Redefining concepts of dance and disability

CLAIRE Cunningham redefines concepts of dance and disability in her highly-acclaimed double bill ME (Mobile/Evolution).
CLAIRE Cunningham redefines concepts of dance and disability in her highly-acclaimed double bill ME (Mobile/Evolution).

Aberdeen audiences are in for a springtime treat when award-winning dancer/choreographer Claire Cunningham performs her highly-acclaimed double bill ME (Mobile/Evolution) at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Saturday, May 7 before heading to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania.

She is the only known female dancer and choreographer on crutches in the world and her exceptional technique, impressive power and charmingly direct Scottish humour leaves no room for argument, redefining concepts of dance and disability.

Presented by RW International Arts and written and performed by Claire Cunningham, in association with Jess Curtis/Gravity, the tour of ME (Mobile/Evolution) is generously funded by Creative Scotland.

ME (Mobile/Evolution) was first produced as a double bill for the Dancebase season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2009, where it was both a popular and critical hit and was awarded a prestigious Herald Angel Award.

It also toured across Europe last summer, including performances in Italy, Germany, Poland and Ireland and, again, to huge critical and popular acclaim.

A biographical and humorous double bill that challenges audience’s ideas of aesthetic, the performance showcases her exceptional dance technique and impressive power, woven from humorous stories about doctors and dancing, bikes and ballet, all threaded together and balanced upon, hanging from, spinning on, and swinging on, crutches.

Any possible sentimentality is undercut with a healthy dose of Scottish sarcasm.

Described in The Herald as “feisty, innovative, radical and witty...this is strong visionary work...It’s hugely, generously entertaining too...full of joy, optimism and sassy spirit” and in The Scotsman as “one of the most joyous and moving things I’ve ever seen”, there has been no shortage of praise for the show.

Tickets for ME (Mobile/Evolution) are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.