UCSD Salamander Workshop
Kuppers and Marcus will facilitate this workshop as part of their Salamander project. They use underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing, clay work and video to find our disabled beauty emerging from the deep, the wild aesthetic of water, deforming ourselves through sleek unhinged control. Since May 2013, disabled people and their allies from around the world have climbed into pools and oceans with us, and we've floated together, enjoyed freedom and adventure, and then gave ourselves to the pressures water exerts on us.
There is little instruction in Salamander swims: the water is the director, the choreographer, as we twist freely in gravity, trusting each other, exploring the integrity of our bodies. We chat while we are in the water, and explore the easy flow of communication in the fluid, supportive medium. The emphasis is on play and process.
There will be engagement options for swimmers and for non-swimmers. We will meet at the pool: in your bathing clothes if you are going into the water; with something to write if you are not.
Duration: about one hour.
gallery@calit2 gratefully acknowledges additional support from The Vice Chancellor Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, The Communication Department, The Critical Gender Studies Program, The Ethnic Studies Department, The Literature Department, The International Relations/Pacific Studies Program, and The Visual Arts Department.
Neil Marcus writes, "Disability is an art — an ingenious way to live." This award-winning playwright, actor, poet, and performance artist earned national acclaim when he crafted his experiences as a man living with dystonia, a severe neurological disorder, into a powerful staged work. Storm Reading, first produced in the late eighties, challenged audiences to reevaluate conventional ideas about disability and set a standard for performing artists with disabilities. Voted one of Los Angeles’ top ten plays of 1993, it enjoyed a nearly decade-long run. Since then, Marcus' passionate stance toward life has infused his artistic choices. Believing that "life is a performance," he has cast his creative net wide, participating in a range of diverse projects.
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