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London, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf… Border Control at Tanzkongress

I'm grateful to Susan Basham and her lovely website of humorous quips and quotations from writers for the above. http://www.susanbasham.com/2012/05/04/humorous-quips-and-quotes-from-writers/

I’m grateful to Susan Basham and her lovely website of humorous quips and quotations from writers for the above. http://www.susanbasham.com/2012/05/04/humorous-quips-and-quotes-from-writers/

I’m en route to Berlin, travelling via Paris on the train, to continue my Fellowship at Freie Universitat’s International Research Centre: Interweaving Performance Cultures. Apart for continuing to reflect on my work between Deaf culture and hearing culture, disability culture and the mainstream, I’ll also be presenting a paper at Tanzkongress in Dusseldorf next week.

Border control – framing the atypical body. You say radical, I say conservative; you say inclusive, I say subversive…

The talk will explore notions of what I call the director/choreographer’s dramaturgy of impairment. I hope to briefly explore several examples of ‘border control’ in inclusive performance – the politics and cultural meaning involved in framing the atypical body and the radical or problematic [mis]representations which can ensue. Some of the questions I will explore will include:

What are the politics and cultural meaning involved in framing the atypical body?

What is the relationship between ‘mainstream’ culture and notions of normalcy, and politicized disability culture, embracing the wide variety of human difference?

As a dramaturg, a very central question for me: Who controls the frame – or does it not matter?

Information about the talk, and the four day gathering in Dusseldorf between 6-9 June 2013 can be found at:

http://www.tanzkongress.de/en/subjects/interveneparticipate.html#event-76-0

Meanwhile, I will enjoy the journey, the landscape slipping past the train window, the hoard of books to read on my e-reader and the hours of idle thinking as I make my way overland (and through the Channel tunnel) to Berlin.

The bazaar of the blind….

I was recently shown this video by the film maker, academic and poet Proshot Kalami, to my great pleasure. We were in discussion about disability arts and culture and the various stances around dis/ability at Freie Universitat’s International research Centre ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’. Proshot sent me this link to her film as she felt I (and I hope you) would enjoy the vivacity and joie de vivre of the performance. She says:

‘The boy’s name is Jibon. He sings about the bazaar of the blind…The clip is one long shot without any editing. His performance was such that did not need any work!’

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This video recording was made in August 2008 in Jhaudia, a small village near Kushtia, Bangladesh. Jiban Biswas, a child with multiple disabilities, sings two songs by Lalon Phokir. The video was shot by Proshot Kalami. Jiban is accompanied on the ‘Bangla dhol’ by Madan Kumar Das.