Moving Bodies Moving Boundaries
Media Release – City of Ballarat – Photo opportunity:
What: Moving Bodies Moving Boundaries exhibition opening
When: Monday 23 July, 6 – 8pm (exhibition continues through until Sunday 29 July)
Where: Backspace Gallery – Huyghue House, Alfred Deakin Place, Camp Street
Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery’s latest exhibition Moving Bodies Moving Boundaries introduces Ballarat to the work of e.motion21, an organisation dedicated to providing Australia’s only dance and movement program for young people with Down syndrome.
The photographic exhibition documents the ecstatic experience that is the e.motion21dance program, while highlighting the diversity and talents of individuals with Down syndrome.
e.motion21 came about when Cate Sayers was looking for a dance class for her daughter Alexandra, who has Down syndrome. Alexandra was passionate about dancing and performing like her siblings, and Cate wanted her to have the same opportunities they did. When Cate couldn’t find a dance class that catered for Alexandra’s needs, she decided to create one herself.
The group started with six excited children, and by December 2009 e.motion21 was born.
Opening night will include a performance by the e.motion21 dancers.
City of Ballarat Portfolio Councillor for Destination and Economy Cheryl Bromfield said it was wonderful to see the Backspace Gallery being used for those of all ages and abilities.
“Social engagement helps to make us all healthier and happier, and the arts are one of best ways to bring people together.”
Moving Bodies Moving Boundaries is open until Sunday 29 July.
Backspace Gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm.