Events

Petra's Events

2022

Our Turtle Disco classes are ongoing: you can check dates and descriptions here.


From September 12 onward till early December, noon each Monday: weekly free Starship Somatics sessions as part of Movement Research



December 7: Disability Portraits symposium, Canadian/Brazilian/US artist/researchers sharing (virtual)


November 17-19, Western University, Canada, Knowledge Creation through Performance residency (in person)


November 16, 10am ET: Eco Soma as part of the Art & Care series (virtual)


November 10, 2-3.15: Audio Description Workshop (virtual), open to the public, EMU, part of the McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair series.


November 3-6, New Orleans (in person): ASTR Conference: Catastrophe. Starship Somatics and Eco Soma Methods Plenary Speaker.


October 24, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago visit (virtual)


October 21-23: Featured Poet at Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark, New Jersey (in person)


October 17-21: Artist in Residence, Wildacres Residency, North Carolina (in person)


October 20, 12-1.30: Ecosomatic Poetry and Performance, guest in K Prevallet's seminar, with Stephanie Heit, New School (virtual)


October 11-14: University of Colorado Colorado Springs residency, dance department, with Starship Somatics public presentation


October 11, Dance Pedagogy Graduate Class visit with Starship Somatics, University of Michigan, part of the Dancing and Writing Disability Differently: Non-Realist Embodiment and the Speculative Imagination series. (in person)


October 10, 3pm: Disability Culture Reading with Stephanie Heit (PSYCH MURDERS), at 27th Letter Books, Detroit


October 6, Michigan State University, Broad Museum of Art: speaker at Art as Social Practice: Technologies for Change book launch


October 4, 5.30-just after sunset: Alternative Knowledges Tour of Eastern Michigan University's campus. Open to the public (in person, outdoors), part of the McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair series.


September 28-30: Eco Soma residency at Alma College, Michigan (in person)


September 22, 2pm: Workshop Sharing of the Starship Somatics: An Invitation dancevideo (in person), Amy Chavasse's Composition class, University of Michigan, part of the Dancing and Writing Disability Differently: Non-Realist Embodiment and the Speculative Imagination series.


September 18, afternoon: book signing at Wayne State University Press stall, Kerrytown BookFest


September 4: Turtle Disco Fall Programming begins. Sign up for the newsletter here.


August 23: Performance as part of Detroit Disability Pride Event (in person)


August 13, 7.30 (in person, outdoors): Workshop Sharing of Starship Somatics Residency, Croft Residency, dancedeck, Horton Bay, Michigan


August 9: Workshop Sharing of the Starship Somatics: An Invitation dancevideo (online), Croft Residency


August 4: Workshop Sharing of the Starship Somatics: An Invitation dancevideo (online), Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts


August 2-15: Starship Somatics: Artist in Residency, with Stephanie Heit and Charli Brissey, The Croft Residency, Up North Michigan (in person)


July 28-31: ATHE Detroit (in person)


July 25, 7pm ET: Neurodiversity and Disability in the Arts panel, Momentum Stage (virtual)


July 16 (postponed, new slot TBC): Featured Speaker as part of ‘Performing Resilience: Re-embodying Wellbeing, Agency and Creative Communities in Higher Education’ (The Creative Corporealities Research Group, Bath Spa University, UK, virtual)


July 11-15: Starship Somatics: Speculative Embodiment as part of Melt/Movement Research (11.30am - 12.30 ET daily, virtual)


July 6-8: Eco Soma at Performance Studies international (virtual)


July 6: Eco-Soma Lecture as part of Disability - Culture - Knowledge. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dis/Ability Cultures, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (virtual)

July: Artist-in-Residence, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine (was going to be in person, declined due to COVID infection)

June 26-30: talk and workshop as part of Sentient Performativities conference (UK, virtual)


June 20-24: IFTR: International Federation for Theatre Research, Iceland (in person)


June 21: NPR radio interview, part of Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella


June 9: Guest at Stetson University's MFA of the Americas


May 27-30: Eco Soma at WisCon (feminist science fiction convention), Madison, WI (in person)


May 24: Visit with Creative Writing Faculty, Susquehanna University, PA (virtual)


