INCLINATIONS: a dance film short
Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, INCLINATIONS is a dance-on-film short contrasting the playful connections when disability aesthetics, disability community and a gorgeous ramp meet the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that can lurk just below the surface.
Starring: Danielle Peers, Alice Sheppard, John Loeppky, and Harmanie Taylor.
Run Time: 5 minutes 33 seconds
For a full list of credits visit IMDb page [coming soon]
INCLINATIONS began as a moment of ‘crip’ play. Alice Sheppard and Danielle Peers finding themselves on a 90-foot ramp on “social street”: the main entrance of the Kinesiology building at the University of Alberta. After a lifetime of climbing awkward, ugly ramps hidden away behind buildings with barely enough room for one chair user, this wide-open slope-scape sent us both literally somersaulting over the rails in our wheelchairs for nearly an hour.
Drawing on Sheppard’s work more broadly, the disabled body, enabled by the ramp, becomes a source of creative movement. Dancers can move in ways that they cannot move on flat surfaces and the ramp itself becomes an artistic object, transformed albeit temporarily into an environment that reveals connection, trust, beauty, and desire.
Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, this dance-on-video delves into the playful connection enabled where disability, community and ramp meet, as well as the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that lurk just below the surface.
Audio Description: Yes.
As creators of film who live disability as a culture and aesthetic, we are committed to creating audio descriptions for our film. We hire voice artists and writers that are deeply integrated into our creative process and approach audio description as it’s own equitable experience of the film.
Subtitles: No. Both film and music score have no text and therefore no subtitles.
Canada Council for the Arts, Disability Dance Works, LLC and The Human Performance Fund – Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta.
April 6, 2019 CHICAGO
Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival
May 7, 2019 ALBERTA
June 1 – 3, 2019 VANCOUVER
Sept 19, 2019 VANCOUVER
F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement)
Sept 21, 2019 WASHINGTON D.C.
National Dance Day at Kennedy Center
Oct 3, 2019 EDMONTON
Working the Intersections of Gender Conference at University of Alberta
Oct 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO
Superfest Disability Film Festival
October 24, 2019 TORONTO
Experimental Film and Music Festival
Oct 25, 2019 CHICAGO
Access Living Cabaret Event
Oct 25, 2019 AUSTIN
May 22, 2020 NOVA SCOTIA [TBD]
Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival
HOST A SCREENING
If you are a writer literate in disability culture and film and have a platform to publish on, please contact Alice Sheppard via disableddancer[at]gmail.com to discuss the possibility of previewing the film and audio description.
INCLINATIONS will be available to purchase through V-Tape, an artist-led distribution platform, and the videography of director Danielle Peers. Sign up to the email list to be notified when this is available for purchase.
Behind The Scenes
by Lawrence Carter Long
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by Lisa Niedermeyer