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Quanimacy, a new audio work for Splayed Festival


At the invitation of Artist Amy Bell, Claire has created a new sound piece for Splayed Festival at The Place, London.


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

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, and includes notes and references

*Quanimacy – a term coined through processes with dramaturg Luke Pell after Julia Watts Belser’s theories on queer animacy, now adopted by Claire for their bespoke dance technique which has evolved in relation to these ideas, and is an embodiment of the meetings of many minds, bodies and knowledge shared over years of collaboration and attending.

The audio piece runs for approx 20mins and is binaural, designed specifically for headphones.

It’s free but ticketed. Available through The Place’s website for 30 days from Thu 15 October.