Thu 15 Oct to Fri 13 Nov

Claire Cunningham - Quanimacy

[Binaural audio piece - ONLINE]

FREE but booking essential (For ONLINE events only 1 ticket per transaction can be purchased.)

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Quanimacy is a binaural sound work created by disabled artist and choreographer Claire Cunningham, as an intimate reflection on their relationship with their crutches, the queering of their body and the concept of queer animacy. 

A  conversation between Claire and the crutches, and featuring the voice and theories of Prof. Julia Watts Belser, scholar, rabbi, and activist for disability, LGBTQ, and gender justice who writes about the concept of queer animacy, their words are supported by the musical arrangements of composer Matthias Herrmann and dramaturgical care of Luke Pell.

A transcript of the work is available designed by Bethany Wells, which includes notes and references.

Please note: This work is designed specifically for headphones.
Duration: 21mins

Featuring Prof. Julia Watts Belser
Music by Matthias Herrmann
Transcript design by Bethany Wells
Dramaturgical and Editorial Support by Luke Pell

Listen to a short extract (the transcript of this extract is available to download at the bottom of this webpage):

The Place · Claire Cunningham - Dali Quanimacy Extract

This audio work will be available to listen to until Fri 13 Nov.

How to watch: Quanimacy will be hosted online. ​When you have booked you will be sent an E-Ticket to your registered email address (please check your spam folder), which will contain the necessary webpage link and password to enable you to access the audio work. 
Please note: If you do not receive an E-Ticket please contact

Price: Quanimacy is FREE but booking is essential.
Please note: For ONLINE events only 1 ticket per transaction can be purchased.

About Claire Cunningham:
Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland.   A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

For Claire Cunningham Projects:
Executive Producer Nadja Dias
Projects & Marketing Manager: Vicky Wilson

About Julia Watts Belser:
Julia Watts Belser is a rabbi, scholar, activist, and spiritual teacher.  She is a professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University and core faculty in Georgetown’s Disability Studies program, where she brings Jewish texts into conversation with queer, disability, and feminist ethics.  Her most recent scholarly book is Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem.  A passionate advocate for disability and gender justice, she co-authored the Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, developed in collaboration with disability activists from 42 countries, to help challenge the root causes of poverty, gender violence, and disability discrimination.  She currently directs a project on disability, climate change, and environmental justice – and when she’s not teaching or writing, she’s a passionate wheelchair hiker.

Previous digital works:

Care Harder from Claire Cunningham on Vimeo.

Times: From 10am (BST)
Venue: Online