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Friday, 2 June 2017

'Differently- abled not DIS-abled' taking the arts sector by storm


The arts industry has been making significant strides to acknowledge the talent that lies within the differently-abled community.

First it was Broken Pavements, a dance theatre piece which was showcased at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) last month. The piece is inspired by the life of Blessing Bboychristyles Bfire, differently abled dancer. The dance piece which will have another run from the 9th to the 10th of June at the popular arts hub, Theatre in the Park in Harare offers a window into Blessing’s life from birth, growing up, trying to fit in a discriminating society and how he has managed to conquer through discovering his talent as a dancer. Broken Pavements fuses hiphop, b-boy, contemporary dance, spoken word and mbira.

Another performance which took the country by storm was the play Narratives from the Dark which saw the first visually impaired solo act on stage starring Edith Masango. The play was performed at Theatre in the Park last month from the 25th to the 26th of May and received positive reviews. Soon after the showcase of Narratives from the Dark, Munyaradzi Munodawafa of the chipo chako fame wowed the arts lovers with his great performance.

Parallel to performance of Broken Pavements, St Giles School will also host the sixth edition of the Special Schools Arts Festival on Saturday 10 June. The platform is for children who are differently-abled from around the country to interact and enjoy themselves as they showcase their talents using various art forms. The festival also includes artists from the mainstream industry.


All this goes to show that ‘disability' does not mean inability

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