Opera Australia has been named as a finalist in the 2014 National Disability Awards for its Auslan Shadow Interpreting Program.
The program has been performed as part of the company’s Victorian and NSW schools tours.
The awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improve the lives of people with disability, helping to create a more inclusive and diverse society.
Shadow-interpreting incorporates the interpreters into the onstage action with stage direction and costumes, rather than having the interpreters stand side of stage.
This results in a much more comprehensive theatre-going experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.
Opera Australia has been developing this new technique of presenting opera performances with Deaf Children Australia since 2010. The program began in Victoria and was expanded into NSW for the first time in 2014.
The program was recognised in 2013 when Opera Australia was the Victorian winner of the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Access Award.
This year the awards will be held on 25 November in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra.
In announcing the 23 finalists, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said, ‘These finalists are fine examples of the work being done to improve the lives of people with disability.
‘I commend their commitment to improving the economic and social participation opportunities for people with disability in Australia.
‘Individuals and organisations are working hard across the country every day to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities as all Australians.’
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