still have a long way to go, especially on television and film,” he reflects. “I
think there should be more opportunities for performers with diverse abilities,
and a spectrum of pathways to also direct and create things. I’m very excited
about the pathways we’re creating in terms of leadership, and making decisions
and being involved in any aspect of creation or art that they want to be.
“In a nutshell, things have improved somewhat, but still … if you look at the State Theatre Company and how many actors over the past 10 years have a disability, even in the wider landscape of Australia, it’s very small.”
In the meantime, No Strings Attached will continue to foster the next generation of performers as it has for the past 25 years. “The show that we just did, we had a group of performers who had never been on the stage before,” he says of the company’s recent ReConnect 2019 showcase in November.
amazing for them, but also their families. Without even thinking about it, some
families might have limitations that they put on someone based on what they
think is possible.” Seeing a loved one perform and express themselves onstage,
Zavarce explains, is a powerful way of both highlighting and shattering such
are so complex, and through this expression we can show the whole diversity of
not only ability, but gender and culture and all of those things… I think the
beauty of the company is how all of that disappears. It’s all about the art,
and the people creating the art.
“At the end you realise that what we sometimes might think divides us, is actually very small in comparison to what unites us as human beings.”