Winter Quarter 2020

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm

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Tuesday, January 28th

photo of Alice Sheppard - Photo Credit Beverlie Lord

Problems of Adaptive Aesthetics and Design
Alice Sheppard
Kinetic Light - Founder & Artistic Lead

Abstract: How do we understand the relationship of disabled bodies, minds, and technologies? This talk engages questions of cyborgs, inclusive design, and disability aesthetics.

Biosketch: Accepting the outcome of a dare, Alice Sheppard resigned her tenured professorship to become a dancer. After a series of classes with AXIS Dance Company in Oakland, Alice trained privately with Kitty Lunn in New York and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. Alice was offered an apprenticeship to AXIS Dance Company; she became a core company member and toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent dance artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru / GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom. In the United States, she has worked with Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton. As a guest artist, she has danced with AXIS Dance Company and Full Radius Dance.

A USA Artist, Creative Capital grantee and NEW INC 3rd cohort member, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice’s commissioned choreography attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race. Alice was a 2018 AXIS Dance Company Choreo-Lab Participant made possible with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based collaborative, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the disability arts movement. Through nuanced investment in the histories, cultures, and artistic work of disabled people and people of color, Kinetic Light promotes intersectional disability as a creative force and access as an aesthetic critical to the creative process.

Contact Information:
disableddancer -at-
Lecture Material:
Slides - Mb pdf file
Photos - Kb pdf file
Alice Sheppard on Wikipedia
Alice Sheppard is Moving the Conversation Beyond Loss and Adversity - Dance Magazine
Does Disability Need Fixing? (video 30:05)

Updated 01/14/2020

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