Conversations Without Walls: iele paloumpis & Alice Sheppard
April 16, 2021
Closed captions are featured in the video above.
An accessible PDF transcript of the conversation is linked here.
This Conversation Without Walls (CWW) was recorded on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 and first broadcasted on YouTube, Friday, April 9, 2021.
In this audio-only, captioned CWW, dance artist and choreographer, iele paloumpis, and choreographer and founder/artistic lead of Kinetic Light, Alice Sheppard, reconnect three months following their Fall 2020 Research Group Fellowship together at Danspace.
These two artists are new friends who share a mutual curiosity and affinity for each other’s work. In this conversation, facilitated by Danspace’s Associate Curator, Public Engagement, Seta Morton, Sheppard and paloumpis meet in an imaginary realm for a fictive morning walk on the beach. In a world-making gesture, they put down a path toward deeper listening, complexity, nuance, and care. In this CWW, paloumpis and Sheppard challenge post modern concepts of neutrality while uplifting dynamic disability culture and generative accessibility practice in sharing dance with audiences.
Included in this CWW
- In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky (Choreographer and Director, iele paloumpis): This live, multidisciplinary dance performance, which decenters sight as the primary mode of experiencing dance, was set to premiere at Danspace Project in May 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19. Director, iele paloumpis, along with collaborators Marielys Burgos-Meléndez, Seta Morton, Alejandra Ospina, Monica Rodriguez, Ogemdi Ude, Krishna Washburn, and Marýa Wethers, have embarked on a podcast project to begin again. https://inplaceofcatastrophe.com/
- Kinetic Light (Founder & Artistic Lead, Alice Sheppard): Alice Sheppard is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the intersectional disability arts movement. https://kineticlight.org/
- Disability culture.
- Accessibility practice.
- Nuance and complexity as legible to audiences.
- The concept of “neutrality” as insidiously valorized within the canon of Postmodern dance history. “Neutrality” as an oppressive and impossible idea, rooted in white supremacy and ableism.
- Deep listening and witnessing.
- When does the performance begin? When does access begins?
- How is access considered in an invitation to audiences?
- As a part of performance, access, and disability culture, how can audience members care for performers and artists?
- How can the artist/audience relationship become more centered around mutual care?