Jenny Sealey, from the disabled-led theatre company, will be working closely with the 2012 Games as the new co-Artistic Director alongside Bradley Hemmings, the celebrated Artistic Director of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.
Jenny is both delighted and excited to accept the position. She said: “(this is) a once in a lifetime opportunity to work collaboratively with leading deaf, disabled and non-disabled artists to create a unique and unforgettable spectacle enjoyed by millions across the globe.”
Spanning 20 years’ work with deaf and disabled artists, Jenny’s entire career has been dedicated to theatre and performance. She is keen to intergrate the ‘aesthetics of access’ into the Games, with sign language and audio description to reach the senses of the widest audiences.
“I am extremely excited for Jenny and for Graeae. The appointment is testament to Jenny’s phenomenal talent and hard work over the past 14 years,” said Dawn Langley, Chair of Graeae, “It is recognition of both the strong vision of the company and the commitment of the Graeae team. To have Jenny, and by extension the Graeae ethos, acknowledged by the largest sporting and cultural event on the planet is fantastic.”
These latest appointments to the Paralympics creative team complete the selection of artistic directors for the 2012 ceremonies. Jenny and Bradley join famed film director Danny Boyle and Kim Gavin, Artistic Director of both the Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies.
Together, Jenny and Bradley have successfully worked with projects involving deaf and disabled artists.
Bradley said: “I feel both excited and privileged to have the chance to work with artists and Paralympians on a Ceremony which, perhaps uniquely, has the power to transform perceptions.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: ““I am thrilled and proud that these two London-based producers are to helm the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. We want disabled artists to be right at the heart of the cultural celebrations”
Jenny received an MBE in January 2009 for her services to the disabled arts.
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