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Audio Described performances making headlines

Published on Wednesday 26 February, 2014

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Northern Ballet are one of a very few number of dance companies in England to regularly offer audio described performances of their productions for the visually impaired.  Audio description of live performances, like the audio description service on television, describes the action using descriptive rather than technical language, for those who cannot see it.

Over the years I have organised many audio described performances on our tour, and while trying to promote them I have found that most people can understand why a visually impaired person may go to see a musical or a play that is audio described but find it harder to understand how a visually impaired person could enjoy ballet. I've found this article highlights the benefits of audio description for dance, showing that even though ballet is a very visual art form, the description can open this imaginative world to someone with a visual impairment.

The article mentions VocalEyes, the company who deliver our audio descriptions on tour and talks about how audio descriptions can even be useful to people with sight, as it can help you gain a better understanding of the ballet.

How blind people experience dance

Audio described performances this spring


  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Saturday 22 March
  • Hull New Theatre, Saturday 5 April
  • Cardiff New Theatre, Saturday 12 April

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Milton Keynes Theatre, Saturday 24 May

more on Northern Ballet's audio described performances

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