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Kinetic Light: DESCENT: Online & In-Depth

October 28, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Free – $50

Alice Sheppard, a multiracial Black woman with coffee-colored skin and short curly hair, is crawling on her hands with her knees in Laurel Lawson's footplate. Laurel, a white person, is arching her back on the ground as she is dragged along the floor. Their wheels form a figure 8; a sunset appears behind them and shadowy figures appear below (designed by Michael Maag). Big white letters read DESCENT by Kinetic Light along with access icons for ASL, OC, and AD.

Inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin and performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks, DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. The character of Andromeda is embodied by Alice Sheppard, restoring the racial heritage that Rodin himself erased. Venus is assumed by Laurel Lawson, who both challenges and realizes Rodin’s imaginations of Venus and ideals of feminine beauty.

For this event, Kinetic Light integrated a new iteration of musical artistic American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation that goes beyond orchestration to reveal how sound and light are at the heart of the piece. This event will also include three versions of DESCENT from which audiences can choose an experience; including two different forms of artistically and aesthetically equitable audio description. In the newest audio description track, Cheryl Green delivers an evocative emotional audio description with emphasis on plot and the internal world of Andromeda and Venus.

This accessible online offering will include a Kinetic Light artist conversation and screenings of DESCENT, featuring dancers Laurel Lawson and Alice Sheppard, with lighting and video design by Michael Maag.

Stream recording will be available to ticket holders for 48 hours after each event.

Access: Open captions, multiple audio description tracks, musical ASL interpretation, call line, and transcripts. Contact support@kineticlight.org with questions.



October 28, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $50


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