Beyond Assimilation: Seeking a Disabled Aesthetic
Lecture/Demonstration with Toby MacNutt https://www.tobymacnutt.com
Thursday, April 4, 4:30-6PM, Schonberg Dance Building, 247 Pine St
As disability in dance becomes more visible and mainstream, there is pressure to assimilate to mainstream dance aesthetics. But disability presents an enormous range and variation of potential in movement, perception, and thinking, by its very nature, which can expand upon and challenge the existing field. What does it mean to embrace a disabled aesthetic? How does it change dance practices and performance? Toby MacNutt will discuss these questions, show some sample work, and speculate on the future of disability in dance and why it matters.
This lecture/demonstration is sponsored by the Dance Department and Disability Studies Course Cluster, the Division II Dean’s Office and the Center for Pedagogical Innovation.