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American musical Still Standing to share secrets of survival to people in Seoul Updated: 2019-12-05 07:02:58 KST

American Actress Anita Hollander has been through a lot in her life.

In 1977, Hollander was diagnosed with cancer, went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and at just 26 years old, she had her leg amputated.
As a theatrical performer, she decided to talk about her struggles through acting, challenging misconceptions about actors with disabilities.

In her solo musical Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life's Catastrophes, Hollander conveys the secrets of her persistence through original songs.
And she does it with humor, which makes her a powerful disability activist as well as life coach.

"Messages are getting much easier when you are laughing. They laugh, they learn, and I think that's how we get through stuff by humor… great message for people with disabilities but everyone's got something."

From December 5th to the 7th, Hollander will perform the musical at the Korea Disability Arts and Culture Center Ieum, located in Seoul's theatrical hub Daehakno.
This local-foreign collaboration is expected to offer a rare chance for people to experience a critically acclaimed overseas performance,while taking away valuable life lessons.

The organizer has also invited prominent disability arts activists from other countries who will exchange views on ways to strengthen the industry.

"There's misperception that disability means charity or less professional… push down that stereotype and break through those walls and say "we have disabilities but we are just as professional and incredible and hard working as anyone else."

And South Korea also gives them much inspiration to take home.

"Leadership here allows people with disabilities to speak for themselves and represent themselves, and often that doesn't happen yet in the U.S."

The two-week international showcase will also feature Australian musical Forgot to Remember to Forget from December 11th to the 14th.

“This kind of event gives artists from different backgrounds a chance to showcase their talent, while changing people's conception of disabilities through the arts.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News."
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