Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on the Edge by Petra Kuppers

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Incapacity and modern functionality offers a notable problem to current assumptions approximately incapacity and inventive perform. specifically, it explores the place cultural wisdom approximately incapacity leaves off, and the lived event of distinction starts off. Petra Kuppers, herself an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways that disabled performers problem, swap and paintings with present stereotypes via their paintings. She explores freak express fantasies and 'medical theatre' in addition to dwell artwork, webwork, theatre, dance, images and installations, to solid a completely new gentle on modern id politics and aesthetics.

This is a phenomenal exploration of a few of the main urgent concerns in functionality, cultural and incapacity reports this present day, written through a number one practitioner and critic.

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15 He uses underarm crutches to walk, and in one of his performance pieces, 'Walking Inspired', documented on the video Crip Shots (dir. John R. Killacky and Larry Connolly, USA, 2001), he choreographs his own specific version of the encounter with the medical stare in the performance of disability. Walloch's performance, delivered as a stand,up comedic tum, relies on a shifting tectonics of knowledge and desire. He fantasizes medical knowledge practices away from its disinterested stare towards an erotic encounter.

In the creation of 'Sealboy', Fraser was searching for his historic role model, his roots, his heritage. Employing these terms (role models, roots) designates the disability experience not as an individual and singular fate, but as a cultural minority experience, similar to cultural production shaped by the black diaspora. In his research into people like him in performance situations, he found successful people with names such as 'Lobsterboy', who performed monstrosity and freakishness for sideshow audiences in the first half of the last century.

He is not threateningly male, his masculinity being put under erasure, bracketed off, by his alignment with the disabled position. Like Teresias, the Greek seer, the prize for the ability to understand all those around him is disability and difference. T eresias lived for a while as a female, then reverted to the male position, and the Gods punished him for the extra knowledge he gained by blinding him. By being 'naturally' placed into the position of storyteller and analyst, Augustus Hill performs, articulates and incorporates the ideological binary of male/female.

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