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Nadenh Poan, a Cambodian male wheelchair dancer frozen in a gravity-defying headstand. A haze of golden light spills around him as he throws his left arm forward to the camera, balancing only on the side of his head and right arm, his lightweight black manual chair lifted above him. He wears a light gold satin corset with braces that he stretches and extends away from him, wrapping one around his extended left arm. Photography by Chris Parkes.

Festival: Unlimited at the Southbank Centre London

4 - 8 Sep 2024

Southbank Arts Centre, Belvedere Rd, London

Celebrating the artistic vision and creativity of disabled artists.

Unlimited is a multi-artform festival showcasing outstanding dance, performance, comedy, music, poetry and visual art by artists with a disability. This biennial festival is a showcase for the ambitious creative projects produced by artists with a disability and companies that span across the arts and include new commissions, existing work and bespoke one-off events.

The 2024 programme features a stellar line-up of performers and companies exploring themes from the profound to the satirical, including gaslighting, mental health, parenthood, loss, (im)mortality – and surviving the apocalypse. Expect laugh-out-loud humour, thought-provoking theatre and dance, and inclusive club nights across the five-day programme.

This year’s festival boasts some of the UK and Europe’s most exciting new work, including London premieres of Stopgap Dance Company’s Lived Fiction and Touretteshero’s Burnt Out in Biscuit Land, plus award-winning theatre company Flawbored’s It’s a Mother F**king Pleasure and a new commission by Abnormally Funny People. And keeping the energy up around the clock, Disco Neurotico brings its first neurodiverse club night to London, alongside Deaf Rave’s multidimensional dancefloor.

Serious, subversive, sweaty and joyful, the events in Unlimited 2024 flip narratives around disability on their heads and turn the spotlight on sensational storytelling from some of the most talented stand-ups, writers, artists and performers in the industry.

Unlimited festival has been presented at the Southbank Centre since 2012, working in partnership with the Unlimited commissioning fund, who commission extraordinary work by artists with a disability. Their mission is to do so until the whole of the cultural sector follows suit.

Unlimited includes work by artists who identify as being disabled, D/deaf, neurodivergent and those experiencing chronic illness, mental health conditions and more. Unlimited understand that different people prefer different terminology and subscribe to the social model of disability.

For more information, visit southbankcentre.co.uk.

FlawBored: It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure. A scathing satire on the monetisation of identity politics that spares no-one, from theatre company FlawBored.

Touretteshero: Burnt Out in Biscuit Land
With the world in chaos, three neurodiverse inhabitants of an apocalyptic bunker try to survive

The sensual choreography of Lived Fiction, from internationally revered dance company Stopgap, invites you to experience dance from multiple perspectives. Dancers Emily and Nadenh during a duet. Emily, a non-disabled east asian woman lays on her back and calmly embraces Nadenh, a wheelchair dancer, lifting him and supporting his back as he balances in a headstand. Photography by Chris Parkes.

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