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Azimuth Theatre | Performance Labs

March 8, 2020 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 am

Pay-What-You-Wish at the Door
All welcome

Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Please enter through the Foote Theatre School doors on the south side of the building.

Workshop 1: March 1 – Integrated, Disability and Crip Performance (Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers)

This workshop will focus on an introduction to integrated dance technique (based on improvisation and contact work), as well as disability and crip arts and culture. It will include creative exercises that prioritize accessibility, inclusive design, disability leadership, critical examination of disability narratives in art and culture, and disability as a site of generativity. We will also offer a short piece of choreography that explores the concepts of adaptation and transformation; concepts that can be used in a wide variety of contexts for artistic creation.

Workshop 2: March 8 – Mad Performance Creation (Lindsay Eales)

This workshop introduces Mad performance creation processes that center madness as a site of generativity. For some context, when I refer to “Mad” creation, I am asking what it means to create art while considering the concept of ‘mental illness’ and mental distress as a sociopolitical issue as well as an embodied encounter. This workshop will prioritize the anti-oppressive trauma-informed movement practices of choice, consent and collaboration. We will engage with internal/external sensory and political experiences to generate movement. We will also embody resistance, retreat, reclamation and re-imagination as modes of Mad performance creation.

About the Instructors

Lindsay Eales studies, choreographs, and performs integrated dance, as well as crip Mad video and performance art. As co-artistic director of CRIPSiE (and formerly iDANCE), she has spent the last twelve years creating vibrant movement communities that prioritize the generative possibilities of madness, disability, and queerness. Lindsay recently completed a PhD on Mad performance and anti-oppressive trauma-informed movement practices. Lindsay’s artistic and research interests emerge from her lifelong passion for dance, her training as a certified occupational therapist, her experiences with madness, and her involvement in communities of activism and social justice.

Danielle Peers is a community organizer, an artist, and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Danielle uses critical disability and poststructuralist theories to study disability movement cultures: from the Paralympics, to inclusive recreation, to disability arts. Their research builds on their experiences as a Paralympian, a filmmaker, and a dancer with CRIPSiE (Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton). Danielle is the Director of the Media in Motion Lab, which supports creative methods for producing and sharing knowledges about human bodies in motion.



March 8, 2020
5:00 am - 6:30 am
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Foote Theatre School, Citadel Theatre
9828 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta EdmT5J 3C6 Canada
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