The Olimpias: Asylum Project

Let’s explore our embodied selves and our political labor through movement, writing, meditation and social sculpture. Delight our senses to create sanctuary in (disability) activist struggles. Find movements that push boundaries and translate into everyday life, create and share resources for art/life practices that can sustain ourselves and our communities. In our daily scores, we will reach for joy, ceremony, and edge, beyond the studio and into the street. Open exploration, experimental access: we find out together what works for those who assemble.

This workshop takes place in a wheelchair accessible space. We ask that all guests check in at the reception desk at 466 Grand Street. You will be directed to the accessible entrance, located on Willett Street through the outdoor garden space. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance of the workshop. Please contact Greer Dworman at greerdworman@movementresearch.org or (212) 598-0551 (voice only).

The Olimpias is a disability performance artists’ collective that creates collaborative, research-focused environments open to people with physical, emotional, sensory and cognitive differences and their allies. In these environments, we can explore pride and pain, attention and the transformative power of touch.

“Asylum Project” Workshop leaders, October 2017:
Petra Kuppers is a wheelchair dancer, disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Artistic Director of The Olimpias. She teaches at the University of Michigan and on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias. The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017) is her debut poetry collection and explores the seams of language, movement and mental health difference.