The Other & The Moving Image

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Challenging Conventional Attitudes about Disability & the Arts

AMICI Dance Theatre Company is a unique dance theatre company integrating able-bodied & disabled artists and performers.

“Amici affirms life, creativity and the power of compassion”
Clement Crisp, Financial Times

“Amici are totally and utterly inspiring”
The Guardian

The Other & the Moving Image welcomes Amici Dance Theatre Company

On Saturday 28 May 2016 – from 1.15 pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH

‘Amici will give a short presentation about their unique work integrating able-bodied and disabled artists and performers, Their work has had a major impact world-wide, challenging conventional attitudes about disability and the arts.

The presentation will be followed by a brief workshop of their methods – where we all get up and move!

Some examples of Amici’s Repertoir:


‘Breaking Out’ is based on a poem by choreographer Bill Robins.

I am lonely
My body prison
Door closed
Hear them
Talk over my head
Like vegetable
They afraid
To see me without mum
Watch them.

A spotlight opens on Bill Robins, principle performer, in his wheelchair, his strong arms open wide. With the rest of the stage in darkness it seems as if he is floating in space. Bill confronts us confidently with an exploration of barriers to fulfilment; the hindrances, frustrations and grievances of living within a disabled body. Bill simply shows us that there is nothing to be afraid of, or look away from.

Founded by Wolfgang Stange in 1980, its productions and workshops have had a major impact world-wide, challenging conventional attitudes about disability and the arts. AMICI runs regular classes (once a week during term time) for its 40+ members at The Lyric, Hammersmith where they are the resident community arts company. Biannually they produce a full company show performed in the Lyric’s main theatre. See archive.

Choreographed by Amici’s Artistic Director Wolfgang Stange.The-odd-one-out
How does difference affect us? Should we ignore it, nurture it or even get
rid of it?

This piece has a running time of 20 minutes and is performed by 14 members
of Amici.

AMICI gives open-worksohps, residencies, student placements and performances throughout the year.

“Amici affirms life, creativity and the power of compassion”
Clement Crisp, Financial Times

“Amici are totally and utterly inspiring”
The Guardian

Join the mailing list to be kept up-to-date with all Amici activities.


Vlad Curator of The Other & the Moving Image

Jazz, the Angry Young Man & the Moving Image

Photographic Still of Tony Richardson and Richard Burton by Robert Penn
Courtesy BFI / Park Circus

Free Admission- booking required
Saturday 28 May 2016 – from 6pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH

Seating is very limited, please register via the link below ASAP!

The Other & the Moving Image welcomes the screening of Tony Richardson’s Look Back in Anger and the Jazz 

Celebrating Britishness. As a personal celebration of St George Day (23.4) / what is Britishness and Englishness for me? As a Cuban, what makes me feel proud of being British? Tony Richardson, his Look Back in Anger (1959 film) and the angry young men movement are some of my answers to these questions. This evening of talks and a film screening – on citizenship and belonging- will cover a range of issues concerning the definition and nature of Jazz and the complexities of its moving image and the experience of the Angry Young Men Movement in Tony Richardson’s Look Back in Anger.

Where jazz meets classical…When classical music meets jazz…what are the best jazz versions of classical music and vice-versa… Many composers, both those primarily in the jazz and classical idiom, have crafted pieces that borrow heavily from the other. Many jazz composers and arrangers became interested in incorporating classical tradition into their own work. Ravel, Debussy and many others became favourites.  What about classical musicians, what about classical guitar?

LOOK BACK IN ANGER (1958) UK 101 mins Digital
” During the late 1950s and early 1960s the new wave of British Cinema began to emerge. Young filmmakers including Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson began to challenge the social status quo in Britain with a number of ground breaking films. Some of the key films include; Look Back in Anger (1959) and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) This Sporting Life (1963) and came to define the period of change in Britain. There is an energy to these films and they reflect the social reality of the working class, especially in the North of England. Despite the increased prosperity of the Macmillan Years (1957-1963) it didn’t always reach every town in Britain and the frustrations of low wages and poor living conditions and the lack of affordable housing began to create a social backlash of discontent leading up to the Aldermaston anti- nuclear demonstrations which began during Easter 1958. John Osbourne’s play Look Back in Anger also reflects the discontent and feelings during the same period and Osborne’s semi- autobiographical play became a by word in the media to define the so called Angry Young Man.
In the film Look Back in Anger, Jimmy Porter is played by the rising British film star Richard Burton the angry, self-loathing and hostile anti-hero. Jimmy is a man who loathes materialistic trappings of middle class attitudes and domestic life that he associates with washing, cleaning and ironing. Jimmy’s anger is tempered by playing the trumpet as it becomes a way for him to express himself more freely as he feels misunderstood and betrayed by life. Jimmy feels there must be more to life rather the conventions of middle class suburban life. Paradoxically Helena (Claire Bloom) and Alison (Mary Ure) are attracted to Jimmy’s charm, charisma and oafish behaviour. In a ménage à trois the women are torn between Jimmy’s posturing and shortcomings that inevitably goes beyond a romantic encounter. ”  Nigel Arthur Curator – Stills at the British Film Institute will introduce Look Back in Anger / Photographic Still of Tony Richardson and Richard Burton by Robert Penn courtesy BFI / Park Circus



The archetypal British ‘angry young man’: Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter, in Tony Richardson’s film Look Back in Anger (1959)

Look Back in Anger  Cast: Richard Burton (Jimmy Porter); Claire Bloom (Helena Charles); Mary Ure (Alison Porter); Edith Evans (Mrs. Tanner); Gary Raymond (Cliff)

Look Back in Anger ,  black and white, 101 mins
Director Tony Richardson
Production Company Woodfall Film Productions
Producer Gordon L.T. Scott
Screenplay Nigel Kneale
Additional dialogue John Osborne
Original play John Osborne
Photography Oswald Morris
What is Jazz?

