Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland and a current Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany as well as a Work Place Artist with The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is initially rooted in the use/misuse, study and distortion of crutches. Through these objects she not only engages physically with the world, exploring the potentiality of her specific physicality as a disabled individual, crafting a unique vocabulary which aims to challenge conventions around virtuosity, classical aesthetic and dance, but are also her means to relate and connect to the world as an artist. She is interested in non-normative bodies and keen to highlight the enrichment to be gained in contemporary performance, especially dance, by embracing this. By extension she is also driven to make work that will attract those often disenfranchised from watching contemporary dance due to the conventional body aesthetics or because of the seeming abstractness of dance. Her interest in combining artforms stems from this intention.
Natsuko Tezuka is a dancer and choreographer born in Yokohama Japan. She started her career as a solo dancer in 1995 and worked with themes of exploring her own style that does not employ conventional techniques. She produced her Anatomical Experiment series with the theme of body observation in 2001. She is living and working in Berlin since April 2018.
Zwoisy Mears-Clarke is a choreographer of the encounter. He uses the expanding potential of dance and choreography to confront mechanisms of oppression, like racism and ableism, that sabotage human interaction on both a structural and interpersonal level. Zwoisy holds a Bachelor (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, USA and a Bachelor (B.A.) in Engineering and Dance from Oberlin College, USA. Currently, Zwoisy is based in Rösrath, Germany. www.zwoisymearsclarke.com