May 16: guest visit at UC San Diego, Theatre and Dance Department, "Disability Performance: Culture, Community, Inclusion, and Activism" Speaker Series (virtual)


May 6-7th: present/breath, anchored at 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti, with mini-symposium, and an Eco Soma book reading (in person)


April 23: Eco Soma workshop: "Embodied Practices: Sensory Entanglements" as part of UC Davis Performance Studies Graduate Group Symposium 2022 (in person)


April 21/22: guest visit: UC Davis English Department: Eco Soma talk (in person)


April 14: guest visit: The Environment and the Bodymind: Disability, Race, and Gender in the Anthropocene, Stanford University, Performance Studies (virtual)


April 13: guest visit Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Theatre Studies: Eva Marie Saint Theatre in the Wolfe Center, 12:00 to 3:00 EST (in person)


April 9th: Eco Soma presentation at the Society for Disability Studies conference (virtual)


April 5: guest visit at Eco-Arts class at Laney College, California (virtual)


March 31: University of Iowa (in person), Eco Soma Reading at The Tuesday Agency, 6pm, with Performance Studies workshop the next day, April 1st


March 29: Keynote, Disability Arts Cymru/Ni Chawn Ein Dileu (#WeShallNotBeRemoved, pan-European Disability Connector)


March 23-27: AWP Philadelphia, Contemporary Feminisms Panel (in person), with Megan Kaminski, Vidhu Aggarwal, Stephanie Heit, and Theresa Carmody.


March 16-20: Invited Creative at the 43rd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida: discussing eco soma methods in creative writing and teaching

March 5-11: Writer-in-Residence, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

March 18, 1-2pm EST: ASLE Spotlight: “Public Humanities and Performance.” (virtual)


February 28-March 1: Eco Soma Plenary Presentation at 37th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (virtual)


February 25-27: Moon Botany Workshop, 2022 Authors and Artists Festival: Writing the Land (virtual)


February 22: Podcast: Eco Soma with Petra Kuppers - Conversation with the Art After Nature editors Caroline Picard and Giovanni Aloi


February 22: Host of Crip Movement Lab, Elisabeth Motley and Kayla Hamilton, with Gibney Dance, DanceNYC, and the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies


February 21: Body Language: Poets Wheel, Sing, Fly; with Sarah Rosenthal, Julie Patton, Christina Vega-Westhoff, 6pm EST

January 31: Public lecture as part of the six Dance Research Fellows 2021, New York Public Library. Register for free for link.

January 27: Eco Soma presentation, Goddard College (virtual)

January 21/22: Eco Soma Presentation, Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice, Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, University of Guelph

January 22/23: Presenter at Rising ConFusion, Metro Detroit's Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (panels on 'Geek Guide to Literary Theory; The Horror, The Horror, on current movies; and on Writing and Grief)

January 18, 4.30pm: Crip/Mad Archive Dances recording session, Duderstadt Video Performance Studio, University of Michigan (in person)

January 11: Presenter on Bodyfulness, an international online course on embodiment and somatics: Starship Somatics workshop and lecture.

January 3rd to 7th: MELT/Movement Research: Starship Somatics: Monster Edition.

2021

December 16, noon EDT: Eco Soma Vortrag, Vortragsreihe „Disability Studies im Spannungsfeld aktueller Herausforderungen-Zukunftsperspektiven,“ Transfernetzwerk Soziale Innovation, BODYS (Bochumer Zentrum für Disability Studies)

December 11, 2pm: Turtle Disco goes to .... the Beach. Creativity Tune-up on Jensen Beach, Stuart, Florida

December 10-14: Eco Soma: A Participatory Somatic Experiment for Disabled and Non-Disabled Movers session as part of the Embodiment Conference (free access)

December 4th, EcoPoetics Reading, Desmond-Fish Public Library, Garrison, NY (online), with Mary Newell, A. Anupama, Laurel Anderson, Jennifer Spector, Rebecca Durham, Karen Neuberg, Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers

November 23, 5.30 (CST): Eco Soma Presentation at the School of the Arts Chicago

November 19-21: Invited Presenter, Eco Soma, BodyIQ Somatics Festival, Berlin

November 3: host of book launch, Sex, Identity, Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies. Eds. Jina B. Kim, Joshua Kupetz, Crystal Yin Lie, Cynthia Wu.

