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This week, renowned disability culture activist and performer Petra Kuppers is in the studio with our dancers, exploring concepts related to her Crip/Mad Archive Dances project and 2023/24 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Learn more about Petra’s work and see what she has been up to with AXIS this week through a virtual sharing this Friday Feb. 2nd at 3pm, PT. Zoom sharing will include auto-captions.
Petra Kuppers is disability culture activist and a community performance artist. She creates participatory community performance environments that think/feel into public space, tenderness, site-specific art, access and experimentation. Petra grounds herself in disability culture methods, and uses ecosomatics, performance, and speculative writing to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures.
Petra received a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2022/23 Dance/USA fellowship, the American Society for Theatre Research’s best dance/theatre book award, and the National Women’s Caucus for the Arts’ Award for Arts and Activism.
Her first academic book was Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003). Other books since include The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007), Disability Culture and Community Performance (Palgrave, 2011), and Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (Minnesota, 2022).