Petra Kuppers and Stephanie Heit host two-day Olimpias workshop

When and Where

Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Petra Kuppers; Stephanie Heit


Esteemed Disability and Performance Artist-Scholar Petra Kuppers and incredible poet and collaborator Stephanie Heit will be holding a two-day Olimpias Workshop through the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance studies. Held on and off campus, the Olimpias will explore notions of community and tenderness.

Day 1: April 13, 2019, noon to 4:00 pm 
Location: 79 St. George St., Front and Long Room 

Day 2: April 14, 2019, noon to 4:00 pm
Location: Cahoots Studio Space 388 Queen St. East, Unit 3


Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers explore Olimpias scores and insights from Tendings, small everyday collaborative practices that combine experiential anatomy, disability culture, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. Let’s go to the shore, the street, other edge spaces of urban life and insert ourselves, our differences, our breath. This practice nourishes activist interdependent energies and pools resources for community building and stewardship of self and the environment.

The Olimpias is a disability performance artists’ collective that creates collaborative, research-focused environments open to people with physical, emotional, sensory and cognitive differences and their allies. In these environments, we can explore pride and pain, attention and the transformative power of touch.

Workshop Leaders

Petra Kuppers is a wheelchair dancer, a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Artistic Director of The Olimpias. She teaches at the University of Michigan.

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She is bipolar and a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective.

There is limited space available for participants in this workshop. For those who wish to participate in both days, please email the following to Jessica Watkin by March 20, 2019:
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