11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. The project developed from our core vision to ‘desegregate’ Deaf and disabled people from anyone else that dances, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround disabled people dancing.
With funding from Unlimited Impact, People Dancing commissioned emerging disabled photographer, Sean Goldthorpe to create the 20 high quality images inspired by iconic dance moments in film. In the images, Deaf and disabled people are centre stage, re-imagining iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres.
The stunning, powerful, emotive, and humorous images are diverse with many bringing a subtle but relevant message. The complete portfolio will tour the UK in the next two years and aims to be a resource and inspiration to a number of people, especially Deaf and disabled people participating in dance activity.
The work will support existing performance, be present at symposiums and festivals, and aims to engage an audience way beyond the dance sector.
The project took place in 12 indoor and outdoor locations with 21 separate shoots and over 160 people involved.