The UCLA Disability Inclusion Lab’s Dancing Disability will offer experienced and emerging disabled dance artists from across the world an immersive engagement in disability studies scholarship alongside movement exploration and choreographic inquiry. Participants and their instructors will create a new performance work that challenges “ability paradigms.”
The experimental, weeklong exploration will combine small group study of the histories and social discourses surrounding disability justice, aesthetics and culture with movement exploration and choreography. Participants will engage one another through choreographic study and improvisation sessions designed to expand and deepen action languages while they consider how we represent, look at, transform and challenge ideas about the body, and personhood. At the center of this uniquely designed process is the notion that aesthetic production (dance) can serve as a change agent for the continued progress of disability justice.
The lab will culminate in an informal public sharing at UCLA Kaufman Hall’s black box theater.
Dancing Disability, which will be held annually through 2021, will set the stage for increased recruitment on the part of UCLA’s Dance MFA in the Physically Integrated Dance community. More tangible outcomes of Dancing Disability will include essays and scholarship as well as video documentation.
This project is supported through funding from UCLA's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the School of Arts and Architecture. The Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Undergraduate Education Initiatives are contributing significant in-kind support.