Schedule 2021

konferenztag: Saturday, 4th of September

What do we want from leadership?

Public Conversation in English spoken language with English subtitles and German spoken language and German sign language interpretation

This session facilitated by Kate Marsh and Noa Winter will explore our shared understanding and experience of leadership in the arts. Including provocations from artists Pelenakeke Brown and Dan Daw, we will ask what the lack of representation of disabled and deaf people in leadership positions means for us and our communities. Join us in the conversation to share your ideas and dreams of what kind of leadership we and our art need to thrive.

Kate Marsh, a white disabled woman with a red brown fringe lying down on her back on a black dancefloor. Her left arm is spread out in a 90 degree angle from her body. She is wearing a black shirt with the imprint „The future is accessible“ in white letters only partly visible on the photo.

Kate Marsh is a disabled dance artist-researcher with over 20 years of experience in performing, teaching and making. Her interests are centred around perceptions of the body in the arts and notions of corporeal aesthetics. Specifically, she is interested in each of our lived experiences of our bodies, and how this does (or doesn’t) inform our artistic practice. Her PhD focusses on leadership in the context of dance and disability and draws strongly on the voices of artists to interrogate questions around notions of leadership, perceptions and the body. Kate is a research fellow based at C-Dare (Centre for Dance Research) at Coventry University.

Noa Winter, a white, queer, disabled and chronically ill person with dark brown hair. They are lying with tucked up legs on their back, the green eyes looking headfirst into the camera. They are wearing a black skirt and a black shirt with the partly visible imprint „Access is Love“ in white capital letters with the O of Love is replaced with a red heart.

Noa Winter is a queer, disabled and chronically ill curator and dramaturg with a focus on disability arts and anti-ableism. They work as project leader for Making a Difference, a Berlin-based project that seeks to empower disabled and deaf artists, and as an independent researcher and consultant. Their main interests are the self-determined working methods of disabled, deaf and chronically ill artists, aesthetics of access and questions of anti-ableist curating. Most recently they co-curated the symposia Making Theatre Accessible – Be prepared to make mistakes and Exploded Times, Mad Spaces – Disability Arts & Crip Spacetime.

Black-and-white photograph of Dan Daw, a white, disabled, queer man with distinctive dark eyebrows and a beard. He wears a black shirt that is inseparably fused with the background and wrinkles his forehead while direcly looking into the camera.

Dan Daw is Associate Director of Sydney-based performance company, Murmuration. Working in partnership with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo to commission, develop and produce new work by disabled artists, Dan plays an integral role in the development and delivery of Murmuration’s artistic programs and community activities. Made in collaboration with theatre director Mark Maughan, performer Christopher Owen and a larger creative team, his next piece The Dan Daw Show tours from Autumn 2021. Dan continues to work at the forefront of collaborative performance making in Australia and the UK evidencing his ambitions as disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability.

Pelenakeke Brown is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and writer. Her practice explores the intersections between disability cultural concepts and Sāmoan cultural concepts. Her practice investigates sites of knowledge that hold both and she uses technology, writing, poetry, and performance to explore these ideas. She has performed and exhibited her work in the US, UK, and Germany. She has been recognized with a Pacific Toa award at the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Arts Awards in 2020 as well as receiving the Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award in 2019. Her non-fiction creative work has been published in The Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Crip Pleasures – a Tea Time Get-Together (Safer Space)

Safer Space in English spoken language with English subtitles and German spoken language and German sign language interpretation

Crip Pleasures – a Teatime Get-Together is going to be an interactive teatime party in which you can take part as much or as little as you like! Join however you fancy to be with us in this casual get-together, diving into pleasure feelings while drinking our teas, coffees and sparkling waters, eating our cakes, biscuits, and watermelons,… What is it that makes you as a Crip, Disabled, Sick, D/deaf, Mad and/or Neurodiverse person really feel good and satisfied? What’s your favourite snack and drink? Who taught you to feel good? Who’s your crip icon? Any Crip Pleasure Tools you’d recommend? Come, join and spill your tea…

Registration via email: winter@sophiensaele.com
This event is limited to max. 20 participants.


Safer Spaces
Our safer spaces are for disabled and deaf participants, while the public sessions are for disabled, nondisabled, deaf and hearing participants alike.
If you live with nondisabled and hearing privileges, we ask you to respect that this event is for disabled and deaf people only. We acknowledge that not all people we aim to welcome in this space will identify with the terms “disabled” or “deaf” but might use other terms (such as chronically ill, neurodiverse, mad etc.). In these Safer Spaces, we aim to create spaces for empowerment and to alleviate the pressure to assimilate to the nondisabled and hearing majority.


There’s a warm colour-play of reds, greens, golds and black in the image in which Tanja Erhart, white, crip – as in disabled and chronically ill – woman, is sitting on the floor, one arm casually thrown over her head, with a radiant smile on her face looking towards us. Mountains and plants in the backdrop of the image, juicy fruits in the front corner and two crutches transformed into candle-lit-holders, are framing Tanja’s body-minds. Across her right arm and leg all the way down into the floor there are letters spelling: Crip Pleasures – a Teatime Get-together.

Tanja Erhart, born in Austria and based in London, is a crip – disabled and sick –, queer, white woman in 3 different bodyminds: with her wheelchair, one-legged and three-legged with her two crutches. As a dance artist and cultural anthropologist, she finds excitement in exploring her bodyminds and develop movement practices also based on pleasure activism by focusing on dismantling oppressive structures through centring access and care, needs and desires. Her newest collaboration j e n g a with Katharina Senk, an interactive and intersectional dance piece which delves into the depths and the desires of building and falling apart together, will premiere in Vienna in January 2022.