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Midterm Podcast

smukhtar's picture

Listen to the podcast here:

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Cecilia Morales's picture

I think you brought up really important points from both Alice Sheppard and Petra Kuppers! Also, including voices of individuals with disabilites was such a great part of this podcast. Not only do we get to hear first hand experiences, but we can also see the variance in their stories, as dance is experienced so differently between various bodies. Moreover, Maya's quote at the end really reiterates the key idea that art and dance by disabled individuals shouldn't just be about teaching non-disabled people lessons about disability, or proving they can do these things, but instead should simply be about showing up with your full authentic self in order to express yourself and enjoy the experience. I particularly like the emphasis that one's authentic self includes everything that comes with them, from mobility devices to the way they walk, etc. Renata's story brings up an important point of how some dance practices, such as ballet, really center around an idealized type of body. Some of these standards can even be exclusionary to non-disabled bodies that don't conform to the idealistic standards set by the practice (being skinny, as one example). Also, Maya's experience with being able to sketch her dance routine brought up the question of what other avenues can people take to engage in dance without explicit movement. Perhaps technology can be utilized for individuals to render 3D models and choreograph a dance digitally. Overall, good job on the podcast!