Title of Research Project

Shake My Hand

Major

Performing Arts, Social Justice

Research Abstract

The purpose of this project is to explore the inevitable intertwining of the worlds of dance and disability. It investigates what can happen when a group of people of all abilities use movement as a source of connection. This project was based on a nine minute dance piece created over a seven month period with rehearsals once a week for three hours sessions. The final piece consisted of seven dancers, five of whom had intellectual and developmental disabilities. The performance utilized improvisation, discussions, choreography, and contact work as tools for the creative process. The intent of the piece was to highlight how the movement of dance can create a space where our differences serve as the basis for connection. It blurs the line between viewing oneself as abled or disabled and questions the role that dance plays in this change of perspective. This project harnesses the power of movement and unleashes it to create connection, unity, acceptance, and body empowerment.

Faculty Mentor/Advisor

Lauren Simpson

Comments

Disability, Performing Arts, Dance

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Apr 14th, 12:00 AM

Shake My Hand

The purpose of this project is to explore the inevitable intertwining of the worlds of dance and disability. It investigates what can happen when a group of people of all abilities use movement as a source of connection. This project was based on a nine minute dance piece created over a seven month period with rehearsals once a week for three hours sessions. The final piece consisted of seven dancers, five of whom had intellectual and developmental disabilities. The performance utilized improvisation, discussions, choreography, and contact work as tools for the creative process. The intent of the piece was to highlight how the movement of dance can create a space where our differences serve as the basis for connection. It blurs the line between viewing oneself as abled or disabled and questions the role that dance plays in this change of perspective. This project harnesses the power of movement and unleashes it to create connection, unity, acceptance, and body empowerment.