Alice Sheppard: Where Good Souls Fear (ASL)
Where Good Souls Fear – ASL
Disability Dance Works, LLC presents: Where Good Souls Fear Choreographer and Performer: Alice Sheppard Script: Alice Sheppard Conversation Partners: Lindsay Eales, Laurel Lawson, and Danielle Peers Lighting, Video and Projection Design: Michael Maag Music and Sound Design: Dan Wool Where Good Souls Fear was supported in part by residencies at: Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Geneva, New York The Dance Artist in Residence Programme, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Banff, Alberta Canada. The Making of “Where Good Souls Fear” features: Choreographer and Performer: Alice Sheppard Script: Dahkil Hausif and Alice Sheppard Film Editor: Jenny Ramirez Street & VR Cinematography: Ramulas Burgess and Dahkil Hausif Music: Dan Wool ASL Interpretation: Kimberly Cantwell, RISE Interpreting, Inc. and Candace Davider Audio Description and Captions: Cheryl Green Performance Footage Performance Space New York: Where Good Souls Fear” by Alice Sheppard was presented as part of I wanna be with you everywhere: a collaboration between Arika, Performance Space New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as part of Performance Space’s “No” Series. Footage: Mehmet S. Yildirim Scripps College: Where Good Souls Fear was presented at Scripps College. Courtesy of Scripps Presents. Footage: Alex MacInnis Rehearsal Footage The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Rehearsal Footage: Danielle Peers The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Showing Footage: Halley Willcox Street and Virtual Reality Footage Dahkil Hausif and Bayyina Black for the Other System Copyright: Disability Dance Works, LLC
Accepting the outcome of a dare, dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard resigned her tenured professorship to train with Kitty Lunn and Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Alice joined AXIS Dance Company where she became a core company member, 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, Full Radius Dance, and MOMENTA Dance Company. Alice has also performed as a solo artist and keynote academic speaker throughout the United States.
A USA Artist, Creative Capital grantee and Bessie Award winner, 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 was a 2018 AXIS Dance Company Choreo-Lab Participant made possible with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her dance writing has appeared in the New York Times, book collections, and such journals as Catalyst, Movement Research and Performance Journal.
Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the intersectional 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 aesthetics as a creative force and access as an aesthetic critical to the creative process and not a retroactive accommodation.
Headshot Image Description Alice Sheppard, a multi-racial Black woman with coffee-coloured skin, blonde, copper, and red striped curly hair gazes towards the camera. She wears a black shirt; her face rests in the palm of her face, her elbow sits on her thigh, and a gold necklace gleams at her neck.