Petra's Events


Weekly from February 2024 till June 18 2024: free Starship Somatics sessions as part of Movement Research, Tuesdays 11am ET (virtual)

Every month: Kaffeeklatsches (artists' check-ins) and Crip Magics (evenings of [disability culture] poems/videos and generative writing), see Turtle Disco

September 25, 6:30 pm, Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch: Reading and discussion of Diver Beneath the Street, with Shelley Manis (in person). Some preliminary info

September 15, 12pm PT (3pm ET): MakerMentorMuse Poetry Reading/Film Screening, with Sarah Rosenthal and Val Witte (virtual)

September 4-6, TaPRA, Theatre and Performance Research Association UK: sound, voice, music working group (virtual)

August 25, Eco Soma Methods and Media Arts talk, WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog) Art and Education Series, 7pm ET (virtual)

August 25, JOOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, University of KwaZulu Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, Starship Somatics workshop, 4.15-5pm South African time (virtual)

August 1-3, ATHE/Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference, Atlanta, with Planting Disabled Futures session in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (in person)

July 22-26, daily at 12pm-1pm EDT: Planting (Disabled) Futures, as part of Movement Research's MELT season (online)

July 21, 12pm-12.45pm: Diver Beneath the Street Book signing, Detroit Festival of Books, Wayne State University Press table at the Eastern Market, Detroit (in person)

July 20, 11am-12.30: Turtle Disco Goes…! Crip Drift with the Huron River with Petra [in person, outside, free]

Riverside Park, 2 E Cross St., Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Join Turtle Disco for a delicious meditative Crip Drift by the river! Crip drifts are methods for moving through the world and living with pain: touching, being-with, sensing for contact, with contamination and toxicity, with joy and aliveness, with flow and elements. Our actions will be small and gentle: a form of walking or sitting meditation, appropriate to your bodymindspirit, a communal humming, some writing or drawing.

What to bring: No experience necessary. Bring any writing/drawing materials you desire. Wear clothing to gently move in, maybe a yoga mat or a towel to lie down on, or a deck chair. We’ll likely go into town together afterward for lunch, for those who wish.

July 11, 7pm. Join Petra along with UM Indigenous Studies professor Bethany Hughes and Hinterlands co-director Liza Bielby for a discussion of Performance and American History, in conversation with the recent Thank you for Coming production The Cowboy is a Tombstone at the Play House, 12657 Moran Street, Detroit

June 28-29: Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island screens as part of the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, University Art Museum, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

June 27-30: Becoming Fossil screens online as part of the International EcoPerformance Film Festival.

June 22: Crip/Mad Archive Dances film screens as part of the Accessibility and Environment film festival, Bristol, UK. Thank you for giving our film the Judges' Feature Documentary Honorary Mention!

June 20-23: presentations at PSi #29 (Performance Studies international) (in person)

Ritual: from Poetic to Practical (and Back), co-led with Brian Lobel, Thursday 2-4, Chancellor's Hall/Senate House

Convener of Community Performance Working Group, Saturday 10am-1pm, Hoxton Hall, May Scott Studio

Petra Kuppers joins Chiara Bersani for a post-show Q&A following the 16:30 performance of L'Animale at the London International Festival of Theatre. Saturday, 16.30, Old Bailey, Grand Hall.

Crip Drift, Sunday, 1pm: Crip Drift at Tavistock Square Garden, assemble in front of Virginia Woolf's statue.

Crip/Mad Archive Dances: Community Performances with/in the Archives, Sunday 2-3.30, G21A, Senate House (winner of Calgary Artistic Research Award)

June 19, short presentation on Planting Disabled Futures at Probing XR’s Futures: Design Fiction, Bodily Experience and Critical Inquiry, Zurich, Switzerland (online) 

June 15, 3pm: Crip Drift by the Huron River, as part of Ann Arbor 200/AA District Library Digital Projects (in person). 

Join Turtle Disco for a delicious meditative Crip Drift by the river! Crip drifts are methods for moving through the world and living with pain: touching, being-with, sensing for contact, with contamination and toxicity, with joy and aliveness, with flow and elements. Our actions will be small and gentle: a form of walking or sitting meditation, appropriate to your bodymindspirit, a communal humming, some writing or drawing. Turtle Disco will create a visual/written/videoed memory document out of our experiences, to be part of the Ann Arbor 200 Display at

Our assembly point is outside the Michigan Men’s Boathouse, on Lake Shore Drive, off Main Street, part of the Washtenaw Border to Border Trail, by the side of the Huron River. There’s a public car park, and we’ll assemble by the deck that reaches out over the river at 3pm. 