October 29, 4-6pm: Crip/Mad Archive Dances Workshop at Bennington College's Non-normative Bodies class.

October 26: Amoeba Workshop for Ecoart Matters class, Laney College, Oakland, California

October 21, 7.30pm EDT: Toronto International Festival of Authors. Moderator of a discussion with Syrus Marcus Ware, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Jen Deerinwater.

October: in residence in New York City, at the Dance Division/New York Public Library, Lincoln Plaza: Crip Mad Archive Dances community score, Wednesday Oct 20, 7pm

October 14-17: Presentation at Dance Studies Association conference, New Brunswick

October 7: Keynote at the 3rd International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts & Education (online).

September 21, 28, Oct 5, 12: Host of Performance Studies international/Community Performance Network series in Constellate, with Asif Majid, Marc Arthur, and Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren

September 16-19: Eco Monsters and Somatic Take-Overs. 4th mini-symposium of the Ecosomatics Series, in person, University of Michigan

September 13, noon: Critical Conversations on "Networks", University of Michigan English Department: Flash talk on Turtle Disco's Pandemic Artifacts from the Zoom Shell publication

September 5th, 1pm CST: Closing day of Examining the State of our Environment, present/breath performance at Evanston Arts Center

August 30th: Visit with Drew University’s Health and Medical Humanities department

August 17-21: New York City, at the Dance Division/New York Public Library, Lincoln Plaza: Crip Mad Dance Archive performance August 19 at 4.30pm, Lincoln Plaza green space

August 2-6: The Gill Club artist residency, with Vidhu Aggarwal, Megan Kaminski and Stephanie Heit, Frankfort, Michigan (including present/breath pop-up performance)

July 26-30: Movement Research/MELT workshop: Starship Somatics. “In this workshop, we will engage our bodymindspirits as portals, as trance-mobiles that honor pasts and jet us toward speculative futures. Over our week together, we will use improvised movement, dream journeys, sounding, writing, and drawing as our transportation devices: firmly grounded in the sensory immediacy of our beds, sofas, floors and windows, and flying wide to honor ways of being of all kinds. All welcome, grounded in disability culture values.” With guest appearance by Gabrielle Civil.

July 9 – Sept 5: participation in Examining the State of our Environment, an exhibit at Evanston Art Center, part of Adero Knott’s and Alpha M. Bruton’s Curatorial Fellowship Exhibit.

June 26: Inner and Outer Landscapes of Disability Culture Performance: Lecture as part of ‘Unthinking Theater,’ Seoul, Korea

June 16: Keynote, Eco Soma, at ‘Re-embodiment and Dis/abilities/Performance and the Repair of Public Space & Collective Ritual,’ Artaud Performance Center and Brunel University London, UK

June 7: The Power of Difference: a conversation between Petra Kuppers and Sydney Erlikh. Part of X Dance Festival, Finland. 10am. Full Video of the Conversation.

June 4: present/breath, participatory drawing action at First Friday Ypsilanti, 22 Gallery North

May 7: present/breath, participatory drawing action at First Friday Ypsilanti, beginning of a year-long community art event

April 26: Finding Ground, Meeting Ourselves: A Circle of Play and Care facilitated by Petra Kuppers, for Brazilian and Canadian Anthropologists, hosted by Western/UFSC International Student Program

April 9, 3pm EST: Spring EcoSomatics Workshop series, Part 4: Edgar Fabián Frías: Intro to Divination Practices for Creatives


April 2, 3pm EST: Spring EcoSomatics Workshop series, Part 3: Meghan Moe Beitiks: Guffaw

March 30, 6pm EST: panelist at the 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival on a panel on Indigeneity and Disability: Futures of Personhood, Care and Consent (part of a minority of non-Indigenous presenters)

March 29: Disability, Performance, and Science Fiction presentation, University of Toronto

March 16: Visit with Rebecca Caines’ Improvisation Class, University of Regina, Canada

March 12, 3pm EST: Spring EcoSomatics Workshop series, part 2: Aimee Meredith Cox: Embodied Poetics

