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WHEN: June 22–29, 2019
WHERE: UCLA’s Kaufman Hall, Los Angeles Los Angeles (May 20, 2019) From artists based in New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa, to regions all over the United states, UCLA announces 10 artists that have been selected to launch its inaugural Dancing Disability Lab. The UCLA Dancing Disability Lab is the brainchild of choreographer; Associate Dean, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture; and Chair, UCLA’s innovative Disability Studies minor, Victoria Marks. Marks will be joined by internationally celebrated choreographer, dancer, and aesthetic provocateur, Alice Sheppard, and renowned disability studies scholar, bioethicist and disability justice activist, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. Marks, Sheppard, and Garland-Thomson will guide the cohort through inquiries in disability justice history; moving; doing; and making.

"It is an honor to welcome such an accomplished cohort to launch our first UCLA Dancing Disability Lab,” said Marks. “I am eager to be in the studio with this group of artists and long-admired colleagues. Most dancers with disabilities have not had access to college dance and choreography programs where they can develop as artists. It is our hope at UCLA to change that. The Dancing Disability Lab is a first step toward offering this important group of dance makers access to their field, while at the same time engaging in discussions about disability culture, justice, and history. The dance field as a whole will benefit from the discoveries of these artists, who will challenge preconceptions about what dance is, or could be.”

Marks’ choreographic practice works to redress stereotypes, challenge taboos, and portray relationships onstage that offer models of communication and connection. Her choreographic research considers citizenship and representation of disability. “As I continue this practice that began 37 years ago, I am even more aware of the dance field’s urgent need for artists that identify as disabled to claim their own experience as makers, doers, and thinkers. Because of my anchor roles in the university, I consider it a responsibility to create opportunities for disabled dance artists," said Marks.

The group convenes for this week long intensive at UCLA from June 22–June 29. The Lab will conclude with an informal sharing of performance and discovery for the public on Friday, June 28th at 8 p.m. in UCLA Kaufman Hall’s small theater (Room 208).

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