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Known for creating groundbreaking choreographies that explore the social constructions that surround disabled bodies, Bill Shannon’s latest work combines movement, wearable projection technology and video installation to explore the significant and often subtle implications of physical human contact in the digital era. Touch Update “reverse engineers” Shannon’s virtuosic technique for dancing on crutches, as he dissects and dismantles the multiple online identities we create in order to mask and manipulate our lived experience.
The performances are accompanied by a free community workshop on October 20 from 11am-12:30pm. The Slowdanger Physical Integration (SPI) workshop is an explorational movement experience accompanied by an evolving sound score.
This engagement of Bill Shannon is made possible with support from the Heinz Endowments, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Touch Update is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Painted Bride and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Supported by the NPN Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org. Residency support provided by Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Penn Avenue Creative Artist-in-Residence Program, a fellowship with the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, and The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University.