Dr. Rachel Gorman, Toronto
As an opening to Balancing Acts9’s Other Night, Dr. Gorman presents a dire need for this thing called “disability arts” to better attend to equity, activist, and social justice considerations within a rapidly evolving artistic ecology that is making profound contributions to the human rights movement that was its genesis. A professional disability arts movement has existed in Canada for over ten years now. It’s time to embrace the plurality and intersectionality of disability identity. Its time to put the politics back in the pride. Its time to be address issues of body/mind, social identity, sexuality, AND disability, rather than only the disability. What better way to do so than through the arts?
Dr. Gorman is a Lecturer at the Women and Gender Studies Institute of the University of Toronto, as well as their Undergraduate Coordinator. She is a highly respected scholar on the intersection of disability rights with feminist, critical race, and queer social analyses. She is also an accomplished performance artist, choreographer, and performance creation collaborator within disability arts, mad pride, and traditional arts communities.
Presented as part of Stage Left’s Improving Alberta’s Handicap Program.