“Don’t Leave Me”. This is how an inclusive dance theater performance is called. The play based on the well-known French song, Ne Me Quitte Pas, will be premiered in Yerevan in October. Four of the eight dancers are actors with disabilities, and the other four are professional actors.
The director of the play, artistic director of the Small Theater of the National Esthetics Center Vahan Badalyan describes it as a challenging, but at the same time very interesting experience.
The idea of creating an inclusive dance group in Armenia belongs to the British Council. Classes were conducted since the beginning of last year through which they tried to involve people with disabilities and professional dancers in the project.
The theater’s artistic director says that numerous changes have taken place in the theater due to the project. As part of the project, again due to the British Council, a ramp was built at the entrance to the theater, and the theater’s bathroom was renovated to became accessible for people with disabilities as well.
Badalyan hopes that the idea will spread around Armenia and other theaters will also pay attention to active involvement of people with disabilities in cultural life.
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