How can the disabled body be empowered to redesign space and redefine time for itself in order to get what the body and mind need? How can we bring the wholeness of our body-minds into the space we share and dance as a catalyst of our individual needs and need for collective care?
This research lab was conceived by Dan Daw with Kitty Fedorec and Tanja Erhart to offer a space for artists who identify as Crip, D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent. Led by Kitty and Tanja, the group will explore what happens if they try to centralise care by looking at what satisfies a collective of bodies in space and time.
By diving into each other’s lived experiences and sharing tools or life-hacks, we can offer a playground for our desires of belonging and our longings to create space for pleasures of what makes us feel good, happy, joyful, content, satisfied and even free. This research space is all about collectively holding rather than filling space, and finding new ways of being together.
Kitty Ray Harper Fedorec is a performer and creator, bringing together movement, live art, queercore music and noise. Her work makes spaces and experiences that reach for a place of shared catharsis through the exploration of ritualistic urges. Kitty’s practice comes from a place of unashamed queerness, neuro-divergence, chronic and mental illness.
Tanja Erhart (she/her), born in Austria and based in London, identifies as a crip – chronically ill and physically disabled – dance artist and cultural anthropologist. She creates her own work, teaches, choreographs, holds lectures & talks about disability, ableism and dance at various events and performed in pieces by Claire Cunningham, Michael Turinsky and Candoco Dance Company worldwide. Currently she is exploring movement practices of her three different bodyminds – onelegged, with her wheelchair or threelegged with her crutches – and pleasure activism in dance and disability justice, focusing on access, care and dismantling ableism.