Act 36 Wunderbar Festival 2011,BALTIC,Gateshead

 

Act 36 To Reverse The Usual order of Things,a recitation placing Sign at the centre of communication

This compelling recitation took place in Wunderbar Festival 2011 at BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead, at 7.00pm on Wednesday 02 November 2011

one person in a thousand uses a national sign language as a first language, equivalent to around half a million people in the EU. As well as deaf people, for whom a sign language may be their mother tongue, sign language speakers include the hearing impaired, their friends and family, and others who use sign language as a second or third language. Anniversary — an act of memory is a multi-lingual project and thanks to the United Nation’s UDHR translation project to date more than 300 people have been able to take part by choosing an Article to recite from memory from one of the 400 spoken languages translated on the UN site.



For Wunderbar Festival 2011 the aim was to reverse the usual order of things and present a collective recitation primarily in Sign.
Please click on the image on the left to see a Signed Introduction





Article 2 Cath Tyler
Article 3 Dawn Morley
Article 4 Erica King
Article 5 Helen Foster
Article 6 Kate Parkin
Article 7 Rosemary Spencer
Article 8 Caroline Cornwell
Article 10 Alanna Bentley
Article 11 Monica Ross and Lynn Jordan
Article 13 Erica King
Article 15 Val Hofmann
Article 16 Val Hofmann
Article 17 Jennifer Cottam
Article 18 Katie Elliot
Article 19 Alanna Bentley
Article 20 Article 11 Monica Ross and Lynn Jordan
Article 22 Joe Jones
Article 22 Joe Jones
Article 23.2 Dawn Morley
Article 23.3 Jacqueline Apperley
Article 23.4 Caroline Cornwell
Article 24 Jacqueline Apperley
Article 25 Monica Ross and Annie Brotherton
Article 26 Rosemary Spencer
Article 26 Rosemary Spencer
Article 27 Joe Jones
Article 28 Katie Elliott
Article 29 Monica Ross and Lynn Jordan

Preamble Monica Ross spoken, with Annie Brotherton, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 1 Monica Ross spoken, with Annie Brotherton, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 2
Cath Tyler British Sign Language
Article 3
Dawn Morley British Sign Language
Article 4 Erica King British Sign Language
Article 5Helen Foster British Sign Language
Article 6
Kate Parkin British Sign Language

Article 7 Rosemary Spencer British Sign Language
Article 8 Caroline Cornwell British Sign Language

Article 9
Caroline Cornwell British Sign Language
Article 10
Alanna Bentley British Sign Language
Article 11 Monica Ross spoken,with Lynn Jordan, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 12 Dawn Morley British Sign Language

Article 13
Erica King British Sign Language
Article 14 Monica Ross spoken, with Annie Brotherton, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 15
Val Hofmann British Sign Language
Article 16
Val Hofmann British Sign Language
Article 17
Jennifer Cottam British Sign Language
Article 18
Katie Elliott British Sign Language

Article 19 Alanna BentleyBritish Sign Language
Article 20
Monica Ross spoken, with Lynn Jordan, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 21Monica Ross spoken, with Lynn Jordan, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 22
Joe Jones British Sign Language
Article 23.1
Jacqueline Apperley British Sign Language

Article 23.2 Dawn Morley British Sign Language
Article 23.3
Jacqueline Apperley British Sign Language
Article 23.4 Caroline Cornwell British Sign Language
Article 24
Jaqueline ApperleBritish Sign Language
Article 25 Monica Ross spoken, with Annie Brotherton, British Sign Language Interpreter
Article 26
Rosemary Spencer British Sign Language

Article 27
Joe Jones British Sign Language
Article 28
Katie Elliott British Sign Language
Article 29 Monica Ross spoken, with Lynn Jordan, British Sign LanguageInterpreter
Article 30 Monica Ross spoken, with Lynn Jordan, British Sign LanguageInterpreter

Photographs Bernard G Mills

Thanks and Admiration to
All 
the Signers for their grace, style and courage; The Signature Level 3 NVQ Certificate in British Sign Language Course at Newcastle College; Jackie Gates and Scott Donohue, and tutors Julia Carr and Keith Reed, for their support of the students who took part; Faye Stewart at Arts Council South West who supported Kate Parkin at Arts Council North East to learn Sign via video conference; and, last but by no means least, many thanks to Annie Brotherton and Lynn Jordan whose expertise and panache carried the day.

Act 36 was produced Thanks to:
The leadership and commitment of Act of Memory’s producer Michelle Hirschhorn and Ilana Mitchell, Director of Wunderbar; the tireless patience and sensitivity of assistant Wunderbar producer Hannah Marsden; the support of Cath Tyler, Beckie Darlington and all at Wunderbar; Sue Maclaine for signing the introductory video; the commitment and generous support of Alessandro Vincentelli, Emma Thomas, Karen Davies, Dave Pipkin, Sarah Boutelle, Gary Malkin and all at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art who hosted and presented the introductory talk, the performance and reception.

Thanks For
The encouragement, advice and support of Jenny Sealey MBEDirector of Graeae Theatre; Sue Maclaine; Adele Hopper, Christopher Luke, Tom Chittenden and all at ITV SignPost; Michelle Quayle, Community Development Officer of the British Deaf Association; Caroline Ryan; Rob Latham, Tyne and Wear Museums; Geoff Armstrong, Arcadea; Alison Smith, Pesky People, Christine de Blase and Signdance Theatre InternationalBernard G Mills for photographs and Sarah Boutelle and Gary Malkin at Baltic Library and Archive for video
  • Click here to see SIGNED and Plain English Versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A Partnership Project between Wunderbar Festivaland BALTIC

WUNDERBAR FESTIVAL  31 October – 6 November 2011
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