The internationally-known disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light announces an upcoming virtual event, DESCENT: Online & In-Depth, streamed October 26 and 28. This accessible online offering will include a Kinetic Light artist conversation and screenings of DESCENT, featuring dancers Laurel Lawson and Alice Sheppard, with lighting and video design by Michael Maag.
DESCENT: Online & In-Depth, an online event featuring screenings of DESCENT and a conversation with Kinetic Light artists.
Thurs, October 26 7:30pm ET
Sat, October 28 1pm ET
Stream recording will be available to ticket holders for 48 hours after each event.
Tickets: available on a sliding scale $0-$50.
Access: Open captions, multiple audio description tracks, musical ASL interpretation, call line, and transcripts. Contact email@example.com with questions.
For this event, Kinetic Light integrated a new iteration of musical artistic American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation that goes beyond orchestration to reveal how sound and light are at the heart of the piece. The company worked with celebrated Director of Artistic Sign Language (DASL), Alexandria Wailes, and Joey Antonio and Nicole Cartagna, a Deaf Interpreter/Hearing Interpreter team.
Founded by dancer/choreographer/artistic director Alice Sheppard in 2016, Kinetic Light is a disability arts ensemble working at the intersection of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology. Inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin and performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks, DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. The character of Andromeda is embodied by Alice Sheppard, restoring the racial heritage that Rodin himself erased. Venus is assumed by Laurel Lawson, who both challenges and realizes Rodin’s imaginations of Venus and ideals of feminine beauty. Kevin Gotkin, for Dance Magazine, commented, “DESCENT models a truth that is rarely understood among dance audiences: Disability does not signify incompleteness. In fact, it offers novel pathways to several movement styles, each of them whole and generative of unique choreographic forms.”