… is jazz considered classical music? where and when jazz meets classical…what are the best jazz versions of classical music and vice-versa… is possible to define a jazz-classical guitar? in order to gain a better understanding of this relationship, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas’s performance is presented as part of the event. His classical guitar has an expansive sense of freedom that taps into pre-Columbus traditions, flamenco, pop, Afro, traditional Cuban and jazz. Dickinson’s style is a great way of crossing the great divide, connecting-liberating musical styles, within the genuinely fruitful inter-zone between jazz and classical guitar. Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas – Guitarist is another way to mirror the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of the transcultural condition of Art and the Americas’ cultural diversity. Continue reading “Jazz, the Angry Young Man & the Moving Image”

Living in Silence: ПЛЕМЯ, Sign Language & Film Art

The Other & The Moving Image and the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre proudly welcome the film  ПЛЕМЯ / The Tribe (2014) by the Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpitsky. An innovative, unique drama, an homage to the silent film — its long takes, no verbal words, moving camera, in-frame editing — a solid and disturbing masterpiece of wordless moving images. This is pure film art. No member of the cast was a professional actor, but all were truly deaf-mute. The film is entirely in Ukrainian Sign Language with no subtitles. The Tribe is about awareness, difference and diversity, and what all that means in real life. It is a film about outsiders, reflecting disability in our post-modern societies and the effects of living in poverty and of having a disability, which are life-long. Taking as a great ‘test-case’ example, as a reference point, the very difficult conditions, the tough life of deaf young people in Ukraine today.

Do you want to understand more about post-modern societies, diversity, disability, young people, poverty and social conditions, deaf culture, sign language and cognition?  to know about the experience of deaf people : “It was very hard and very disheartening. Just that feeling that nobody wants you. And that feeling that you cannot contribute anything.”

Are you studying and/or working in deaf education, speech and language therapy, sign language interpretation or a similar field? This film harnesses the power of deaf actors like no other film could. If anyone doubts whether a film like this could be understood by people who do not know sign language, come and see The Tribe, certainly, a film for everyone.

Presented in partnership with Metrodome DistributionIt will be screened as part of the film section: Living in Silence: ПЛЕМЯ, Sign Language & Film Art


Living in Silence: ПЛЕМЯ, Sign Language & Film Art

Dr Robert Adam Director of DCAL (Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre, Dr Claire Shaw (University of Bristol), Paula Garfield -Artistic Director Deafinitely theatre London- will take part of the panel discussion: “Living in Silence” at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre Studio.The film will be screened on 28 May 2016, at 2.15 pm

Free admission

Saturday 28 May 2016 – 2.00 pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH

Rated 18 | 2h 6min | Crime, Drama /

myrosfrom left to right: Kiril Koshik,  Grigory Fesenko (the leading actor) and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (the director of the film)


Special thanks to the director @myroslav.slaboshpytskiy Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for a masterpiece, a magical film  and for the discovery, for introducing all these wonderful actors. One of the most talked-about art-house flicks from 2014 is a silent film The Tribe (ПЛЕМЯ). It will be screened as part of the retrospective: Living in Silence: ПЛЕМЯ, the Sign Language & Film Art.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy 02
The Ukrainian film director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi 

“Poised, brutal, and entirely sui generis, this was one of those rare films in which a director follows a subject to its logical limits making us re-assess our watching and listening habits in the process.” Jonathan Romney, Film Comment


The actors are incredible in this film, with 100 percent deaf cast. Yes, they were silent, but, as you will see, they speak volumes through their silence and their body language. There isn’t a single word spoken in the entire film, and no subtitles to accompany them.


04 Yana Novikova

“When there are gestures, words are not necessary,” Novikova, a deaf actress, says. “It isn’t a necessity to have dialogue in film — everything is written on a face and all is visible in the movements.” Novykova explains that “The main thing is human emotion — that’s clear and understandable to any person in the world.” Continue reading “Living in Silence: ПЛЕМЯ, Sign Language & Film Art”

On Female Masculinity

The Other & the Moving Image examines not only the relationship between the moving image and different art forms, but also, and in particular, how the moving image helps to visualize ‘otherness’. The project is about awareness, citizenship and belonging, equality, diversity and inclusion. The Arts are the ideal medium because they bring people together.

The Bloomsbury Theater and The Other & the Moving Image proudly welcome Tomboys, Butches, Trans, Women Bdsmers“. This is a film presentation by Elena Tóxica, the creator of the project Toxic Lesbian, 2015.


Free Admission

Saturday 28 May 2016 – 12.30 pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre Studio
15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH




Tomboys, Butches, Trans, Women BDSMers. Versions of female masculinity (2015) is an experimental video documentary produced by visual artist Elena Toxic.


It is a short-film that narrates the individual versions of masculinity of Delfy, Emmanuelle, Leticia and Dita, based on their real testimonials. Visually integrates painting and animated photography as well as video art, and a performance for the end credits that creates the cover for the film. Viruta, a FTM transgender, created the music.


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