FCDD Annual Fall Lecture

Movement, Somatics, Politics: The Olimpias Performance Work

In this lecture, Petra Kuppers discusses a somatic politics of movement through a focus on work by The Olimpias, a disability culture artists’ collective. How can shared and differentiated modes of embodiment become resonant sites for contemporary social justice work? How can dance intervene into the images and stories we have of each other, and shape new ways of being in community? The lecture will use a range of participatory modes, and introduce you to some of the key concepts of disability culture.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (www.olimpias.org). Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave, 2011, paperback 2013) explores The Olimpias’ arts-based research methods. She is the author of a new textbook: Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2014).