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Image of the Week: Candoco Dance Company

6 Nov, 2015
Photograph of disabled and non-disabled dancers from Candoco dance company

Portrait of dancers from Candoco dance company by Samuel Bradley

This Sunday (8th November 2015) marks 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was passed by parliament in the UK. The Act made discrimination against disabled people unlawful for the first time – or to put it another way – before that day in 1995, discriminating against disabled people was not illegal. The legislation was the result of a tireless civil rights campaign by disabled activists who lobbied parliament, led rallies and protested with direct actions.

Many people are critical of the Disability Discrimination Act (which has now been replaced by the Equality Act), but the civil rights movement was a turning point for the disability community. Today people continue to work tirelessly to dispel stigma, discrimination and misconceptions about disability, both in the UK and around the world. This week’s image of the week celebrates their achievements.

The photograph was taken by Samuel Bradley and was originally published as part of ‘Doing Disability Differently’ on Mosaic. It shows a group of dancers from Candoco – a professional dance company that integrates disabled and non-disabled dancers. The company had its beginnings in a series of dance workshops at a spinal injury centre in London in 1991 and in the years since then has overcome preconceptions to become a respected contemporary dance company. Candoco now tour the world, performing, training other dancers and helping to change attitudes towards disability in dance.

If you’d like to find out more about Disability Discrimination Act and the civil rights movement, visit Scope’s website, where the charity are celebrating the stories of the activists and campaigners who fought, inspired and organised the movement. You can also read the Mosaic piece ‘Doing Disability Differently’ on the Mosaic website.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2 Dec, 2015 10:54 pm

    I was so inspired when I saw the videos of Candoco on youtube,, some of the videos are very powerful. Beheld by Alexander Whitley is a short but powerful video and does not get as much coverage as it should. The use of light, dance and music is so amazing. It is a shame there is a discrimination against disability still within some dance communities. every disability brings with it an ability, anybody who wants to dance will dance and no barriers should be put in their way. I for one will be sharing Candoco’s videos on my blog site to show there are no limits people should not be judged and people should not discriminate.

  2. 17 Mar, 2016 12:22 pm

    Good dance company.

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