no clean lines—but maybe some lovely traces left in the universe

photo by Julie Lemberger, julielemberger.com
 Last week, Trina Mannino’s warm and beautifully written review came out on the Dance Enthusiast’s website. It is adorned by Julie Lemberger’s beautiful photos of the dance.

Read it here:

http://www.dance-enthusiast.com/features/view/Rebecca-Alson-Milkman

Secondly, the occasion of the show motivated me to contact Eliza Factor, founder of Extreme Kids & Crew, a play space and community center for children with disabilities and their families in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I had been hearing about Eliza, her son Felix, and her work in the disability community for many years while out in LA from her brother, Swig Miller. So I reached out to her in my effort to extend the audience for the show beyond the circle of my son’s school to other institutions in the field of special needs. Not only has meeting her and getting familiar with her writing been an enriching experience, but I am honored that Extreme Kids & Crew has decided to give me a “Felix Award” this May for my work curating and producing “No Clean Lines” and in particular choreographing “no clean lines in the drying concrete.”

 The Press Release for the Felix awards describes them as, “Extreme Kids & Crew’s antidote to the Oscars, celebrate the juncture of disability, creativity, art, and illuminating thought.  Each year we highlight an artist or writer whose work explores inclusive, unpredictable ways of expressing and celebrating the messiness of humanity.” Past honorees/presenters include: Rosanne Cash, Karen Pittman, Maysoon Zayid, and Andrew Solomon. It’s extremely flattering to be put in this company of artists, and gratifying to have such a warm welcome into the world of people making artwork about differing abilities.

In the meantime, read Eliza Factor’s blog about her experience of the show, and a brief interview she did with me about disability:

http://brokenandwoken.blogspot.com/

And then read her other entries, too, which bring careful consideration and elegant prose to a variety of issues surrounding disability.


​photo by Julie Lemberger, julielemberger.com
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