Dance as Intervention: (Re)inscribing the Body Through Movement (August 15th-21st; Seattle, WA)

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Shayda Kafai/Claremont Graduate University and Krista Miranda/New York University
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"Dance as Intervention: (Re)inscribing the Body Through Movement"  foregrounds how mixed- and dis-ability dance is a vehicle to examine theories of embodiment through the lens of critical disability theory. This presentation will examine how experimental performance work functions as intervention in dominant discourses that perpetuate an ableist paradigm.  Through Miranda's discussion of the always prosthetic body in an analysis of the mixed-ability work of Jess Curtis/Gravity, and Kafai's argument that the scar is rebellious performance, this panel seeks to expose how mixed- and disability dance, and the variable contours of the performing bodies themselves, participate in the political project of undermining the dictate of compulsory ablebodiedness. 

We are seeking 1-2 papers to complete this panel proposal for the presentation/discussion component of the Integrated Dance Summer Intensive, organized by Jurg Koch (see details below). Please submit abstracts (350 words) and a short bio by May 20th to Shayda Kafai: and Krista Miranda:

Krista Miranda is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies (ABD) at New York University. She is on the Editorial Board and is the Book Reviews Editor for Woman and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. She is also a contributing dance writer for the media bureau Artburst Miami. Her prior graduate work includes an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought with a concentration in Gender Politics and an M.A. in Writing and Publishing. Her research interests include: theories of embodiment, queer and feminist theory, disability studies, psychoanalysis, dance studies, and performance art.

Shayda Kafai is a doctoral candidate in the cultural studies department at Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation focuses on the intersections between disability studies, queer and feminist theory, and performance art. She received her M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

Integrated Dance Summer Intensive, Seattle WA

Five Day Intensive, August 15-19
Offering integrated technique class, composition/repertory, community jam and guest presentations. Open to participants of all types and levels of dance training, age range 16 and older. 

Round Table, August 20-21
This round table meeting is intended for experienced artists and educators with a particular interest in educational and choreographic processes in mixed-ability groups. (Participation by application and selection).