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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

WRY CRIPS—FDR Drag Show

Posted in Disability Art, Disabled Artist, Performance, and Theater

Regan Linton andM. Graham Smith
in Association with Wry Crips presentThe FDR Drag Show

An Evening of Cabaret, Performance and Adult Beverages

Performed by Regan LintonMichaela GoldhaberMarie JenkinsAfi Tiombe KambonCiara Lovelace, and Patty Overland

September 27–29, 2019

The Costume Shop Theater


This interactive, historical drag dramedy created by Regan Linton and M. Graham Smith utilizes non-traditional representations of identity—including gender, race, and physicality—to turn the conventional understanding of disability on its head. Focusing on a Roosevelt cocktail hour (Roosevelt-termed “children’s hour”), it will bring the audience in an intimate nightclub setting face-to-face with the visceral, vibrant realities of crippledom and leadership.

Think one hour with strangers who become friends, exploring cocktails and braces, swimming pools and hand jobs, New Deals and marital dances.

As part of the evening, Berkeley’s Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre Group will present a short play Wry Crips Occupy! telling the story of the women who organized the 504 Sit-in and occupation of the federal building in San Francisco for 24 days until they pressured Washington to enact Section 504 the first civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.

Estimated Runtime
80 minutes with no intermission

sliding scale for tickets $15-$45

tickets available: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328104

Please refrain from using scented products.

Wry Crips Occupy is supported by a CASH grant from Theatre Bay Area and by DREDF

Hope to see you there.

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.