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Songs of the Wayfarer (Working title)

I really love turning into this sort of four-legged creature.  All the little places that you can wedge the crutch really right into a corner or into a crack.  In Scotland, we’d say nooks and crannies.

And I get so lost in that sort of play…when the ground really becomes …my companion. 



What is the choreography of crip* navigation? The wide compass of crip knowledge? What are the maps we would draw? Of place, scale, time, energy? What can be learned from those of us who reach for the ground through crutches, as 4-legged creatures…

In this new solo,  Claire sets out to examine the act of journeying itself, drawing comparisons with the world of mountaineering and inspiration from Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), re-engaging with her past as a classical singer to reframe our vision of journeying, craft and outdoor encounter through a crip lens.

*crip is a political and cultural identity embraced by some disabled individuals.


A Claire Cunningham Production.
Co-commissioned and co-produced by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Next Festival Kotrijk, HAU Hebbel am Ufer & No Limits Festival Berlin, No Limits Festival Hong Kong, Kammerspiele Munich, Sadler´s Wells London and Dampfzentrale Bern.
Created as part of the Einstein Strategic Professorship „Choreography, Dance and Disability Arts“at the HZT Berlin.

Conceived, choreographed and performed by Claire Cunningham
Artistic Collaborator Julia Watts Belser
Associate Director Dan Watson
Dramaturg Luke Pell
Set and Costume Design Bethany Wells
Lighting Design Chris Copland
Sound Design Matthias Herrmann