Corali’s strong proven methodology of artistic collaboration and our embedded experience makes us a leader in dance-performance created by artists with learning disabilities.
Our dancer-performers are at the heart of all our artistic activity, and our authenticity comes from their understanding of the world, wonderful uniqueness and talent.
Corali always seeks new contexts for its work, to explore how dance can fit with other events and situations. It is our ambition that our dancer-performers with learning disabilities are accepted as offering a vital and equal contribution to contemporary arts on a mainstream platform. To support us in this ambition we have developed strong, exciting and long-term partnerships with prestigious arts venues, such as Tate Modern, Sadler’s Wells and Ovalhouse.
Click here to see our recent newsletters and information.
Corali has two main strands of activity (click on the word to go to that page):
Corali devise and tour original performance work made by a core group of permanent company members (who have a learning disability) and artistic collaborators. Corali is best known for its site-specific performances and for its partnerships with high profile venues such as Tate Modern and The South Bank Centre.
Corali delivers a full engagement programme that provides outreach, education and training in a range of settings such as special schools, colleges, youth clubs and arts institutions. This programme includes Arts Award courses, choreographic mentoring, and placements.
You can download Corali’s most recent annual reports and accounts by clicking on the link below:
You can download Corali’s most recent Newsletters by clicking on the link below:
Click here to download Corali’s most recent Business Plan – called A Vision for Corali
Set up in 1989 Corali is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee based at Ovalhouse in Lambeth. It has an annual turnover of around £100, 000. Two part-time staff run the Company, the Artistic Director (Sarah Archdeacon), and the Participation Officer (Andrea Gerrett), with the help of regular office volunteer, Bethan Kendrick, (who has a learning disability). A 5-strong Board of Directors oversees the Company and a committed team of 5 freelance educationalists and regular volunteers facilitates its project work. There are seven permanent performers with learning disabilities. Click here to view the team.
Corali originated in a Day Centre in Southwark and was founded by one of the centre’s social services workers, Virginia Moffat. At that time Corali was a casual dance group, formed as a result of the clients’ interest and enjoyment of dance and the arts. The name Corali is an anagram of the first letters of the original company members’ names.
It was clear that the company was very committed, and developed a reputation for engaging and entertaining shows. In 1991, the company received an initial grant of £6,000 from Charity Projects and the company moved away from the day centre and set up independently, based in an office at a local community centre. It was also at this time that Virginia left the company to pursue her own career and she handed over the baton to Sarah Dawson and Susan Norwood (as Director and Choroegrapher respectively).