1 hour duration. No experience necessary. Bring clothing to gently move in, maybe a yoga mat or a towel to lie down on, or a deck chair. No bathrooms on site - we'll likely go into town together afterward for a coffee or tea. You can just show up, but it would be great if you'd let us know that you are coming: contact

June 5, noon PT: Crip/Mad Archive Dances: Brownbag Talk at the Huntington Library, Archive and Gardens

May 30 - June 30: Becoming Fossil screens as part of CINEFESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE ECOPERFORMANCE, São Paulo/Brazil (our screening is on June 1st, 8pm) - both in person and online. Additional screenings at various touring sites of the ecoperformance film festival: Brown University/Providence (June 4-6), Bucharest (June 11-14), Pinamar, Argentinia (June 7-9) and online (June 27-30).

May 30-June 2: Virtual participant at StokerCon 

"Fear Becomes Words Becomes Poetry" panel, moderator: Linda Addison, panelists: Jamal Hodge, Ai Jang, Petra Kuppers, John Edward Lawson, Katherine Quevedo, Angela Yuriko Smith. Also: poetry reading from Diver Beneath the Street (virtual)

May 20-June 7: Fellow at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, with multiple community performance engagements in the gardens (in person)

As part of her fellowship, Petra will run participatory crip drifts in the Gardens. She would be glad for people to come out and play with her - book an afternoon slot ( Dates: Wed, May 22nd, Tues, May 28, Wed May 29, Mon June 3 and Tue June 4. See also this 12 min podcast on crip drifts.

May 17, 7pm, Ann Arbor: True Crime Night reading, with Christine Hume and Antoinette M. James, at Booksweet (in person)

May 9, 4-5pm UK time: Crip/Mad Archive Dances presentation for the Graduate Research in Theatre (GRiT) seminar series, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre (virtual)

May 9, 1pm ET: Crip/Mad Archive Dances presentation in Land Based Learning Through Creativity class, York University, Canada (virtual) 

April 24, 2.30-4: Open Studio Day, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France. Presentation of Becoming Fossil and Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island, with Q+A.

April 17, 3pm: Crip Tree Dérive, Cassis Harbor, Provence, France - a participatory live performance (in person)

April 10: Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island screens as part of Candid: Interdisciplinary Arts Festival/MoonPlay Cinema at Open Book in Minneapolis 

April 9-11: Crip/Mad Archive Dances Experimental Documentary screens at the International Screendance Festival at the Salt Lake Film Society (virtual participation)

April 6: Crip/Mad Archive Dances Experimental Documentary at Innovations in Disability and Dance: Reaching Back, Moving Forward. National Dance Educators' Organization day-long conference (virtual)

Throughout April: The 'Fungi Moves' poem (from Diver Beneath the Street) is part of PoetTreeTown: Ann Arbor April Poetry Month, with a broadside and a local public display

March 26-31: Becoming Fossil runs in competition as part of the 62nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Screening online and in person Saturday March 30 at 3.30pm ET in the Michigan Theatre Main Auditorium (both in person and virtual)

March 24, 2pm Pacific Time: Crip’d Ecologies: Eco Poetic Dance Films (Petra Kuppers, Stephanie Heit and Charli Brissey, and Cynthia Ling Lee), virtual, contact me for Zoom link

March 23-28 : Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island runs as part of the Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. 

March 19, 6.30-7.30 pm ET: Sweetland Writer to Writer event: "Sweetland's Writer to Writer series lets you hear directly from University of Michigan professors about their challenges, processes, and expectations as writers and also as readers of student writing. Each semester, Writer to Writer pairs one esteemed University professor with a Sweetland faculty member for a conversation about writing." (virtual)

March 10: Becoming Fossil screens as part of Crip'd Ecologies: Unfurling Expanded Environments, Root Division, San Francisco (in person)

March: Release of Starship Somatics: An Invitation videopoem in Poetry, by the Poetry Foundation.

February 27 to May 6: Camargo Foundation Fellow, Cassis, France (in person)

February 7-10: AWP Kansas City. Official launch of Diver Beneath the Street poetry collection (in person). Discount code for orders through Wayne State University Press: RDiver for 20% off

February 2 2024, 3.00-3.30 PM Pacific: Workshop Sharing: Crip/Mad Archive Dances (online). Petra is in residency with the AXIS Dance Company for this week. 

February 2, 9.00-10.30 AM PT: Terrestrial Crip Drift workshop, UC Berkeley Art Practice Department (in person)

February 1st, 5.30-6.30 PM PT: Crip/Mad Archive Dances: A Participatory Lecture/Performance/Screening. Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, UC Berkeley Art Practice Department (in person)

January 31st, 7.30-8.30pm ET: Diver Beneath the Street Reading for Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. 

Friday, January 26, 7 PM, Diver Beneath the Street Reading, with Naomi Ortiz and Stephanie Heit, at the Spark Collective Performance Space, Tucson, Arizona, organized by Sonorous Anchorite (in person). Video of the hour-long Disability Culture reading.

January 19/20: Piper Center’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, Arizona State University, with Jennifer Bartlett. Diver Beneath the Street Reading (Fri, Jan 19, 7.30pm) and Worldings and Speculations workshop (Sat, Jan 20, 9.30am-1.00) (in person)

January 6, 5pm ET: Lit Balm Reading (virtual): JT Barbarse, Alex Cigale, Lynn Levin, Martin Ott, Petra Kuppers, and Dennis Maloney


Weekly till December, 2023: free Starship Somatics sessions as part of Movement Research, Tuesdays 11am ET (virtual)

Every month: Kaffeeklatsches (artists' check-ins) and Crip Magics (evenings of [disability culture] poems and generative writing), see Turtle Disco

December 15-17: Venice International Performance Art Week (in person), presentation of Becoming Fossil video as part of DigiLABAiR; plus opening performance: Terrestrial Crip Drift: Venice, December 15, Palazzo Mora.

December 3: The Goose Reading: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada, new issue reading, 3pm ET (virtual)

December 2/3: Both Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (videodance) and Becoming Fossil (videodance) run as part of Together! Disability Film Festival, London, UK, with online screenings here.

November 30, 4.30-6: Building Community With Disabled And Non-Disabled Dancers, workshop for New York City Public School Dance Educators (virtual)

November 28: Disability Culture Impulz Vortrag, Goethe-Institute Mailand, 9am ET (virtual)

November 22: Lesbians WriteOn workshop visit: Diver Beneath the Street: An Embodied Writing/Making Workshop (virtual)

November 20-30: Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (videodance) runs first in live screenings and then virtually in the International Portrait Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

November 17: Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (videodance) presentation for the Environmental Humanities group (online)


November 17: Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (videodance) at the Traces Film Festival as a gallery installation, 1:30-4:30p at Kresge Hall in the Art Department at Northwestern University, Evanston

November 15, 4pm ET: McClatchy Disability Employee Resource Group poetry reading (virtual)

November 13, 5.30 ET: Visit in Arts-Based Research Graduate Class, EMU (virtual)

November 10-13: online screening dates for Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (videodance) with the Film Collective Short Film Festival, Disability Film selection

November 8: Visit in Queer Ecology class, University of Kansas (in person)

November 6-11: Virtual International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, invited creative. Mixed Poetry/Ficton Reading with Alyx Dellamonica and Chinelo Onwualu: Monday 6, 1-2pm ET, (virtual)

November 3: ASLE Spotlight moderation: Collaboration and Community, 2.30-3.30 ET, online. Featured guests: Mildred Barya, The Animals of My Earth School; Ching-in Chen and Cassie Mira, Breathing in a Time of Disaster; Ursula Heise and Chi Pham, Environment and Narrative in Vietnam; Naomi Ortiz, Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice 

October 30-November 1: The Ohio State University Eco Soma residency (in person): lecture, Starship Somatics workshop, class visits, Terrestrial Crip Drift Film Screening

October 24, 7.30, University of Utah, Union Theatre: Disability Currents screening of Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island, commissioned by the Disability History Handbook in collaboration with the National Park Services (in person).

October 16-20: Queer Dance Improvisation Residency with pateldanceworks, Oakland, California (in person)

October 18th onward (till late December): Dance/USA 2023 Virtual Conference. Crip/Mad Archive Dances: A Participatory Process Invitation (virtual)

October 11-12: EMPAC/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Sanctuary for Independent Media residency. (in person)

October 4-7: Black Earth Institute Residency, Wisconsin (in person)

October 3-5: Art-Reach Conference (Arts, Disability, Culture): Disability History and Public Interpretation panel, with Perri Meldon, Rachel D'Agostino and Nicole Belolan. Workshop Presentation of Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island video (virtual panel).

September 29, Room Project Reading: The Hopkins Review Walk Folio Launch, The Room Project, Detroit, 6pm, 6513 Woodward Avenue. Co-editors Anna Maria Hong and Christine Hume will introduce readings by Petra Kuppers, Caryl Pagel, and Cindy Juyoung Ok, three contributors to Traversals: A Folio on Walking, recently published in The Hopkins Review. I'll read from Starship Somatics. [in person]

September 19, 11am: start-up of Starship Somatics sessions as part of Movement Research, Tuesdays (virtual)

September 11-14: Co-Dreaming: Improvisation toward Liberatory Worlding Symposium with Bhumi Patel, Julie B. Johnson, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Mary Bunch, Rebecca Caines, John Campbell, Jennifer Lickers, Stephanie Heit and Charli Brissey, Michigan (in person)

September 12, 6.30, Duderstadt Video Studio: Co-Dreaming Public Video Screening with movement (live, and live streamed)

September 7:  Disability Culture Stumbling with History: Eco Soma Methods. Keynote Provocation for the Dance Studies Association - New Mobilities "on the turn"? Symposium, London, UK (virtual)

September 5, 8pm ET: On Rivers. Poetry reading from About Place Journal (virtual)

August 9-15, Our Aqueous Ancestors and Unfurling Ecologies of Abundance With Aqueous Beings Residency, Blue Mountain Center, New York (in person, organized by moira williams)

August 8, Tiresias presentation in Intersections of Gender and Disability in Classical Literature class, Amanda Kubic, Comparative Literature Department, University of Michigan (virtual)

July 26-28, 11.30am-1pm ET, Movement Research MELT: Crip/Mad Archive Dances.

Who does your bodymindspirit honor when you move, sing, write? Who supports you in impersonal energetic embrace? Who reaches to you? To whom do you reach? Let's explore how we can enact gratitude for obscure archives, honor our own archival presence, and thrive in the life of one another. Let’s experience how historic investigations can help us in our own dancerly lives. We will use dance witnessing, gestures, durational pressure, movement transmission, divination procedures, doodling, and writing as tools to explore glimpses of crip/mad dancers of the past, to support all our presents and futures. All bodymindspirits welcome. (virtual)

July 9-13, ASLE/Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Portland, Oregon (in person)

June 18, (video of) Literati: SomaFlights/Michigan Quarterly Review reading, with Ashwini Bhasi, Ahana Ganguly, Megan Kaminski, Cynthia Ling Lee, Angela Peñaredondo, Ricky Ray, Tim Jones-Yelvington (virtual)

June 13-16, Dance/USA Conference, Atlanta: part of the 2022/23 Dance/USA fellows (in person)

June 3, 7pm, Room Project, Detroit: SomaFlights Generative Workshop, with Dom Witten, Ashwini Bhasi, Stephanie Heit, Vidhu Aggarwal and Petra Kuppers. Dock with us to explore the tectonics of somatic imaginations. Fly with synesthetic energies, grounded in delicious sensory embodiment. Our travel themes twine around the cyber avatar, spaceship architectures, steampunk air messages from the futures. We will offer you glimpses, sounds & movement from the issue, with prompts for your own freewriting. Leave with your own launch pads, on your own embodied trajectories. Room Project Detroit, 6513 Woodward Ave, free. (in person)

May 29, “Improvisatory Meditative and Speculative Writing in the Interdisciplinary Classroom,” presentation with Rebecca Caines and Stephanie Heit,  2023 Conference of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)/Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, Toronto (in person)

May 26, 2023, 12:30 PM: The Crip/Mad Archive Dances: Film Screening and Talk-Back. Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre (CFT151), York University, Toronto. Free, All Welcome!

The Crip/Mad Archive Dances address disabled and mad presences in dance archives through participatory performances grounded in disability culture and eco soma methods. In this public presentation, Petra will workshop a film emerging from the project, a poetic documentary-in-progress, assembled out of community media. Content note: many film clips focus on medical incarceration, but they offer survivors’ testimonies of artful and agency-full reclamation.

Access Note: The film is fully subtitled, please identify yourself if you would like audio description.

May 24-26, guest artist, JOMBA! dialogues "Integrated Dance Practices: Moving Centres" /African Dance Disability Network. (with an online Starship Somatics session on Friday) (virtual)

May 23-27, Grad Intensive on Eco Soma, held at York University, Toronto, organized by Rebecca Caines. With student performances at Congress in the week afterward. (in person)

May 17, class visit, Disability and Performance, UC Santa Cruz, with Cynthia Ling Lee (virtual)

May 10, 7.30pm ET, NDEO webinar, free: Disability Culture Methods: Process/Score-Work in the University Dance Classroom, with Elisabeth Motley (virtual) Register here.

May 4, 6.00: Eco Soma talk, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, NYPL, Lincoln Center, New York (in person)

During the day, May 4, potentially also May 5: a performance collaboration with the National Park Services at Roosevelt Island, NYC. Contact me for details if interested. (in person)

May 3, 6.30pm, Participatory Performance: Crip/Mad Archive Dances, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, NYPL, Lincoln Center, New York (in person, with various Olimpias comrades)

April 26, 6-8pm ET, Eco Somatic readings, conversations and movement centering disability and LGBTIQA+ ecologies of pain and joy with the environment. Featuring Stephanie Heit, Krishna Washburn, Taja Will, Petra Kuppers, and moira williams. (virtual)

April 24-26, Princeton University Eco Soma Visit (in person)

April 19-21, Brown University Eco Soma Visit (in person)

April 21, 7pm, video of Literati Bookstore: MQR SomaFlights virtual launch, with Teresa Carmody, Michael Chang, Megan Milks, Olivia Muenz, heidi andrea restrepo rhodes, Lorraine Schein, Dom Witten, Stella Wong, Beatriz Yanes Martinez, hosted by editors Vidhu Aggarwal and Petra Kuppers (virtual)

April 13: Society of Fellows Eco Soma talk, University of Michigan (in person)

April 8, 7pm: Michigan Quarterly Review SomaFlights issue launch, a generative workshop, with Charli Brissey, Tim Jones-Yelvington and Dom Witten, hosted by co-editor Petra Kuppers. Dock with us to explore the tectonics of somatic imaginations. Fly with synesthetic energies, grounded in delicious sensory embodiment. Our travel themes twine around the cyber avatar, spaceship architectures, steampunk air messages from the futures. We will offer you glimpses, sounds & movement from the issue, with prompts for your own freewriting. Leave with your own launch pads, on your own embodied trajectories. Room Project Detroit, 6513 Woodward Ave, free. (in person)

April 6: class visit, Performance Studies class with Vivian Appler, University of Georgia (virtual)

March 30-April 10: Kym McDaniels and Petra Kuppers's dancevideo, A Wheelchair Ramp in the Middle of Nowhere, screens as part of the Constructed Sight Dance Film Festival, Pittsburgh (Opening Night, Presentation, and Artist Meet-and-Greet, virtual)

March 27, Department of American Culture and Literature, Hacettepe University, Turkey: Eco Soma: Disability Culture Methods for Engaging Precarious Worlds, 7pm Turkish time/noon ET (virtual)

March 17-21: Feminist Technoscience Writing Retreat, organized by Stephanie Jordan, Michigan State University: closing workshop on embodiment and representing resilience, 21st of March (in person)

March 16: Eco Soma Visit at California College of the Arts, Creative Citizens Series, with Stephanie Sherman (in person). 7.15-9, Blattner Multipurpose Room | 75 Arkansas, San Francisco, CA, 94107

March 8-12: AWP Seattle (all in person)

March 10: Gut Botany Book Signing, Wayne State University Press, 11:30am to 12:30pm, Book Room AWP, with Stephanie Heit.

March 9: Black Earth Institute Reading, 3-4.30pm (room opens at 2.30pm), Common Area Maintenance (CAM), 2125 – 2nd Avenue, Seattle 98121, readers: Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Melissa Studdard, Matty Layne Glasgow, J. Drew Lanham, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, Lauren Camp, Alice Zheng, Teri Hairston, Petra Kuppers, Connie Post, Richard Jackson, Cynthia Hogue, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Ann Fisher-Wirth, organized by Pam Uschuk and DJ Lee.

