‘Mirrors’ is the third project Opera Holland Park has held with the Adult Day Services in RBKC and LBHF. Weekly workshops were delivered at both day centres, followed by a series of joint workshop sessions which saw both teams coming together to share their ideas and work together at a performance on 2nd December.
The aim of the project was to create an immersive and interactive show by and for people with Multiple Learning Disabilities and the people working with them – celebrating the innate creativity within everyone and uniting everybody involved in a creative process. The final performance was devised as a show that could encompass the unpredictability of circumstance, such as working with a different group of people in each workshop, inviting someone new into the project, developing work already written with a view to including people with limited or no verbal ability. The project allowed over 50 people to take part regardless of level of perceived ability.
Over ten weeks, workshop leader Abigail Sudbury and composer David Keefe worked with each group bringing in different aspects of music based around the theme of exploring the other side of a mirror where they discovered the jungle and the ocean. The final performance used both themes and brought in the sights, sounds and movements found in these environments.