Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming – panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances – animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.
We invite you to join us as we explore, debate, and share emerging ideas and practices that relate to themes of representation and new models of leadership, disability culture in an increasingly digital world, and working in solidarity between disability rights, racial justice, decoloniality, and Indigenous sovereignty.
Panel discussions will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.
Trajectories of Access
Trajectories in Access welcomes city, provincial, and federal government representatives; arts councils; and key leaders of the arts sector to join in on the discussion of best practice in access and inclusion.
This day will presents the evaluation findings of the British Council’s Relaxed Performance pilot program, a keynote from Geetha Moorthy of South Asian Autism Awareness Centre, and presentations from Inside Out Theatre in Calgary, Conseil des Arts de Montréal and Creative Users Project. Each organization will showcase programming they have developed that highlights accessible and inclusive experiences.
Through A Tired Eye by Bruce Horak, at Tangled Art + Disability
Deaf and Disability Futures
Deaf and Disability Futures features roundtable discussions and keynote presentations dedicated to thinking about Deaf and Disability Arts culture in relation to digital transformation, representation, leadership and Indigenous resistance, racial justice and colonialism.
Six extraordinary disabled performers from Canada and the UK bring their distinct creativity to this one-night celebration. Five short acts, each responding and redefining the experience of disability through performance, feature the UK “stumppeteer” Jackie Hagan, Canadian interdisciplinary creator Jessica Watkin, aerialist Erin Ball, poet Tamyka Bullen and theatrical dancers Justin Many Fingers and Brian Solomon
Embodying the Intersections: Indigeneity, Race and Disability
A full day of soulful and political embodied exploration along the intersections through the use of movement, reflexive discovery, and engaged discussion. Audiences are invited to participate and immerse themselves at self-selected entry points throughout the day’s events.
Celestial beings from queer dimensions transform Harbourfront Centre into a kaleidoscopic off-world temple as Brownton Abbey, the UK based Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, hits Toronto.
Created by and centering on queer people of colour, especially those with d/Disabilities (s/Super Powers), Brownton Abbey features an international collective of UK and Toronto based artists. The genre defying event fuses a hyped party, performance art and the personal/political, as a catalyst to celebrate intersectional identities.
Take up space, drench yourself in contemporary ritual, and get transcendental on the dance floor.