Ross Fraser McLean

Friday 12 May 2017 -
10:00 to 13:00
Museum of Russian Impressionism, Moscow

The British Council actively promotes cultural projects within our 'Inclusion in the Arts' programme and the policy of Equality and Diversity.

In 2017 the premiere of a new version of the “Touch-ables” performance with the participation of British and Russian deaf-blind actors is to be held in the UK and Russia. For the British version, Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company and co-director of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, is working with three deaf-blind British actors to participate in the performance and include their stories in the scenario of “Touch-ables”.

Jenny will arrive in Moscow for 9-12 May to participate in first rehearsals of a new international version of “Touch-ables”and meet with Russian deaf-blind actor-participants of the performance. 

Moreover, on 12 May Jenny will hold a workshop at the Museum of Russian Impressionism about inclusive theatre, dedicated to the use of sign language in theatre performances, adaptation of theatres to deaf-blind people and creation of commercially successful inclusive projects.

The workshop is mostly aimed at directors, producers, interpreters, museum workers and sign-language interpreters. Registration is on competitive basis.

To participate in the workshop please fill in the form by the 10 May 2017

Jenny Sealey

Jenny Sealey has been Graeae’s Artistic Director since 1997. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours and became an Artistic Advisor for Unlimited 2012 Festival. 

Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was listed on the Time Out London and Hospital Club h.Club100 2012 list of the most influential people in the creative industries. Since 2012 Jenny has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Drama from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Performing Arts from Middlesex University and a Fellowship at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language, captioning and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre.


Centre of Creative Projects “Inclusion”

Centre of Creative Projects “Inclusion” was created with the support of So-edinenie Foundation. The main goals of the Centre are: development of professional inclusive theatre in Russia and its international showcase, creation of unique theatrical projects, creation of the system of inclusive education, development of “accessible arts” programme in theatres and museums, promoting inclusive arts in its various forms amongst different audiences.

The centre has four fields of development: “Inclusion.School”, “Inclusion.Theatre”, “Inclusion.Museum”and “Inclusion.Laboratory”.

Museum of Russian Impressionism

Opened to the public in May 2016, the museum is located in the Bolshevik Factory, a historical perfume and confectionery complex built in 1887 in Moscow. The museum’s permanent exhibition comprises impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, coming from the private collection of businessman Boris Mints, including paintings by prominent Russian painters  Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov, Stanislav Jukovskiy and Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon and Boris Kustodiev, Pyotr Konchalovsky and Alexander Gerasimov.

The mission of the museum is for Russian art, and Russian impressionism in particular, to become a topic of conversation in Russia and abroad.  The museum has gained the respect of museum community and is a member of ICOM.

Deaf-blind Support Foundation So-edinenie (Connection)

Founded at the panel session of National Council of the Strategic Initiatives Agency under the guidance of the Russian President V.V.Putin So-edinenie procures systematic changes in the field of support and social integration of people with simultaneous impairment of vision and hearing. The mission of the Foundation is to become an intermediate between the world of deaf-blind people and the world of people who can see and hear, develop and unite successful solutions and practices that provide deaf-blind people with an opportunity for self-fulfilment, development and integration into the society.