Rafi and Laura are disabled dance artists based in Oakland, California and Glasgow, respectively. Like many post-internet crips living in the UK and US, they connected via the internet, after Laura encountered “Into the Crip Universe: Cripping the Anthropocene,” a podcast series exploring climate chaos through the lens of disability justice and the disabled experience, which Rafi is hosting with Sins Invalid* during their work with the collective. In this Catalytic Conversation, they hope to learn more about each others’ practice, discuss their experiences as disabled dance artists, explore disabled dance aesthetics, and use conversation as a means of international crip solidarity.
Citing the 5th principle off Sins Invalid 10 Principles of Disability Justice, about recognising wholeness -
5.RECOGNIZING WHOLENESS: People have inherent worth outside of commodity relations and capitalist notions of productivity. Each person is full of history and life experience.
- they will share with each other, and you, a little of their history and life experience alongside their work, research and practice as artists.
*Sins Invalid is, Bay Area,CA disability justice based performance project and movement building organization that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities that are marginalized.
The Catalytic Conversations programme invites two dance artists to join in conversation to explore their practice, their experience and anything else they would like to discuss together, and opens the doors for us to listen in. Dance Base has a long standing commitment to embracing international exchange and while one of the artsits will be based in Scotland the other will be based outside of the UK. All conversations will be hosted online and run for 60 minutes with space for 30 minutes of questions from the audience. We look forward to welcoming you along!
This event will have BSL interpretation throughout.
Rafi is a queer, trans, multiply-disabled, white, Jewish femme. They are passionate about making the arts accessible, and facilitating solidarity between all of the chronically ill, neurodivergent, and mobility- and sensory-disabled communities they are a part of. They are working to trouble the conventions of disabled dance, and continue their involvement as an illustrator for Sins Invalid.
A former Fulbright fellow, they are currently a participant in the Dancing Disability Lab at UCLA. Rafi is also a founding member of the Bay Area Disabled Dance Collective, and lectures on issues of disability justice and dance. You can find them on the Sins Invalid podcast, “Into the Crip Universe.” They believe in plants, sex worker justice, and the joy and intimacy of inter/intra-disability identification.
Laura Fisher (she/they) is a disabled dance artist, producer, and choreographic performance maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their practice is rooted in the expanded field of choreography, with a design focussed approach to creating and curating performance. Laura often works site specifically/responsively but the form of their work is varied and often multidisciplinary. She is currently researching choreographic space, audience embodiment and non-human movement & relations in expanded dance. Laura is committed to unlearning ableist notions of dance and de-centring the physically elitist body from the core of dance practice. She is equally at home in a sweaty nightclub at 4am as she is in bed with her cat and a coffee.
Laura holds a BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2019 they were awarded an FST Producers Bursary to undertake a producing placement at The Work Room, Glasgow. Currently, she is supported through Dance Base’s Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme 20/21, mentored by Lucy Suggate. She was recently a recipient of a Present Futures Associateship 2021 and is shortlisted for an Unlimited Emerging Artist Award 2021.
Supported by Creative Scotland with funding from Scottish Government.