Talented dancers and theatre performers from Cambodia are dropping off in Lichfield on their UK tour. Epic Encounters are a group of hearing-impaired, physically disabled and non-disabled performers – the first and only fully inclusive dance company in South East Asia.
The couple responsible for bringing them to the city, Anthony and Laura Evans, have been working in Cambodia for over a year. Both are involved with Lichfield Mysteries – in 2012 Anthony was Music Director and Laura Choreographer.
The performance in Lichfield on Sunday November 30th has been arranged by the Mysteries. The Epic team will be performing two pieces from their repertoire: Come Back Brighter is a performance about the effect of the Khmer Rouge Regime on the artists of Cambodia and the current explosion of creativity sweeping the country. Their second offering, Samatapheab, is a performance piece that explores disability in Cambodia and celebrates the ability of all people regardless of their physicality.
There will also be a presentation, Every Person Counts – Inclusive Arts at Epic Arts Cambodia – by Laura Evans, who is a Senior Manager for Epic Arts and artistic director for Epic Encounters. Actress and writer Miranda Hart is a staunch supporter of Epic Arts.
She said: I have known Epic Arts since its conception and I continue to admire and support its commitment to those with disabilities. When I worked for Epic Arts it was impossible not to be inspired by its passion and skill in using creative arts to transform lives, promote integration and create community.
The performance in Lichfield on Sunday November 30th is at Wade Street Church Hall, Frog Lane, at 7pm. Tickets are £5 from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield (open between 11am and 3.30pm) or Tel: 01543 258512 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures by Alena Kurajdova.