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Project: Translations



Translations is an immersive performance for small audiences created by All Bodies Dance Project in collaboration with VocalEye and Naomi Brand with artistic consultants from members of the blind community.

Translations explores the tools of live description applied to contemporary dance in order to create a performance designed specifically for the "non-visual senses."

The piece investigates the act of "audiencing" by asking questions about how spectators take in movement. What if sight wasn’t the intended way to experience a dance piece? How else can dance be accessed and who else can be included?

Image of a performance of Translations

The performance makes dance accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences. During Translations, sighted audience members are invited to experience the dance with their eyes closed, not as a way to replicate the experience of blindness, but rather as an opportunity to focus on the information about the moving body being delivered through other senses such as the sound of the dance, the feeling of the air moving, and the images drawn in ones imagination from the description.

In this way, Translations asks audiences to consider their own perceptions and the ways that they typically access art and the world around them.

Translations is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts - New Chapter Initiative, the BC Arts Council, The Dance Centre and Boca del Lupo.

Audio program (mp3 file)


  • Bryna Andressen
  • Robert Azevedo
  • Carolina Bergonzoni
  • Naomi Brand
  • Romham Gallacher
  • Steph Kirkland
  • Sarah Lapp
  • Peggy Leung
  • Cheyenne Seary
  • Rianne Svelnis
  • Christine Taylor
  • Harmanie Taylor
  • Danielle Wensley
  • Adam Grant Warren

Artistic Consultants

  • Amy Amantea
  • Cathy Browne
  • Carmen Papalia
  • Collin van Uchelin

Media coverage

Translations is made possible by the following:

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