KROPPSFUNKTION [choreo-abilities] is an art and research project that explores and challenges normative notions of body, ability, movement and language. The project uses crip theory as a framework, and suggests that so-called intellectual, communicative and cognitive disabilities are sets of specific, but often unarticulated and unattended, abilities. KROPPSFUNKTION turns to the border-crossing methodology of choreography, as to embody a norm disruptive action whereby (dis)abilities are recognized as constitutive of civil society, and empowered. The project is run by artistic collaborators from the daily activity center Vida omsorg och utbildning, the secondary special schools Kung Saga and Lindeparken, the artistic company Shake it Collaborations, the non-profit organizations ccap and c.off, artist and educator Zafire Vrba as well as crip theory method developer and performance artist Christine Bylund.
The aim of KROPPSFUNKTION is to open up issues of disability and crip theory within a larger cultural political context and agenda. KROPPSFUNKTION wants to expand notions of the possibility of bodies and depict new images that concern bodies, their functions and movements. KROPPSFUNKTION wants to widen contemporary dance and choreography, multiply variations and bodies, and examine how conceptions regarding body, function and movement are generated, reproduced and challenged. Thus, KROPPSFUNKTION seeks to engender a physical as well as discursive space for further variations of functions and bodies – on and outside of the contemporary, professional dance stage.
The project is running from 2014-2017.
In 2016/2017, KROPPSFUNKTION will present new choreographic performances; (im)perfect choreographies and My Own Bodies, an interdisciplinary publication and a choreographic tool-box. For more information: visit KROPPSFUNKTIONs Facebook-page and website (In Swedish).
The project is funded by: Arvsfonden (2015-2017), Culture Foundation of the Swedish Postcode Lottery (2014-2015) and City Council of Stockholm (2014-2015).