Unstrapped: Unlimited R&D Commission
Unstrapped explores the expected and unexpected uses of medical equipment in performance. Made in collaboration with Rachel Freeman, in an outdoor space on a farm and working with dancer Saffy Setohy, Unstrapped brought to life Lou’s huge collection of leg, arm and ankle splints. Some were prototypes, others are the NHS’ finest masterpieces. Alongside shoe insoles, her Functional Electrical Stimulation Machine and medical equipment from the George Marshall Medical Museum the project found a playful juxtaposition between the natural organic environment of the farm and animals and the extremely restrictive medical movements of splints. Through light-hearted and poignant moments Unstrapped challenges medical perceptions of disability, medical equipment and who can dance.
Throughout my R&D I was blogging about the project, read my blog here