Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of the UK's Graeae Theatre Company will take part as a speaker in the Cultural Session Inspiration for the Future: Arts and Disability, part of the World Forum on Sport and Culture, organised by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology , Japan Sports Agency, and Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Inspiration for the Future : Arts and Disability (tentative)
While preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, momentum is building across Japan through sports, culture and art. Meanwhile, we must take the initiative in promoting social inclusion so that all people, regardless of disabilities, can participate in activities to appreciate culture and art creation in various places. To address this issue, we will hold a symposium on art activities by people with disabilities and other activities involving the disabled, inviting experts from Japan and overseas. We hope our support for social inclusion through culture and art, in addition to the Olympic and Paralympic movements, will contribute to the realization of a society where people respect diversity and to the further development of art and culture.
Jenny Sealey co-directed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She has been Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae since 1997 and has pioneered a new theatrical language, coining the term “Aesthetics of Access”; the creative integration of sign language and audio description within performance. Additionally, Jenny has directed work, run workshops and given presentations internationally in Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Brazil. In 2009, Jenny was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours and became the Artistic Advisor for the Unlimited 2012 Festival.
Graeae Theatre Company website
Date: Friday 21 October 13.00-16.00
Venue: The National Art Center 3F Auditorium, 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Organised by: Agency for Cultural Affairs
Supported by: The National Art Center Tokyo, British Council
Language: simultaneous interpretation in Japanese/English, sign language to be provided
Application deadline: Friday 16 September 2016
Tamotsu Aoki, Director General, The National Art Center, Tokyo
Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company
Kazuhiro Nozawa, Editorial writer, The Mainichi Newspapers
Chizuru Azuma, Actress/ Chief Director, General incorporated Association "Get in touch"
Katsuhiko Hibino, Artist, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
Kazuyo Morita, Actress/Dancer/Chief Director Specified Nonprofit Corporation "Pspot14"
Shunji Yamanaka, Design Engineer/Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo