“In South Africa, 90 percent of the time I am the only person with a wheelchair in dance classes.” Christelle Dreyer describes her experience and insights being one of only a handful of dancers who use a wheelchair in her country.
“I started AXIS’ commissioning program out of selfishness. I wanted new motivation and I wanted to be pushed.” Judith Smith, founding member and artistic director emerita, reflects on how AXIS Dance Company grew and eventually shaped the field of disability in dance.
“People think that dance is some kind of hobby or cute inspirational thing. No dude, I’m cutthroat; this is my career.” New York City-based Krishna Washburn discusses her experience as a visually impaired professional dancer as part of the Discussing Disability in Dance Project.
“If we increase the variety of participation, we will all be able to create in a way that feels sustainable.” New York City-based Jeron Herman shares how more artists with disabilities are needed in more contexts so the field doesn’t become a monolith.
As his company celebrates its 25th anniversary, Bay Area director/choreographer Robert Moses of Robert Moses’ Kin reflects on how virtual is changing the landscape of engagement.