola Scholefield
  • Yu Shu
  • Holly Stidolph
  • Wendy Yaxin
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This CVIArts project was facilitated by Professor John Ravenscroft, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow (2021-22) University of Edinburgh.


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