11 Million reasons

Be inspired by a photo series of reimagined film moments with Deaf and disabled dancers.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe shot thought-provoking takes on iconic dance scenes from film, like Gene Kelly singing in the rain, Billy Elliot's father watching him dance his heart out and Moira Shearer as a young ballerina in The Red Shoes – all reimagined by Deaf and disabled dancers. Sean was commissioned by People Dancing, the UK development organisation and membership body for participatory dance.

Sean, who cites US photographer Gregory Crewdson as a major influence, says he wanted the images to have a cinematic quality. All the outside location shots were done in and around Leicester, and Sean used a 16 x 9 format to achieve a wide-screen feel that would have scope to include a lot of action, yet keep the dancers centre stage.

A total of 20 classic yet contemporary images, supported by Unlimited Impact, is on tour as 11 Million Reasons, a life-affirming exhibition that challenges us to consider and celebrate the energy, creativity and diversity of Deaf and disabled people who dance. The images are supported by a short film programme.

11 Million Reasons is an exhibition I believe will reconfigure many people's perceptions of the capabilities or expectations of Deaf and disabled people who love to dance as part of their enjoyment of everyday life. Sean has done a brilliant job creating highly artistic, stunningly beautiful images that really capture the magic of how all of us can enjoy and engage with dance.' (Producer Louise Wildish, People Dancing)

Tuesday 6 September – Sunday 11 September

10am – 11pm

Level 2 Foyer (Green Side) at Royal Festival Hall

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Level 2 Foyer (Green Side), Royal Festival Hall

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