At the end of March Hansel and Gretel was the theme at Springwood Heath Primary School in Liverpool, giving pupils a week of creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairy tale.
Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq is a Deaf British born Muslim artist based in London. As a graduate from the prestigious St Martins College studying Fine Art and Goldsmiths University in London, she has been exhibiting her work since 1992 in America, Sweden, Paris, Canada, and the UK but to name a few places.
At my performance opportunity last month I wanted to show the audiences my relationship with music; how British Sign Language (BSL) can influence my thoughts for interpreting music. There’s colour, speed, direction, dynamics, emotions and so on already in BSL that automatically influences the way I sound on the flute.
Last month I was involved with a few others on a research and development project (R&D) in London led by Japanese musician Nao Masuda. It was an experimental process that looked into ways of visually describing rhythm and notations through the use of Sign Language and physical movement.
I was thrilled when I received an email earlier this year informing me that I’d been selected to be part of the Deaf Explorers project supported by Arts Council UK and Deaf Cultural Centre in Birmingham. I am one of six along with other professional deaf artists. Other artists were in the field of poetry, theatre,…