4 Legs Good
In her lecture performance, Cunningham examines her own artistic practice. In particular the use and abuse of crutches and how they shape her work. In a broad sense, her research has moved from the relationship between her crutches and her body to how the crutches determine her relationship to the world.
Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performances, based in Glasgow, Scotland. She’s currently a Factory Artist with Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany and an Associate Artist in 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.