Riley Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies: "Our World Runs Deep: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics and Culture In Dance" presented by Alice Sheppard
*Photo by Beverlie Lord (photo description below)April's Riley Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies will be held on on Tuesday, April 13th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST, featuring "Our World Runs Deep: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics and Culture In Dance" presented by Alice Sheppard.
Riley Lecture in Women's and Gender Studies:
Our World Runs Deep: Intersectional Disability Aesthetics and Culture In Dance
Presented By: Alice Sheppard
Tuesday, April 13th
5:30 to 6:30 PM EST
For whom do we tell our disability stories? The newly reemerging disability arts movement resoundingly refutes mainstream contemporary narratives of disability, diversity, and inclusion. Centering the intersectional disability history, politics, aesthetics and culture that have always been our truths, Alice Sheppard invites you backstage.
To register and obtain Zoom presentation information, please contact Cecilia Beach.
Alice Sheppard is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a leading disability arts ensemble. Sheppard studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. As an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the U.K. and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the U.S. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance, CRIPSiE, and MOMENTA.
As a Bessie award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture, and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender, and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race, and dance. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and in academic journals.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Alice Sheppard smiles broadly at the camera. She is a light-skinned, multiracial Black woman with short curly blonde and brown hair. Her lipstick is a bright fuchsia, which matches the straps of her top. She wears a brightly colored necklace with chunky round beads. Photo by Beverlie Lord.