Last year I was at Tanzkongress in Dusseldorf, giving a paper entitled ‘Border Control: Framing the atypical body.’ It was largely in response to Jerome Bel’s ‘Disabled Theater’, which I had seen at HAU in Berlin in 2012, and which angered me owing to its manipulation and framing of the actors with intellectual impairments who perform in this piece.
As someone who identifies as disabled and as a disability artist, I was frustrated by what I perceived as the lens of ‘normalcy’ through which we were invited to view the atypical body in this, and other so-called experimental or radical pieces. This talk was my response to that.
I am grateful to Rafael Ugarte Chacón for bringing the link to my talk to my attention.
DANCE CONGRESS 2013 IN DÜSSELDORF
‘Border Control: Framing the atypical body. “You say radical, I say conservative, you say inclusive, I say subversive …”
Kaite O’Reilly has been working for many years within Deaf arts and disability culture. In this lecture, she examines the possibilities and limits of artistic inclusion in performances, e.g., by Jérôme Bel, as well as her own work. To what extent is dealing with the “atypical body” politically and culturally shaped? How does the concept of normalcy of the majority society relate to a politicised “disability culture” that affirms the multiplicity of human differences?