March 9: Writing the Body as Landscape: How We See and Imagine Ourselves as Wilderness, 12.10-1.25pm, Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3, with Allen Gee, CMarie Fuhrman, Renata Golden, Petra Kuppers, and Sean Hill.

March 6, 9.30-10.45am: Eco Soma workshop at Eastern Michigan University, part of Christine Hume's class, and the McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair programming. 232 Porter Hall. (in person, open to the public, email

February 24: Starship Somatics's Invitation to Dance video is part of the Rutgers University’s Feminist Art Project/College Art Association’s Critical Design Lab REMOTE Access Party. 7 pm to 9pm EST

February 10-12: Orlando, Florida: with Stephanie Heit: Open Attention: An Interdisciplinary Weekend of Sensory Play (in person)

February 3, 7pm, Booksweet, Ann Arbor: Poetry and Disability Pride event, with Nazifa Islam, Stephanie Heit, Ashwini Bhasi and Petra Kuppers. (in person)

January 31, 6-7.30 ET: Eastern Michigan University's McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair Keynote: Disability Histories: Arts-Based Methods, Archives and Futures (public, in person and online)

January 26-28: University of Toronto’s Institute for Dance Studies' annual keynote, with workshops (in person)

January 25: Speculative Embodiment: Public Screening of Disability Screendance Works, with Kym McDaniel and Charli Brissey, Duderstadt Video Performance Studio, 7-9pm, University of Michigan (in person)

January 16-20: Diverse Embodiment in Performance Phenomenology residency, University of Helsinki (in person). 

January 18, 17.30: Theatre Academy Finland talk: (in Person)

January 18 - February 25: "Starship Somatics: An Invitation" Video Installation will be part of Technologies for Change exhibition at the S/PN Gallery at UT Dallas


From September 12 onward till early December 2022: weekly free Starship Somatics sessions as part of Movement Research, Tuesdays 11am ET (virtual)

December 16, noon: Starship Somatics workshop at TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes, Madrid (in person)

December 15, 10am: Eco Soma lecture at RESAD  (Royal Drama School), Madrid (in person)

December 12, 21pm: Poetry Reading at Libertad 8, Madrid (in person) 

December 7:  Disability Portraits symposium: Art, Activism, Disability and Indigeneity on the Anthropocene, Canadian/Brazilian/US artist/researchers sharing (virtual)

December 2, 11am: Artist Talk and Research Sharing at the Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah (in person and live-streamed)

December 1, 8pm: Starship Somatics: An Invitation, a dancevideo, screening at EXPS/SLC, Union Theater, 200 Central Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah, part of the Beauty is a Verb evening (in person)  "EXPS/SLC programming selections prioritize experimental, avant-garde, or radical approaches to creating in the medium of film and video."fl

November 17-19, Western University, Canada, Knowledge Creation through Performance residency. Public Events:

November 19, 10-5: An Arts-Based Research Day: Exploring Disability Culture. Kings/Western University. In person, open to the public.

November 18, 1.30-3.00 EST: School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities Lecture Series: Disability Culture Perspectives: Pain and Joy on the Land. Presentations by Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers. In person and on zoom. 

November 16, 4pm ET: Institute for Research on Women and Gender presents: Eco Soma: Joy and Pain in Speculative Performance Encounters. With two responses to the book, by Charli Brissey, Assistant Professor of Dance, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Professor of Spanish, American Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies. In Person, and also on Zoom: please register at

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 9, 1pm: guest in Arts-Based Research Class, EMU, part of the McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair series (in person)

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

October 27, 12-1.15: Pain and Joy on the Land: A Disability Culture Offering, with Stephanie Heit, guest in K Prevallet's Ecosomatic Poetry and Performance seminar, New School (virtual, open to the public)

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 16, 3pm: Disability Culture Reading, with Stephanie Heit, at 27th Letter Books, 3546 Michigan Avenue, Detroit (in person)

October 11-14: University of Colorado Colorado Springs residency, dance department, with Starship Somatics 2-day workshop and Eco Soma keynote

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)

with: Janisse Ray, Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonder in a World Beyond Humans ; Odile Cisneros,; Petra Kuppers, Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters; Spencer Robins, UCLA LENS + LAbyrinth Podcast: Exploring the Maze of Nature in Los Angeles. watch the video here

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.


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.”


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:

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:

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.”, full interview (with captions):

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.


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:

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


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


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