Schedule 2021

konferenztag: Sunday, 5th of September

Crip Meditation (Safer Space)

Movement Session in English and German spoken language

Crip Meditation is a horizontal movement session based on visualization. Since meditation most often is to be practiced in sitting positions, Angela Alves Crip Meditations are designed for lying bodies. All Crips are invited to stay in bed or extend their bodies on the floor or attend the session from the outside world laying in the grass or somewhere else you feel comfortable. Participants can expect a soft start, a supportive surrounding and a horizontal dance session through visualization in order to move brains and calm down nervous systems.

Registration via email: winter@sophiensaele.com


Safer Spaces
This safer spaces addresses disabled participants. The public sessions are for disabled, nondisabled, deaf and hearing participants alike.
If you live with nondisabled privileges, we ask you to respect that this event is for disabled people only. We acknowledge that not all people we aim to welcome in this space will identify with the terms “disabled” 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 majority.


Angela Alves, a white woman with long red wavy hair, looking direcly into the camera. She is wearing a black translucid shirt with a black top underneath as well as large creoles, pink lipstick and black mascara.

Angela Alves is a dance artist, activist and mother based in Berlin. She is interested in perceptions of healthy and sick, as well as in article 3 of the German constitution. Therefore her work deals with issues of self-care, rebellion and the question of how to find comfort in the mode and art of unavailabilty. In 2014 she founded TURN. Neue Bewegung für Multiple Sklerose e.V. – an association that organizes inclusive dance workshops and exchange for MS Crips.

Building Crip Communities

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

To close the conference, curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter will be in conversation with Nina Mühlemann and Edwin Ramirez, who collectively developed the performance series Criptonite based on a peer-to-peer approach. The four will talk about what being in community with other disabled artists means to them and what it needs to build communities that are not only vaguely accessible, but instead celebrate crip ways of being in the world and making art.

The photo shows Nina Mühlemann and Edwin Ramirez on stage during a Criptonite performance. On the right, Nina, a white woman in her wheelchair, her face sporting an affixed moustache twisted by her lyp sinc performance. On the left, Edwin, a light skinned Black person in their wheelchair, also lyp sincing. In the backgrond of the stage, the sentence „I don’t care you’re here tonight“ is projected onto a black screen in white letters, resembling a karaoke event.

Nina Mühlemann is an artist and disability scholar based in Zurich. In 2017 she completed her PhD at King’s College London in Disability Studies and Performance Studies. From 2018-2019 she was co-director of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-culturally animated theatre practice project, with performances at Gessnerallee Zurich and Impulstanz Wien. Since 2020 she is co-director of Criptonite, a queer-crip theatre project at Gessnerallee Zurich, which is also part of the Freischwimmen network. She has curated and taught many different events, workshops and symposia on themes around disability and performance.

Edwin Ramirez is a performance artist and stand-up comic based in Zurich. They were part of the Future Clinic for Critical Care, a socio-culturally animated theatre practice project, with performances at Gessnerallee Zurich. In October 2020 he was part of the cast in the piece Star Magnolia at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich, an Afro-Futuristic Novella heavily inspired by the Parable book series by Octavia Butler. Since 2020 they are a co-director of Criptonite, a queer-crip theatre project at Gessnerallee Zurich, which is also part of the Freischwimmen network.