Audio Description For Small Dance Companies
While audio description for people with visually impairment is not a
wholly unknown service in the Bay Area (San Jose-based
frequently describes shows for both
the Curran Theatres in San
Francisco), it hasn’t much penetrated the strata of smaller and more
experimental theater and dance companies. Jess Curtis wants to change that.
Telling While Showing: New Audio Description Services from Jess Curtis/Gravity.
"Through Gravity, [Curtis] hopes to help foster a growing awareness of
accessibility for all—and not just in the larger theaters. In fact, with a
grant from the Haas Foundation, Curtis' company can offer other Bay Area
companies the opportunity to host audio description services at their shows
for a reduced cost through the end of 2019."
Dr. Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger, a Laban Movement Analyst, went to San
Francisco last year to train Jess Curtis and Gravity in audio description
technique. (Posted Aug 13)
[Photo Credit: Meegan Hertensteiner dances in an audio-described
production of Deborah Slater's Solos Lost and Found at SFIAF. (Deborah
Edinburgh Festival: Many Performances With AD
Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers five separate events as part of
Edinburgh Festival. Most run throughout the month. ADA
Scotland provides audio description for many of the events. For a list
of described events, please see the
ADA Scotland AD
Listings page. (Posted Aug 13)
Next Audio Describer Training Class
The next opportunity to be trained or refreshed as an Audio Describer comes
in October. Audio Description Training Retreats is offering two classes:
Level 1 and Level 2, on Lake James, in Nebo, NC. For more information,
visit our Education and Training page.
(Posted Aug 13)
2019 ADP Achievement Award Winners
The following award winners were announced at the ACB Convention
in Rochester, NY, on July 9:
Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts:
Hunter Gullickson, The Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis,
Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description -
Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ.
Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Microsoft/Xbox
- Seattle, WA.
Achievement in Audio Description - Visual Art / Museums / Visitor
Centers: Hannah Goodwin, Museum of Fine Arts
- Boston, MA.
Achievement in Audio Description - International:
Vera Arma, ARTIS Project - Viterbo Area,
Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award
in Audio Description - Research and Development: Dr.
Brett Oppegaard, The UniDescription Project - University
Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio
Description: Jon P. Skaalen - Minneapolis,
Awards Announcement; all previous winners
Honor Roll. (Posted Jul 9)
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Audio Description News
New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
On August 13, 2 new audio described DVDs were released:
All is True;
Avengers: End Game. On August 6, 3 audio described DVDs were released:
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu;
The Curse of La Llorona.
Coming Next Week (Aug 20):
A Dog's Journey; Brightburn; The Hustle; The Tomorrow Man.
Recent Described DVDs:
All is True;
Avengers: End Game;
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu;
The Curse of La Llorona;
Alita: Battle Angel;
Pet Sematary 2019;
The Best of Enemies;
Park; Captain Marvel;
Five Feet Apart;
A Madea Family Funeral;
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden
World; Isn't It Romantic;
Never Look Away;
Fighting with My Family;
Happy Death Day 2U;
See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:
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DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the
top of this page.
Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs
Fridays at 8pm; Wednesday at 9pm (exact schedule unclear).
Flip or Flop, various times.
The UnXplained, Fridays at 10pm.
Straight Up Steve Austin, Mondays at 11pm.
See our Daily
TV Schedule and TV Schedule by Network.
Audio Description for All
Audio narrator Roy Samuelson (NCIS, Bosch, movies) has written
an article entitled
Did You Know Of This Way To Enjoy Movies and TV Shows?.
While he "explains" audio description, he also notes: "While
supporting the blind and low vision community is an integral part
of this work, sighted audiences can also enjoy the benefits
of Audio Description, particularly when commuting, cooking, giving
their eyes a break from staring at a screen, or helping keep track
of multiple characters." Those of us (like your webmaster)
who are spouses or partners of AD users already reap these benefits!
Enjoy the article and share it with those who could benefit.
July 30: Roy has been interviewed in yet another podcast:
Blind Abilities Super Duper Extra: Spider-Man: Far From Home is
Here, And Audio Describer Roy Samuelson Spins His Own Web on
Audio Description. You'll hear excerpts of shows he's
done, some not released yet, and his discussion with a fan of
his work. You may also choose to read a
transcript of the Blind Abilities podcast. You'll find
other podcasts with Roy referenced in
this article from our archives.
July 30: And here's another interesting podcast, though
not with Roy:
How Do You Watch Movies If You Can’t See?. This one is
on Spotify, for which you can get a free subscription. The
producer is "The Be My Eyes Podcast." (Updated Jul 30)