#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series with Artistic Leader Claire Cunningham

#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series with Claire Cunningham - The Choreography of Care: Centring disability consciousness in dance

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Join Touch Compass for a free webinar kōrero with Claire Cunningham, one of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance, based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Claire will be sharing her concept of the ‘choreography of care’ a working practice which considers attention to time, design, communication and the act of performance itself as opportunities for care. Claire and the Touch Compass Artistic Direction Panel will explore how working with an ethos of care actually shapes the material of the work. Does what you see as a performance change? Join us to find out!

About Claire Cunningham:

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work 12 made for Candoco Dance Company.

In 2014 she created Give Me a Reason to Live, inspired by the work of Dutch Medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major faith traditions towards the issue of disability. Awarded one of the Unlimited Commissions in 2016, she created the duet The Way You Look (at me) Tonight with choreographer Jess Curtis. The piece has since toured world-wide, was selected for the 2018 Tanzplattform in Germany, and was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.

Claire is a former Artist-in–Residence at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank, London and of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. In 2016 she was Artist in Residence with Perth International Arts Festival, Australia, and Associate Artist at Tramway, Glasgow.

In 2019 Claire was commissioned to do her first piece for gallery spaces, taking part in Automatise Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, curated by Amanda Cachia for Owen’s Art Gallery, Sackville, Canada. In July 2019, Claire premiered the ensemble piece, Thank You Very Much, at Manchester International Festival, which went on to win CATS awards for Best Ensemble and Best Sound and Music. In 2021, Claire was honoured for her Outstanding Artistic Development in dance at the German Dance Awards.

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