Dance students to perform at Poetry and Sign

Three Choreomundus students from the Department of Dance will perform at Poetry and Sign, a unique event organised by Poet in the City as part of Deaf Awareness Week (19– 23 May).

Posted: 6 May 2014

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Roehampton Dance students Sara Azzarelli, Sandra Aguado Mucientes and Pascha Jirasakwittaya rehearsing for Poetry and Sign.
Poetry and Sign will take place on Tuesday 13 May and will explore the interpretation of poetry through the language of the body and will celebrate poetry performed in spoken word, sign language and live contemporary dance.

Sara Azzarelli, Sandra Aguado Mucientes and Pascha Jirasakwittaya of Roehampton Dance are working with Yong Min Cho, Choreographer in Residence at Asia House in London, to transform three poems, given to them by Poet in the City, into dance.

The three students first learnt the poems in sign language with the help of Roehampton’s Deputy Director of Student Experience, Kirsteen Coupar who is a sign language speaker. Then, in collaboration with Yong Min Cho, the students translate the sign language into narrative and abstract movements to create the unique performance.

Speaking on behalf of the dancers Sara Azzarelii said: “I love when dance can really communicate something, where it can be a tool to translate specific feelings and ideas. I like the power of this communication; it is a bit like sign languages for me: it can go beyond voice, beyond music.”

Isobel Colchester, Acting CEO of Poet in the City said: “Poet in the City is delighted to be working with Roehampton Dance on this very unique event. Our intention is to provide audiences with new ways of engaging with poetry and by using sign language and live dance; we are hoping to achieve something magical.”

Alongside Roehampton Dance, experts in sign language and interpretation will join deaf and partially hearing actors in a fascinating celebration of the power of words.

The event takes place at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online.

For further information on this event, please visit  http://www.poetinthecity.co.uk/events/181.

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