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The Invisible Festival
Friday 20 April
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In a nutshell
The Invisible Festival celebrates the human spectrum and the talents of people with invisible disabilities.
Taking place at Rich Mix for the first time, The Invisible Festival is a platform for artists with invisible disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, synaesthesia and other conditions, who will share their unique stories through radical and innovative performances.
What to Expect
An evening show packed with short performances including comedy, poetry and performance art.
Solo performance and live artist concerned with portraying the human condition in her work, Annette explores her autobiographical experience of being neurodiverse. Her work radically explores her personal experiences of being a woman on the autism spectrum through performance art. She develops highly aesthetic dream-like atmospheres which the audience member enters into and tries to make it apparent that the participants are an integral part of this environment. Annette is currently taking a PhD within this subject, further exploring the boundaries between performance art and autism.
Don is a neurodiverse stand up comedian who performs about a wide range of subjects, ranging from autism to politics and also thrown into the mix are razor-sharp one-liners. His comedy work has lead him to be a part of Abnormally Funny People, a specialist comedy show for comics, who talk about their challenges and disabilities.
Jamie is a neurodiverse and mentally ill performance poet. They are in a wheelchair due to paralysis and severe physical impairment and are queer/transgender. Their work explores the subjectivity of multiple disabilities, queerness, and transness, and the place of embodiment within that. Their latest series of pieces were performed at The Barbican Centre and received outstanding reviews:
"Most remarkable though were the several interventions by poet Jamie Hale whose full-on engagement with the daily meaning of what it is to be disabled, queer and trans both commanded our attention and found form in writing of exquisite delicacy and linguistic precision." - Tim Hochstrasser.
Jon Adams works in a variety of mediums, is a trained geologist and considers himself to to be an ‘Outsider Artist’. Adams has Asperger Syndrome (an autism spectrum condition) and experiences synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense leads to automatic, involuntary responses in a second sense, for example, ‘seeing sounds’. The artist’s work explores sense and sensitivity through the ‘hidden’ and plays with perceptions of normal and the inaccessible.
Callum is a poet, author of "Movement: Performance poetry written down" and Ted Talk speaker. For Callum, poetry was a form of escape and communication tool throughout his life as he dealt with issues such as his parents’ divorce, depression and anxiety as well as struggling to understand his identity as a neurodiverse individual.
Janine Booth is a performance poet and author of "Guilty and Proud of it: Poplar's Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-1925", "Plundering London Underground: Private Capital and Public Service 1997-2010" and "Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination". She is a Marxist, trade unionist, socialist-feminist. Her poetry is sharp, original and brings humour to politics.
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is a great community-lead venue, giving a platform to exciting and innovative events in an open environment. We are excited to be working with Rich Mix to give a platform for the most cutting edge creative voices in neurodiversity today.'
Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.