The Nationwide Theatre of Namibia, in partnership with the Namibian Nationwide Affiliation of the Deaf (NNAD), is looking for artists with disabilities over the age of 18 to guide a slot and present the world what they have.
The decision-out invitations artists, notably dancers, poets and actors, to audition for an upcoming undertaking aimed toward combatting stereotypes and dangerous practices, implementing the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities (PWD), whereas selling consciousness of their capabilities and contributions.
“Performing and different arts have all the time been dominated by folks with out disabilities and people with disabilities are not noted. We need to make sure that folks with disabilities are included in every single place,” says NNAD nationwide director Paul Nanyeni.
“The Namibian public wants to understand the skills of individuals with disabilities. Incapacity doesn’t imply incapacity! PWDs have skills. They’re able to do various things and might assume and motive too. They too have feelings and might categorical themselves by totally different means,” he says.
“Artwork has a significant impact on driving messages to the group to assist, to alter their mindset, and to incorporate PWDs in decision-making, planning and improvement.”
Although Namibia has a few of the finest information and insurance policies in place for PWDs, Nanyeni says the nation is lagging on full implementation.
“Throughout this time of Covid-19, for instance, there’s little effort directed to folks with disabilities. Nevertheless, in actuality, PWDs are two occasions prone to Covid-19. Visually impaired folks can contact contaminated surfaces or be near folks with out understanding,” says Nanyeni.
“Verbal messages aren’t reaching the deaf group attributable to inaccessibility. There’s a theme that’s used worldwide by PWDs: Nothing about us with out us. Nevertheless, typically, selections, dialogue and different planning referring to folks with disabilities are spearheaded by folks with out disabilities.”
Nanyeni urges these auditioning to look into these and different realities as a foundation from which to create artwork for the showcase.
“Folks with all sorts of disabilities are inspired to audition. It is a platform to make our voices heard,” he says.
“Those that have an interest have to arrange properly to make the lower. An opportunity like this doesn’t come usually, thus we now have to take it critically. There are such a lot of points PWDs endure each day. Act it out and say what must be finished.”
artists can guide a showcase slot on the Nationwide Theatre of Namibia, the NNAD, or a venue of their alternative.
One-minute auditions happen from 09h30 to 16h00 from 10 to 21 Might.