The Inaugural Year: Disability Culture Movement: The Asylum Project with Petra Kuppers

Performing Arts Center Reisinger Auditorium

Open to the public

/ Tuesday


Let’s explore our embodied selves and our political labor through movement, writing, meditation, and social sculpture. Delight our senses to create sanctuary in (disability) activist struggles. Find movements that push boundaries and translate into everyday life, create and share resources for art/life practices that can sustain ourselves and our communities. Through scores, we will reach for joy, ceremony, and edge, beyond the studio and into the street. Open exploration, experimental access: we find out together what works for those who assemble. If you have specific access requirements that need prior arrangements, please contact the Office of College Events at 914.395.2412 or

Petra Kuppers is a wheelchair dancer, disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Artistic Director of The Olimpias. She teaches at the University of Michigan and on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. Her book, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011), explores arts-based research methods. Her most recent book is Theatre & Disability (2017).

The Olimpias is a disability performance artists’ collective that creates collaborative, research-focused environments open to people with physical, emotional, sensory, and cognitive differences and their allies. In these environments, we can explore joy and pain, attention, and the transformative power of touch.

This event is part of the Inaugural Year series, exploring the theme Democracy and Education. What does Democracy and Education mean to you? Share your thoughts—written or video—with us on social media using the hashtag #SLCDemocracyEducation. See what others are saying at