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2018 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Philadelphia
Dance, Disability and Discourse

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
2 PM - 5 PM
This is a free event. Registration required.


Temple University
Conwell Dance Theater, Conwell Hall (5th floor)
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Accessible entrance
Maps and Directions

Registration is now closed as we have reached capacity for the venue. Thank you!

About the Event

2 PM - 3 PM Screening/Panel: I Am Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

3 PM Performance: In this dance performance and artist talk, Alice Sheppard invites audiences to join her in a consideration of race, gender, disability, dance, and aesthetics. As she performs some of her solo work, Sheppard meditates on her artistic practice and a discussion of a disability arts manifesto.

Dance Performance and Artist Talk

Creative photo of Ms. Sheppard as mirror image of herself, using wheelchair and crutches
Image: Alice Sheppard seated in her wheelchair with two crutches, crosses her body and arches her spine to look behind. The photo is a mirror reflection and Alice looks back at herself as her crutches disappear into each other in a seamless touchpoint.
Photo credit: Lisa Niedermeyer

About the Presenter

Welcoming: Alice Sheppard
Dancer, choreographer and educator

Alice Sheppard saw Homer Avila, a disabled dancer, perform in 2004. Avila dared her to take a dance class; she did, and she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship at Pennsylvania State University in order to begin a career in dance. She studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, an Oakland-based company where she toured nationally and taught in the company's education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the United States.

As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture, and history, she attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race and dance.

An award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice's commissioned work attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race. Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based collective working at the intersections of architecture, dance, design, identity, and technology to show how mobility - literal, physical, and conceptual - is fundamental to participation in civic life and to American national identity.

Alice is a board member for Dance/NYC, Urban Bush Women, Jess Curtis/Gravity and a leadership council member for CounterPulse. She has served on Dance/NYC's Disability.Dance.Artistry Taskforce, grant review panels, and is a regular panelist and keynote speaker on disability, dance and accessibility.

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I Am Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

I Am documentary film's mixed-ability dancers in a group
I Am documentary film's mixed-ability dancers pose as a group.

I Am follows the journey of six students from Saint Katherine's Special Education School and eight dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet's Second Company to create a fully realized ballet piece choreographed by Jessica Kilpatrick.

A panel session moderated by Amanda T. DiLodovico, PhD, will follow the screening.

I Am is produced by Glenn Holsten / Freshfly Productions and Art-Reach.

More information

  • Registration is required.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted with your registration, by October 2, 2018.

Acessible Entrance

Enter through the rear of Wachman Hall on Beasley Walk.

If you are starting from in front of Conwell Hall, follow the red accessibility signs up Broad Street. Turn right by Barrack Hall. Wachman Hall's entrance will be ahead of you on the right.

Once inside the building go left, past the first elevator bank, around Student Financial Aid, and along the hallway into Carnell Hall. There you will find the elevators for Carnell Hall and Conwell Hall. Take any of these to the 5th floor.

Maps and Directions

Detailed Temple University maps and directions

List of accessible routes on Temple's main campus (check the box labeled "Show Accessible Directions Only")


The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Co-sponsors: Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Pennsylvania, and Institute of Dance Scholarship, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University.

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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service