ROTATIONS is a collaborative movement practice centering disabled wisdom and the process of access. Founded by queer immigrant artists of color Pelenakeke Brown and Yo-Yo Lin, and led by and for intersectional, multidisciplinary dance artists, ROTATIONS centers the knowledge and wisdoms of Mad, Deaf/deaf/HoH, chronically ill, sick, and disabled dancers—cultivating the ways we create in our wholeness, challenging dominant perceptions of dance-making, and celebrating the ritual of being together through the Internet. ROTATIONS is in-motion, a process of turning, an energetic cycle, an orbit of celestial bodies, a movement that circles all of us. ROTATIONS moves in cycles. Each cycle is a series of 8 movement classes taught by different practicing, disabled dance artists.
Covid-19 brought dominant life together on the Internet, yet living and building community online was nothing new for disabled folks. As the pandemic is deemed “over” and cities go back to pre-pandemic practices, chronically ill and disabled wisdom continue to be further invisibilized. With ROTATIONS, we are committed to honoring and archiving the expertise of our crip communities.
The project’s pilot served 118 disabled participants, Zooming in from 7 countries (US, Canada, Aoterea (New Zealand), Australia, Taiwan, Greece, Germany) for a series of classes taught by 9 disabled movement-based artists and coordinated by a core team of 4 disabled artists. All materials are shared as an online resource for disabled dance communities.
We are currently planning a new cycle of ROTATIONS for 2024. We will post information as soon as we have it.
We work to honor the needs of all body-minds and identities across disability, race, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status (among others) with nuance and humility. Learning from our disability justice ancestors, we understand access is and will always be an ongoing process. We understand leadership belongs to those most impacted.
ROTATIONS acts as an exploratory online workshop space where the priority is being together and learning from one another. We seek to dismantle predominant notions of rigor, centering perspective-driven explorations, generative aesthetics, and disability justice praxis.
We aim to create a collective resource and living archive of our teachings and learnings. All techniques and classes will be open-source, accessible, and shared on the web at rotations.dance.