March 2nd, Art-Making in the Anthropocene presentation

February 23, 3pm EST: Spring EcoSomatics Workshop Series, Part 1, with Tomie Hahn: Arousing Sense

January 4th-8th, 5-6pm EST, Home Launch, part of MELT/Movement Research: “In this workshop, we are going to use our familiar home space as a launch pad, a portal, a time- and space-travelling device, and as a trance-inducing campfire. Over our week together, we will use improvised movement, dream journeys, sounding, writing, and drawing as our transportation devices: firmly grounded in the sensory immediacy of our beds, sofas, floors and windows, and yet pointing ourselves into speculative realms, finding fire deep inside our bodymindspirits.”

2020

December 17: American Anthropological Association Webinar Doing/Undoing Disability Ethnography and Performance, 1pm Eastern.

November 21-22: Participation in the Music, Mediation and Disability Conference, with an Amoeba Sounds workshop Saturday 21st at 1.30CT.

November 20th: Dancing Material History presentation, Smith College Dance MFA, 3.15-4.30 Eastern. Full recording on vimeo.

November 5th: Disability Arts & Culture Artist Talk and Workshop, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

November 4th, 7.30-9 EDT: Venti Journal workshop: Amoeba Breaths: Tunnelings

October 30th: Keynote at the Cleveland Symposium in Art History. Online, free and open to the public. All video recordings here: https://arthistory.case.edu/cleveland-symposium

October 26th, 3.30-5.00 EDT: Geopoetics in Practice discussion, with contributors Kimberly M. Blaeser, Angela Rawlings, Patrick Clifford & Tyrone Williams, Tim Cresswell, Angela Last, Stephanie Heit & Petra Kuppers, Chris Turnbull, contributor/co-editor Craig Santos Perez, and co-editors Eric Magrane, Sarah De Leeuw, and Linda Russo. Zoom link

October 24th, 11am EDT: Eco Soma Presentation as part of The Embodiment Conference free and open after registration, available for free for 24 hours.

October 1st: Keynote at Berlin Disability Arts Meet-Up, online: Crip Magic – Behinderung in der künstlerischen Praxis/Disability in Artistic Practice (in German and English). More information about the event and registration (until 17.9.) on this website: https://bit.ly/32DJ34M

September 26: Presentation at EcoSomatics Symposium.

September 15/16: Presentation at Meeting Place, Art Access Australia, online. The 2020 program is curated around the theme ‘Creating Space’ for d/Deaf and disabled artists, whether that be space in community, online, politically or otherwise. I am part of a panel discussion on “Creating space in a new world”, featuring performance artist and academic Petra Kuppers (based in the USA), Melbourne artist Prue Stevenson and Tasmanian designer Duncan Meerding.

May 12th: Yale University, Keynote, Disability and Theatre symposium, 2.30-4 EDT, with a participatory performance element from Gut Botany, Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism.


April 30th, 18.00 CEST (12pm EST, 9am PAC): Presenting Artist in BodyCarthography Project’s event: relational practices + public space + performance. (my short presentation is at min. 45).

A ongoing conversation series for dance and performance makers who have been creating and performing for intimate audiences in public space. How are you considering your practices in light of the current pandemic? Does your work feel more urgent than ever? What new practices are you considering?


Older Events (selection)


April 23rd, 5pm PAC/8pm EST: Video Interview, with Gut Botany participatory performance, full video here: PERFORMING IN VIRAL TIMES

“As makers, how do we create from the truth of this moment? Join Artistic Director Amy Sass & featured guest, Petra Kuppers (Performance Artist, Disability Culture Activist, Educator) for our next installment of Moment 2 Moment as we dive into a discussion about re-thinking art and creative practice.” https://www.raggedwing.org/, full interview (with captions): https://vimeo.com/411752713


April 8: radio interview for WGVU Public Media’s Morning Show (via phone in viral times, so not too clear: but hopefully still accessible)


Solarpunk Speculative Writing Intensive, March 31st to April 2nd, Washington State University (via Zoom), with an opening reading by me, and a closing reading by the fabulous students. Access Copy of the first reading, including course reading list


March 2020: Gut Botany full hour-long presentation/participatory performance: Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Port Townsend site online intensive. Full recording of zoom session.


