AND ARTS FAIR
The Kennedy Center
Saturday, August 20th, 2022
10:30am – 8:30pm
Thank you to all who were able to join us for the Open Doors festival at The Kennedy Center. This event included an arts market, dance and movement classes, panel discussion, cabaret & Millennium Stage performances, and more. The festival, created by members of the disability community, celebrates professional artists who identify as disabled and/or d/Deaf, in community with allies.
Feel free to share the archived Millenium Stage live stream!
And enjoy these photos by our collaborator, Greater Depth Media, of various parts of the festival (descriptions coming shortly)
Schedule of Events
About the Arts Market: Artists include Allison Dyer (painter, textile artist, and crafts artist) Alex Fitzgerald (digital painter), Mateo Mordecai (bio architectural artist), Kaeden Stewart (visual artist across multiple media and found object collage artist) Jessica Wallach (photographer), D’Bora Ware (painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist).
Door Jams -Dance Classes In Collaboration with Dance Sanctuaries
Come dance with us Saturday morning at 4 classes 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. These classes are a part of the Open Doors Festival and are in collaboration with the Culture Caucus and the Dance Sanctuaries programs of the Social Impact Office. Please register for this dance section of the festival
STUDIO F AT THE REACH
Class #1 | Revolving Doors Introduction – Dance, Access and Disability Justice
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Explore and create in a safe space technique to create dance that is accessible to yourself and others. Join Corina Dalzell (dancer and choreographer) and Suzanne Richard (dancer and director) for a chance to dance and create in a framework of Disability Justice. All bodies are welcome and celebrated.
Instructors: Susie Richard & Corina Dalzell
Class #2 | Introduction to Viewpoints
This class will be a basic Introduction to Viewpoints, a set of techniques developed by Anne Bogart to help us think about how we move. Participants will learn about the 9 Viewpoints and come away with an enhanced understanding of how to recognize and communicate about movement in artistic spaces and out in the world. All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing they can move in. No specific accessibility needs beyond anything a participant may need to understand verbal explanations and cues.
Instructor: Regan Linton
Movement Workshop: Revolving Doors – Dance, Access and Disability Justice
Explore and create more deeply in a safe space technique to create dance that is accessible to yourself and others. Join Corina Dalzell (dancer and choreographer) and Suzanne Richard (dancer and director) for a chance to dance and create in a framework of Disability Justice. All bodies are welcome and celebrated.
When Arts, Access, and Awesomeness Intersect
PANEL DISCUSSION | RIVER PAVILION
About the Panel: If you want to change society, start with the Arts. A panel discussion on how the arts contribute to access and awesomeness for disabled and intersectional communities. Speakers include Michelle Banks (director and performer), Regan Linton (director and actor), and Suzanne Richard (artistic director and performer)
Open Door Jam
CABARET PERFORMANCE | RIVER PAVILION
A celebration of DMV performers with disabilities. Part 1 features performers Adam McCrensky and Aaron Hyndman in partnership with Artstream, poets Mel Hardy and Alexander Burdette, and circus performer Lisa Lewis. Part 2 continues with Amelia Turkewitz in partnership with Artstream, poet Marlena Chertock, and actors Emily Kranking and Regan Linton.
Open Doors Festival on The Millennium Stage
Open Doors Festival on The Millennium Stage
MILLENNIUM STAGE PERFORMANCE | GRAND FOYER
About the Millennium Stage performance: Join us to celebrate DMV writers and performers who identify as disabled and/or d/Deaf, including performers Scott Sedar and Aarron Loggins, playwright Amy Claussen, composer and pianist Shelby Lock, and poet Natalie Illum. They are joined by both performers with disabilities as well as allies: Linda Bard, Regan Linton, Suzanne Richard, James Rushin, Tro Shaw, Jessica Wallach, and Stuart Weich. Tickets are free and can be reserved, link coming soon.
Music and Mingle
LIVE MUSIC SET | RIVER PAVILION
About the Music and Mingle: Close out the day with music and a chance to meet other artists and attendees. Featuring composer and performer Zak Sandler and musician Towsley. Discounted drinks will be served in the River Pavilion.
Open Circle Theatre is dedicated to shows integrating professional artists with and without disabilities. Please follow the links to the left to find out more about current and past productions.