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'I don't want people to see me like that'

Artist disability disability stereotypes performer Restless Dance Theatre theatre

'I don't want people to see me like that'

Julia Hales has been able to express her personality and experience, beyond the fact of her disability, by working with Perth's DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts) for the last 20 years — initially as a performer, and now also as part of their leadership team.

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'No time for fairies'

Anti discrimation Artist disability performer Restless Dance Theatre theatre

'No time for fairies'

Actor and circus performer Emma J Hawkins said casting is a still a serious issue for performers with disability.

Last year, Hawkins appeared in the Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man at Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre.

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Who has the right to tell stories?

ableism Anti discrimation Artist performer Restless Dance Theatre

Who has the right to tell stories?

Scott Price, who describes himself as a proudly "autistic artist", says that while things "have actually improved a lot, there's still a long way to go — in terms of the psychology of people".

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'It means the world to me'

Acessibility Artist dance performer Restless Dance Theatre

'It means the world to me'

For dancer Michael Hodyl, a long-time member of Adelaide's Restless Dance Theatre, there have been "lots of chances out there to dance".

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'There's no way backstage'

Accesibility Artist dance disability Restless Dance Theatre

'There's no way backstage'

For spoken-word performer Erin Kyan, many theatres are failing at the most basic level — allowing performers to literally get on stage.

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