Disabled, Empowered and Proud
Barbara Pearson choreographed "Disabled, Empowered and Proud," an original musical celebrating the disabilities civil rights movement. The cast was comprised of six performing artists with and without disabilities. It featured dramatic and comedic vignettes on issues of disability, as well as choreographed numbers featuring wheelchair dancers. This new musical was showcased in CAP Studio in New York City in March, 2000, and was a featured performance at DEED 2000, a national conference addressing the rights of the disabled held in Rochester, NY. Distinguished guests featured John Hockenberry and Ted Kennedy, Jr.
The show was produced by the New York based theatre company, Theatre in
Motion, recognized for its artistic merit and non-traditional casting. The
director/playwright was Leslie Fanelli, founder and Artistic Director of
Theatre in Motion, The lead composer was Lydia Adams. Additional information
and CD's of the music from "Disabled, Empowered and Proud" can be found at