The InterdepenDance collective is passionate about Disability Justice and interconnections among communities. We are a peer network of artists who are active in cross-disability / interabled dance, and who experience barriers in the arts.

We are organizing learning opportunities for 2020, including workshops with awesome mentors and a Disability Justice Arts learning collective starting in April. We are mostly gathering online through the Zoom platform, so that colleagues in many places can join sessions. Currently, most people involved live on the West Coast of Turtle Island.

The group is committed to ongoing learning around decolonial practices, Indigenous sovereignty, intersectional Disability Justice in/through dance, multigenerational collaborating, and prioritizing the leadership of Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, Mad, Spoonie, Sick, Crip, Disabled, Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, gender-expansive and queer artists and communities.

To connect:

Online-based: Info about online workshops will be shared on the listserv for the Disability Justice Arts learning collective, which brings together creative people who have lived experience of disability, ongoing health conditions or who experience barriers in the arts.

Place-based: Info about in-person workshops will be shared on the ‘integrated dance – south island’ listserv, which is for updates about local all abilities dance opportunities.

If you would like your email added to either listserv, or if you are interested in connecting with the group, contact Joanne.

A collaboration:

The collective was co-founded in September 2019 by dancers mostly based in Lekwungen homelands, including Claire (Dance & Theatre Artist), Lea (Dance Artist & Facilitator), Luka (Writer & Performing Artist), Tiffany (Embrace Arts), and Joanne (Creative Momentum). The idea for the group emerged in spring 2019 through a dance project that was in collaboration with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

Over the years, artists in the region have suggested creating a dance collective on the island, inspired by groups such as Kinetic Light, All Bodies Dance Project, Sins Invalid, and CRIPSiE. In 2020 we are super excited to visit and learn with artists we admire!

Past events:

January-February 2020:
Some thoughts on disability justice and co-facilitating dance workshop with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers on February 28th.
Integrated Dance Forum, with workshops by All Bodies Dance Project facilitators, and a conversation on access in dance facilitated by The Table Victoria, on February 16th.
Introduction to Inclusive Choreography, workshop with Harmanie Taylor and Naomi Brand on February 14th.
Integrated Dance Films event January 25th.

September-December 2019:
The collective facilitated free, monthly, integrated dance sessions through Saanich Recreation. The description for the sessions: “Take part in a collaborative dance practice for people of all physical and cognitive abilities. We’ll train together once a month, taking turns facilitating, and expanding our dance practices.” Thank-you to Saanich Community Services, Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Embrace Arts, and Made in BC–Dance on Tour, for supporting previous sessions.