With Debbie Patterson (WPG) and Christopher House (TO)
Hosted by Young Lungs Dance Exchange and Sick + Twisted Theatre
April 12 – 16, 1:00 to 4:00 (CST), Online over Zoom
Submissions due March 15th, 2021
This five-day online workshop brings together disabled (Deaf, Crip, mad, sick) and
nondisabled dancers, choreographers, movers and makers.
Engaging with the disruptions created by disability, we will use this time to develop
connections and remove barriers to collaboration across abilities. Engaging with the
disruptions created by Covid, we’ll take advantage of the limitations and opportunities of
The workshop will explore choreographic practice as a way of questioning, examining
and expressing the body’s truth and its capacity for radical specificity in relation to time
and space. How does the disabled body inform choreographic practice? How does
choreographic thinking inform the disabled performer’s practice?
Participants will choreograph and perform each day, working quickly and intuitively on
short projects; sharing their work with the group; participating in discussions, and joining
in giving and receiving supportive feedback.
The goal of the workshop is to bring each participant’s intuitive knowledge and curiosity
into a productive dialogue with their critical mind. We will approach this in a spirit of
rigour that includes lightness and play. Ideally, this workshop will act as a springboard to
launch new collaborative relationships among integrated groups of performers.
The workshop is hosted by Debbie Patterson, Artistic Director of Sick + Twisted
Theatre, and veteran choreographer and mentor Christopher House, former Artistic
Director of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Participants must be available for a short conversation with the facilitators during the
week before for the workshop; have access to the internet and a device, preferably a
laptop, for running Zoom; and be able to commit to the full duration of the workshop.
Who Should Apply
This program is open to all Manitoban artists and will be conducted in English with ASL
interpretation. Non-disabled dancers, choreographers and movers interested in
exploring disability-informed movement and Disabled performers interested in
expanding their approach to movement in performance creation are encouraged to
How to apply
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
1. Your resume or CV
2. An artist statement that includes:
● A description of your artistic practice
● What you hope to get out of this program (or what excites you about this
● Some things you’re artistically curious about right now.