British Sign Language
British Sign Language Songs
by Vilma Jackson
Additionally, she translated mainstream songs into British Sign Language. In her efforts to bring music to the Deaf community, she aims to make it more accessible and enjoyable for them. The purpose of her demonstration is to show how music can be expressed using British Sign Language. Signed songs are not a performance to be solely enjoyed by a Deaf audience, but an alternative interpretation of an artist's material. There should be no restriction on who can enjoy them.
'Dear Hearing World' is a short film directed by Adam Docker, based on Raymond Antrobus’ poem by the same name. The film blends Raymond’s spoken words with music and deaf actress Vilma Jackson’s powerful and thought-provoking performance in British Sign Language with striking urban London scenes.
This important work calls out ‘audio supremacy’ and asks us to acknowledge the deaf protagonist’s defiant indignation at their treatment by the hearing world. The poem 'Dear Hearing World' is partly inspired by Danez Smith and is from Raymond Antrobus’s critically acclaimed debut poetry collection 'The Perseverance'.
Dear Hearing World
Produced by Red Earth Studio
British Sign Language Mainstream Attention Diversity Deaf Community
Awareness Inclusion Talent
Woman's Hour - Her Ghost
For their hit video, Her Ghost, Vilma was chosen to represent the popular and world-renowned group Women's Hour.
Vilma was selected to 'sign' the song and translate the beautiful lyrics into British Sign Language. She created a 'performance' that perfectly captured the power of these melancholic lyrics and complimented the feel and look that Woman's Hour wanted.
Rough trade had this to say; Placing the heart-wrenching vocals of Fiona Burgess against an intricate backdrop of expertly-crafted electronic textures, the new song finds its power through restraint with the band's attention to the smallest of details reflected in the richness of the end result. At once achingly subtle and breathtakingly powerful in its melodic display, 'Her Ghost' is testament to a band fully in command of their unique identity and sound.