A Helping Dance in Honolulu, Hawaii: preparing for dancers to enter and ask for what care ritual they'd like.Three people using crutches and aspects of the street (such as a fire hydrant) to move through space, an Asylum Project dance in NYCAn Asylum Project dance at Judson Church: a group of people swirling in a spiral of influenceIn a social somatic in Light Box, a performance space in Detroit: a braid of people breathing togetherWEFT performance at Laney College: a dance action to witness the hands who have touched our garments before they touched usA Helping Dance in Washington, DC, a group of people holding each other and moving as a care community

Petra Kuppers

Let's delight in our beautiful bodymindspirits.

Community and Participatory Performances, Disability Culture Dance: An Invitation

Current Participatory Performance Projects (2022)

Crip/Mad Archive Dances (New York City/Lincoln Center and elsewhere): crip culture archive work

Starship Somatics (virtual) - somatics, environmental work, politics and speculative approaches

Earlier 2021/2022 projects:

Amoeba Dances (virtual and in-person) - crip culture heritage, pain/dance work

present/breath (Ypsilanti, Michigan; Frankfort, Michigan; and Evanston, Illinois): drawing and performance in response to the pandemic

ongoing classes:

Turtle Disco (somatic writing studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan/Three Fires Confederacy Territory, co-led with Stephanie Heit, virtual and local events, sign up for the newsletter here)

Starship Somatics, Tuesdays at 11am ET, online through Movement Research, from mid-September through to December (link forthcoming)

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This website is a COVID-era reboot. For projects from Petra's first 30 years of disability culture dance and performance practice, see (now static and 80s looking) The Olimpias site.