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Sky Arts Futures Fund to Support New Performance Exploring Dyslexia

Sky Arts Futures Fund to Support New Performance Exploring Dyslexia

15 May 2013

A winner of the £30,000 Sky Arts Futures Fund is using his grant to fund a dance project exploring dyslexia.

Aakash Odedra, 28, used dance as a medium of expression growing up with dyslexia and will now put together a performance based on his personal experience of the condition.

The contemporary dancer was one of five artists to be selected from more than 800 applicants to be given a bursary of £30,000 by Sky and IdeasTap to develop the talent which saw him awarded a national Italian dance award this February.

Aakash said: “It was at times frustrating growing up with the condition and not being able to do things normally - I didn’t even realise that my name had a double ‘a’ until I was 21 years old. I used dance as a way to express myself.

“The performance is going to incorporate dance and cutting edge digital and mechanical technology. It will draw on the distorted and exaggerated realities that a person with dyslexia experiences.

“Body movement, moving image and form will be used to tell a story which includes frustrations and funny moments, the technology will express a representation of imagination which works in tandem with the body. Technology will be used to elicit an emotional response.”

ARS Electronica Futurelab will work with Aakash to put together the performance, the first part of which he hopes will be ready to perform to a UK audience in Spring 2014.

Aakash is the only dancer to receive the funding from Sky Arts Futures Fund in association with IdeasTap and will also receive mentoring in addition to the financial support. He said: “I am so grateful to Sky Arts and IdeasTap for selecting me from amongst so many talented artists to receive the Sky Arts Futures Fund. I am very excited to not only receive the funding but to also have the support of Sky Arts in my development over the next year.”

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