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My visit to watch Motionhouse rehearse WILD!

5th June 2019

Last week we were joined by Neve and her mum Helen to watch our dancers in action rehearsing for our daring new outdoor show, WILD. We met Neve through the Guide Dogs Association and she had very kindly offered to give us feedback on our new show WILD from the perspective of a visually impaired person – for example, how the costumes work, where’s the best place to watch from and tips on the best ways to provide show summaries and descriptions for people with visual impairments. It was really important for us to hear Neve’s thoughts and feedback on the show from her point of view in order to help us in our efforts to make the show enjoyable for as many people as possible. So a big thank you to Neve and Helen for coming over – we really enjoyed meeting you both!

Neve wrote a great blog for us on her experience, give it a read below:

Hi. My name is Neve, I’m 13 years old and have been visually impaired since birth. I was invited along to watch Motionhouse, and then provide feedback from a visually impaired person’s point of view, on their new production of WILD.

As we arrived, the dancers were running through a few things, which gave me the opportunity to have a close up look at and touch the set. I was also given a brief overview of the thinking behind WILD! It was great to be introduced to all the dancers too!

The performance, even thought it was a rehearsal, was amazing. The dancing was out of this world and linked so well with the music! It was great to be so close to the action! I was pleased to be able to give feedback. This was mostly about the contrast of costume colours against the set, how visually impaired people maybe affected if the performance was outside with the glare of the sun etc. A touch tour and overviews in large print and braille would be great!

I really enjoyed everything about my visit… it has inspired me to think about trying aerial dancing…I already do tap, ballet and acro! I really appreciate being invited to share my views and hope they may help other visually impaired people enjoy WILD as much as I did! Thank you!