Movement Making for people with disabilities
Join me on Monday evening to talk about performing as a nonbinary person - how my gender has shaped my work and vice versa. I'll be showing some excerpts from A Singular They, including the evolution of the oldest work in the show from 2014-present, during which time quite a lot of gender has happened to it. We'll talk about what it's like to choreograph through transition and to make choices in presentation as a nonbinary person in a distinctly binary world.
Alice Sheppard's work as a choreographer, thinker and leader within the field of Disability Arts opens up new understandings of the moving world — a world in which access is both equitable and artistically aesthetic. For this virtual workshop, the Hop has connected Alice Sheppard with Eugene Korsunskiy, a specialist in design thinking and hands-on learning. The two will interweave movement exercises, embodied experiments and reflection, bringing knowledge and questions from their related fields into conversation.
When change is who you are, who are you?
I've been working on this question for the last two years. A Singular They is some of the answer, in the form of a solo show for ground, aerials, and mobility apparatus. The works engage elements of identity and embodiment in a mosaic self-portrait, including an outsider's approach to masculinity, the way time changes with chronic pain, and what it's like to find freedom. It features pieces co-choreographed with Christal Brown, Nicole Dagesse, Polly Motley, NEVE, and Noah Witke Mele.
Recent owner and director of 2INSPIRE Dance LLC, and SynRgy Dance Company, Rose Bedard is a native Vermonter who offers dance classes, choreography, artistic direction, private lessons and more to studios and communities in the surrounding area. She has just completed her 3rd year at the Flynn Performing Arts Center where she teaches hip hop and jazz as well as being part of the education team for their Student Matinee Series.