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Proud to announce: we got the UNLIMITED commission

30th Mar 2017 16:16
Proud to announce: we got the UNLIMITED commission


We are thrilled to announce that the hard work that has been going on at Paraorchestra HQ in Bristol has spectacularly paid off, we have been awarded an UNLIMITED commission for 2017. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin since 2013, and is funded from 2016-20 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

This fantastic news will enable us to create Velocity, an innovative diverse work. 

This is our plan:

VELOCITY is a music performance piece devised by Paraorchestra musicians with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory. The brief is for a long-form composition with an added dimension. For the first time, Will’s music will be crafted to be danced as well as played. Partnering with a six-person integrated dance company, this is the perfect evolution for Paraorchestra’s unorthodox approach. Compositional work will be created through a devising process, with phrases and rhythms devised by the whole ensemble. Will’s trademark electronic soundscapes, plangent melodies and obsessive rhythms will provide the perfect vehicle, both for the Paraorchestra’s strange and hypnotically-eclectic line-up, and for a brace of dancers.

This is a chance for us to explore new artistic landscapes,  create unlikely alliances and push the boundaries. 

Congratulations to the other artists who have been awarded commissions, we cannot wait to see what you produce.  

Watch the video here: 

Thank you so much to UNLIMITED for selecting us. 

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