Schedule 2021

konferenztag: Thursday, 2nd of September

Artistic Kinship (Safer Space)

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

Sindri and Jo are two independent disabled artists working in performance and choreography. When they met it was love at first _____ . Immediately recognising each other as kin, it was obvious they shared many pre-occupations, including but not limited to; a lived experience of Visual Impairment, expanding dance and performance out of the visual world through touch, sound or whatever means necessary, a very real love of mischief and a bizarre sense of humour. Here we join them discussing their practices and continuing these conversations.

Registration via email: winter@sophiensaele.com


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.


Jo Bannon, a white disabled woman with albinism looking directly into the camera. She is wearing rose lipstick, black mascara and a dark green shirt that leaves her shoulders bare. Her face is framed by her long white hair, which she wears open with a fringe.

Jo Bannon is a UK based artist working in performance, choreography and live art. Her work is concerned with identity, sensory perception, and human encounter and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed.  Her work is informed by her identity as a disabled woman with albinism and attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours.  Bannon’s work is led by form and so manifests in various mediums including intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences, staged performance, dance, film and installation.

Sindri Runudde is a dancer and choreographer based in Sweden. Their work is characterized by a multi-sensorial approach to the body as a living archive. Sindri invites artists and creators to their process to examine and problematize how we experience the world around us through our senses and our perception. A musical and auditive method and perspective is central. Sindris work spans over several fields and includes sound art, visual art and performance. They are educated in contemporary circus and dance, and have worked with companies and institutions as well as toured their own works both in Sweden and internationally.

Disability and Colonialism – Nervous Intersections of Uncertainty

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

In this conversation, Anajara Amarante and Carolina Teixeira will explore what is to expect, when someone links disabilities and the differences between the Global South and the Global North.  Together they will ask the question: What is colonialism, besides a word to describe tactics of domination and subjugation of individuals?

Anajara Amarante, a queer Brazilian woman pictured in a three-quarter view. Smiling she is wearing her brown-redish hair pinned-up, piercings in her ear and nose, black mascara, rose lipstick and a black jacket with a white patterned collar.

Anajara Amarante is a multidisciplinary artist concentrated on the field of performing arts, with previous formations in Biology and Communication, fields which subliminal influence her work. Brazilian, born with privilege to have food on the table, but sufficiently poor to be in public schools and working from the age of 15. She chose the life of an immigrant, a choice made by the circumstances surrounding her being a woman, queer and chronically ill. Her interest in work are the ones she connects easier with for personal reasons and formations. At the moment, her work is focused on dissident bodies, especially disabled, queer and immigrant bodies.

Black-and-white photograph of Carolina Teixeira, a Brazilian woman pictured outside in a squatting position. She is looking down on a number of prosthetics and orthotics lying on the bare ground in front of her.

Carolina Teixeira is a Brazilian artist with PhD in Performing Arts by the Federal University of Bahia. She explores and criticizes the imperative discourse about disability as a prosthetic one, which mean a conventional discourse that forces a disabled body to suffer correction, coercion, and appropriation. Thus, she has initiated an aesthetics project called Prosthetics Poetry. It involves the relationship between disability and urban spaces or landscapes which she identifies as deformed geographical spaces. She explores the dissolution of normative bodies through the use of prosthesis and orthotics – objects that symbolize a metaphor of correction, coercion, order, and sabotage.