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(In)Visible

Posted in Dance, Disabled Artist, Performance, and Theater

Gravity’s “(in)Visible” explores how non-sighted audiences can experience dance.

Making dance performances accessible to the non-sighted is an endeavor many ballet companies have begun to embrace by offering live narration and preshow touch tours.

For Jess Curtis, thinking about dance for the non-sighted is not just a challenge but also an opportunity to de-center sighted existence and open up new experiences of reality. That’s what he’s done in “(in)Visible,” developed in consultation with UC Berkeley professor of disability studies Georgina Kleege; philosopher Alva Noë; and blind art critic, essayist, artist and photographer Gerald Pirner.

Performed by an international cast of six dancers — some blind, some visually impaired and some sighted — “(in)Visible” guides the audience into new modes of consciousness through singing, dancing, whispering and feeling. Saturday’s show will also include American Sign Language interpretation. Developed in both San Francisco and Berlin, “(in)Visible” won a competitive MAP Fund grant for new work, no surprise to those who have long appreciated Curtis’ thoughtful and vulnerable boundary-pushing.

“(IN)VISIBLE”: Jess Curtis/Gravity. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 10-13. $10-$30. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F. 415-626-2060. www.jesscurtisgravity.org/invisible

Alice Sheppard Dance Comes to the Bay Area

Posted in Art, Dance, Disability Art, Disabled Artist, Museums, News, Performance, and Theater

The San Francisco Chronicle had an extensive article about wheelchair user Alice Sheppard. The article announced Sheppard has been selected as a United States Artists 2019 Fellow and her newest dance performance Pas De Deux: Robots as Our Partners is at the Exploratorium, Thursday, May 16, 8:30 pm, and Saturday, May 18, 1:00 pm.

Alice Sheppard
Alice Sheppard smiling and wearing work gloves.

Two dance-related opportunities: Dance & Disability Affinity Group conference call & Research Sessions

Posted in Dance

Greetings DisArts Bay Area followers, two great opportunities related to integrated dance are happening now: 1) RSVP for the Dance & Disability Affinity Group Conference Call 2) Researchers at UC Santa Cruz are looking for participants