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Back to Back Theatre Coming to Bay Area

Posted in Performance, and Theater

February 5–8, 2020 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Bing Studio, Stanford

$40

Young man in dirty wife-beater sits on a couch by numerous stuffed animals.

Back in 2013 I was lucky enough to attend the Bodies of Work Festival in Chicago. It was jam packed with every kind of disability art—poetry, dance, paintings, theater. I wasn’t able to make it to every event. I was most disappointed to miss the performance of Ganesh vs the Third Reich by Australia’s Back to Back Theatre. I did get to see video clips. It was impressive and unlike any theater I’ve seen in the US. It was dark, humorous, but most of all the disabled actors had meaningful roles. There wasn’t a hint of inspiration porn or condescension. Those of us in the Bay Area have the chance to see them with a new play this February. I can hardly wait.

https://backtobacktheatre.com/projects/ganesh/

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.

(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.