Running Blind: An Interactive Dance Performance
Running Blind is a visceral dialogue of dance, sound and sight.
Laura Sarah Dowdallʼs work as artist-in-the-community at a
Dublin DeafBlind centre led to this daring dance exploration of
the role of the senses, inviting the audience to become a part of
a journey into metaphorical and physical blindness.
As dramaturg and creative producer, my role was to bring the
work to life in a theatre setting, by developing a framework for
the dance performance working collaboratively with Laura, and
the sound and lighting designers. Creating and testing
meaningful audience interactions was a key part of the process,
as this performance is a precursor to a future installation that
will make dance accessible for people with blindness.
I produced the accompanying website www.runningblind.ie and
managed the facebook page www.facebook.com/
Watch a 1 minute video.
When the performance starts, a violinist comes to the foyer and invites
the audience to follow into the stairwell and through to the theatre.
As they enter the auditorium, the audience are asked to follow a rope
to their seats, with their eyes closed, while ambient sounds permeate
the space. The seats are covered in foil, and as the audience take
their seats within this textured environment, they add to the aural
atmosphere of the space.
Prior to the performance, audience members are invited to share
how they are feeling in that present moment by drawing a symbol.
These drawings are later integrated into the performance as the
dancer responds to the symbols through improvised movement.
Read what the audience said about the show.
Read critics reviews.
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