Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility — San Francisco, CA
April 8-10, 2011
Z Space (formerly Theater Artaud)
450 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA
Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Sins Invalid celebrates the power of embodiment & sexuality, stripping taboos off sexuality and disability to offer a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and communities.
Knotting Stories Over Time and Geography is best captured in the words of artist performer Aurora Levins Morales:
“Our history is in our bodies—what we do to breathe, how we move, the sounds we make, our myriad shapes, our wild gestures, far outside the boundaries of what’s expected, the knowledge bound into our bones, our trembling muscles, our laboring lungs—like secret seeds tied into the hair of our stolen ancestors, we carry it everywhere. Our stories erupt in the dances we invent, in the pleasure rubbed from our bodies like medicine from crushed leaves, spicy, astringent, sweet… Listen with your body. Let your body speak.”
2011 artists include:
Aurora Levins Morales
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leroy F. Moore Jr.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. In solidarity with loved ones and community members who are chemically injured and would like to attend the show, please refrain from using perfume, cologne and other scented products. Although we cannot guarantee a completely scent-free space, there will be scent free seating all three performances.
Supported by the generosity of the Aepoch Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Community Foundation (Boulder), the Carpenter Foundation, the Horizons Foundation, and the Left Tilt Fund.
Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present performance work where normative paradigms of “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities.
Sins Invalid recognizes that we will be liberated as whole beings as disabled/as queer/as brown/as black/as genderqueer/as female or male bodied as we are far greater whole than partitioned. We recognize that our allies emerge from many communities and that demographic identity alone does not determine ones commitment to liberation.
Sins Invalid believes in social and economic justice for all people with disabilities in lockdowns, in shelters, on the streets, visibly disabled, invisibly disabled, sensory minority, environmentally injured, psychiatric survivors moving beyond individual legal rights to collective human rights.
Our stories, imbedded in analysis, offer paths from identity politics to unity amongst all oppressed people, laying a foundation for a collective claim of liberation and beauty.
Please Note: Show contains explicit content