Petra Kuppers on Detroit Public TV


MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program faculty advisor Petra Kuppers was featured on Detroit Public TV's show, Detroit Performs, for her community art work about disability and dance at the Northville Art House.

"Art is the transformation of everyday into something else," she says. Watch the 8-minute video clip below.

Air date: 5/3/16. Community artist Petra Kuppers explains community art. Episode 405/Segment 1.

Bio note:

Petra Kuppers is an internationally active disability culture activist, a community performance artist, Artistic Director of The Olimpias performance research collective. She has taught for over ten years in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program and is also a Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Petra is a recipient of the American Society for Theatre Research's best dance/theatre book award and the National Women's Caucus for the Arts' Award for Arts and Activism.

Petra uses somatic speculative writing and performance practice to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures, and she grounds herself and her work in site-specific performance and disability culture methods. She has written academic books on disability arts, dance and somatic poetics, and medicine and performance. Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods, and her Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014) is full of practical exercises for classrooms and studios. Most recently, her book Theatre & Disability (2017) offers a snapshot of this thriving and growing field. Her Community Performance: An Introduction is a foundational text in the field. Her creative books include the poetry collection PearlStitch (2016), the queer/crip speculative short story collection Ice Bar(2018), and the ecopoetry collection Gut Botany (2020).

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