This year we’re creating a prototype for a new project inspired by the stories shared by artists in our community about their experiences navigating the city as persons with disabilities. ‘Cause it’s a jungle out there!
Disability Tour Bus is also inspired and supported by academic research that postulates the argument that disability is performative. We’re excited to further that argument by revealing disability is especially performative as a consequence to physical and attitudinal barriers in the urban landscape.
Disability Tour Bus will be an immersive, and site-specific work, with the City of Vancouver being a central character. The project intends to blur the lines between professional and community, and, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Radix Theatre’s Andrew Laurenson, who brings 25 years of experience in creating site-specific performances. Andrew conceived and produced Radix’s The Sniffy the Rat Bus Tour, in which the audience traveled on a luxury tour bus to the Vancouver sites where the Sniffy story happened. (Sniffy was a real rat threatened with death by a Vancouver performance artist in 1990).
Disability Tour Bus is gonna be a wild ride!
Emily Grace Brook
Alfiya Battalova, PhD.