Kinetic Light: DESCENT

Laurel Lawson, a white person, balances above Alice Sheppard with arms spread wide, wheels spinning.  Alice, a multiracial Black woman with coffee-colored skin, opens her arms wide to receive her in an embrace. A starry sky fills the background, and moonlight glints off their wheelchair rims. Photo Jay Newman/BRITT.
  • Presenting Series
Sat, 10/05/2024 - 7:30pm
Baker Hall
$35 | Free for LU Students | **MASKS REQUIRED**

Kinetic Light, an innovative disability arts ensemble, is globally acclaimed for its immersive, accessible approach. Led by disabled artists, the ensemble creates, designs, and performs work that is a thrilling blend of movement, light and sound. Their creations speak to and emerge from disability aesthetics and culture. This connection to the rich traditions and contemporary conversations of disabled artists in all artistic fields makes Kinetic Light's work a powerful, intersectional creative force. 

DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. It is performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks. Combining dance, architecture, design, and technology, this work challenges cultural assumptions of what disability, dance and beauty can be. Inspired by the sensual writings and art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, DESCENT gives the mythological characters of Venus and Andromeda new life as interracial lovers. Voted as 2018's most moving performance by the readers of Dance Magazine, DESCENT is "An ingenious set of ramps [that] serves as a canvas for projections of stars and seas, and as a surface for wheelchair motion with the gliding grace of ice dance," according to The New Yorker. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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**Per Kinetic Light's touring practices, masks are required for this performance. For the safety of the performing artists and audience, all audience members, ushers, and staff are required to be masked upon entering the venue and throughout the performance. 

Access: This performance is expected to include haptic interpretation of sound scores; ASL interpreters; audio description through Kinetic Light's Audimance app; expanded accessible seating; tactile lobby experiences; sensory kits; a quiet space; and exit and entry welcome during performances. Please call the box office at 610-758-2787 x0 for ASL and haptic seating. 

Kinetic Light's DESCENT is presented in partnership with Touchstone Theatre and their community arts initiative Festival UnBound, OCT 3-6. 

To register for a workshop, (masks required) visit Touchstone's website.

Integrated Dance Workshop Level 1
WED OCT 2
Location: DeSales University
All welcome, no prior experience needed 

Dance DESCENT 
WED OCT 2
Location: DeSales University 
Experienced non-disabled and disabled dancers 

Inside Disability Arts + DESCENT 
SUN OCT 6 
Location: Zoellner Arts Center 
Kinetic Light's Artistic Director Alice Sheppard opens up about the world of DESCENT: sharing choreographic and access to practice, plus behind-the-scenes artistic info. Space is limited. Register on Touchstone's website.