February 22nd 2020, 1.30-2.30, Ypsilanti Public Library, Michigan Avenue: Dark Fantasy: Ice Bar Reading, and discussion of speculative fiction in social justice work.


MAJOR REORIENTATION DUE TO COVID


February 6th-11th 2020, Guest Artist/Scholar at Western University, Ontario, with Ice Bar/Gut Botany reading February 6th, 3-4.30. Workshop Description:

Disability Culture Performance Workshop Intensive with Petra Kuppers! February 7-9 2020, Western University, Ontario, Friday 11.30 to 4, Sat/Sun 11-4, free.

Calling for disability culture people, experimental anthropologists, and performance folx: Eco-Somatic Score Creation. Let’s meet for a few winter days at Western University, London, Ontario. We will explore different venues on campus and use performance scores to engage in rituals of attention, healing, imagination, beauty, and care. Movement and writing will be our main modalities. Apply to Pam Block: pblock@uwo.ca.


January 21st 2020, 7.15: Gut Botany reading, Goddard College, Haybarn Theatre, Plainfield, Vermont

2019


December 8th, Sunday, 6.30: Taproom Ypsilanti: Frog Island end-of-year reading with all featured readers for 2019


December 5th, 4pm: Ice Bar Reading as part of HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series (Disability Studies, Animal Studies, Popular Culture), Michigan State University


December 2nd: Keynote at Disability Arts and Culture Symposium, Eastern Michigan University (also: visual art exhibits and performance work at the associated exhibit, Way Opens, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti)


November 21st, Hopwood Room, 2.30-3.30, University of Michigan, Zell Writing Program: Writing Aware Q&A on Representing Disability


November 16th: Tendings: (Disabled) Bodymindspirits in Space. Workshop at the National Women’s Studies Association, San Francisco. “This workshop offers an artful space for engagement and resource-sharing, bringing contemporary art-based approaches to bear on sitedness, on our bodies’ interaction with the built environment, on being in space with others, on being interdependent and in caring relations. Petra Kuppers will lead disability culture exercises from the Tendings curriculum, developed with mental health system survivor Stephanie Heit and a range of other allies. Tendings are everyday collaborative practices that combine experiential anatomy, disability culture, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. This practice nourishes activist interdependent energies and pools resources for community building and stewardship of self and the environment.”


October 6th 2019, Frog Island Reading, Ypsilanti


September 2019: Guest Teacher on BFA for Socially Engaged Art, Goddard College, semester theme: Apocalypse, Futurity, and (Re)Making the World


August 2019, Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Reading from Green Orion Woman


August 2019: Dance Studies Association, Gathering for Community Dance


July 2019: Performance Studies international, Calgary, Canada


June 2019: Ice Bar/Solarpunk discussion at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Davis, California


June 2019: ‘Disability Performance Conversations: Circles, Pools, Flows.’ Keynote for the Canadian Theatre Studies Association, with pool workshop


April 2019: Writer guest, Washtenaw Writer’s Studio


February 2019: Ice Bar reading and discussion as part of Animal Studies Work Group, University of Michigan


January 2019: Ice Bar reading at ConFusion, Detroit


January 2019: Ice Bar discussion as part of MLA conference panel on disability and science fiction, Chicago

2018


October 2018: Ice Bar reading as part of Disability and LGBTQ event, University of Michigan


October 2018: Participation in Black Earth Institute Retreat, Wisconsin, as a new fellow


September – December 2018: Salamander, a disability culture underwater video installation, at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan – one of the core inspirations of Ice Bar.


September 2018: Ice Bar at Kerrytown Bookfest


June 2018: Ice Bar: Disability Culture Writing. Proper book launch! Thursday, June 21 7pm Aut Bar Patio, Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor


May 2018: Ice Bar reading at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


May 2018: WisCon! Feminism and Science Fiction Convention. Ice Bar reading as part of Queer Times reading, Michelangelo Sunday night, 10pm


April 2018: Ice Bar at Embodiment and Science Fiction conference, Hamilton, Canada


Ice Bar at Stony Brook University – reading and workshop


Ice Bar at Bluestockings – an evening of lush embodiment and queer/crip storytelling