Image Description: Audre and L take up space in a lush dark green forest. Audre (left) reclines in restful dance on a bench constructed of fallen tree branches, her knees bent at different ankles with her sneakered feet flat on the bench, her masked head relaxed on the bench’s surface, her arms folded across her blue-clad torso, and her red shawl garment cascading off the side of the bench. L sits parallel beside Audre, their wheelchair’s footplate folded up and their sneakered feet pointed down onto the ground, one in front and one wrapped around the side of the chair. Their black and yellow dress flows down over their jeans as they hold their arms up and out to their sides with elbows bent and palms facing front in powerful stillness, their masked face calmly looking straight ahead. Audre and L are both thin white femmes who are visibly Hypermobile. Photo by Julia Estrada.
Hyp-Improv with Hyp-ACCESS (L Tuthall and Audre Wirtanen)
Thursday, November 18th at 6:30-7:45pm EST on Zoom
Hyp-Improv is a harm-reducing dance practice that supports artistic individuality while addressing internalized ableism through concepts of care. Improvisational dance spaces often impart norms of physicality that are ableist and injurious. We combine sensory supports and disability accessibility frameworks to facilitate sensory intuition in movement choice. Our hypermobility-specific somatic practice informs movement prompts. We focus on supporting artists in discovering & valuing ways of moving that work for them to minimize risk of soft tissue injury. Following intuition, practicing personal boundaries, and engaging fluidly within one’s own capacity is what it’s all about!
Our cultural programs are for hypermobile, disabled, & neurodivergent people who are diagnosed, self-diagnosed, or questioning. Non-disabled artists are welcome to attend.
A partnership between queer Hypermobile Crip creators, L Tuthall (she, they) and Audre Wirtanen (she, her), Hyp-ACCESS is a Disability Justice project that reimagines models of care across body-related fields in direct response to the unique need in each for Hypermobile Access. Widespread hypermobility is a diverse, multi-systemic experience that is omnipresent in dance but unsupported by it. Hypermobile movers with varying Disabled and non-disabled identities are everywhere in the dance world, but without tailored accessibility and care resources. The work that we do is harm reduction; we repurpose artistic, somatic, and scientific knowledge to serve Hyp+ autonomy and quality of life.
Class is FREE. However, you must register (below) to receive the Zoom link.