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Petra Kuppers: Dream Performance & Workshop

October 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Connect to the land, its’ histories, & its’ futures with Petra Kuppers for a dream performance & workshop that utilizes movement meditation. Following an improvised Wheelchair Procession along Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail and a community meal, this performance and workshop will take place inside the Sanctuary main space.

Petra will use the inspiration from the trail procession to improvise a movement meditation that connects us to the land and its histories and futures. You can engage this meditation in stillness, lying on the floor or sitting in a chair, or you can dance freely in space – your choice. Bring comfy clothes, and maybe a blanket. If accessible to you, also bring writing or drawing material, so we can have a harvesting session after the dream journey, for you to chronicle your experience.

We welcome people of all abilities!

ADDITIONAL INFO: This workshop is a development from Petra’s Starship Somatics classes – a modality she developed during the lockdown of COVID. Starship Somatics engage our bodymindspirits as portals, as trance-mobiles that honor pasts and jet us toward speculative futures, among the stars or deep into the earth, in flux and transformation.

Starship Somatics moon: Petra, a white queer disabled cis woman of size sits on her scooter, and reaches out her hand to a Starship Somatics video projection of a purple moon. Below, a floor dancer reaches up and touches their own hands. Photo: video still, Petra Kuppers

This event is preceded by a presentation by Kuppers on October 11 at EMPAC. Kuppers’s Troy engagement is a collaboration with EMPAC and iEAR Presents! and is made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Co-sponsored with Deep Listening/ ISATMA (Assistive Technologies for Music and Art Symposium) Conference; the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley; NATURE Lab/ People’s Health Sanctuary. 

Petra Kuppers 21: Petra Kuppers, a white queer disabled cis woman of size with yellow glasses, shaved head, pink lipstick and a black dotted top, smiles up to the sky, arms outstretched, embracing the world. Her mobility scooter’s handlebar is visible at the bottom of the image. She is in front of a multicolored wall: purple, pink, yellow and orange.

Petra Kuppers (she/her) is a disability culture activist and a community performance artist. Petra grounds herself in disability culture methods, and uses somatics, performance, and speculative writing to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. Her latest academic study is Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (University of Minnesota Press, 2022, open access). Her third performance poetry collection, Gut Botany (Wayne State University Press, 2020), was named one of the top ten US poetry books of 2020 by the New York Public Library, and won the 2022 Creative Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. In 2022, she was named a Dance/USA Fellow, and in 2023, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship. Petra is Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and she co-creates Turtle Disco, a somatic writing studio, with Stephanie Heit. She is the Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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