Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Speaking to and from the history, aesthetics and cultures of disabled people, the newly re-emerging intersectional disability arts movement promotes work by disabled people, work that features disabled people, and work that imagines a disabled audience as primary. Access is not a retroactive accommodation or service, but a creative and generative aesthetic in the work itself. Rather than repeatedly justifying, arguing, and explaining disability to the nondisabled, a loosely connected web of artists in the vanguard of the movement ground themselves in the intersectional politics, histories, cultures, and aesthetics and lived experience of disabled people. Alice Sheppard situates Kinetic Light in this movement and speaks to some of the ensemble’s practices.
About Alice Sheppard
Alice Sheppard trained with Kitty Lunn, performed with Infinity Dance , and then became a core company member with AXIS Dance Company. Sheppard is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a project-based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the intersectional disability arts movement. A USA Artist, Creative Capital grantee and Bessie Award winner, Alice creates movement that engages intersectional disability arts, culture, and history, challenging conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and such journals as Movement Research Performance Journal and Catalyst.
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