Express Yourself is a new sensory opera composed by one of our tutors Geoffa Fells, to be inclusive of the voices of children with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities).
Alongside a professionally recorded score, the opera uses sensory materials and intensive interaction to make it immersive and inclusive for children with PMLD. Intensive interaction is where a person's sounds, gestures and breathing are copied by a communication partner to enable access the fundamentals of communication. The call and response quality of the interaction is innately musical and recorded interactions with the children formed the very starting point of the whole opera. The opera's overarching narrative is about a sensory journey through the city, about being present and noticing details that are beautiful but that we don't usually notice.
You can watch the opera at www.geoffafells.com or below.
Supported by Arts Council England and Cherry Garden School.