Wavelength: Alice Sheppard
Image description: Alice Sheppard, a coffee-skinned multiracial Black woman with short curly hair, reaches her arms overhead. Her silver crutches extend her reach even further, crossing just above her hands. They glint under the stage light, along with her wheelchair and golden long-sleeved costume. Her eyes are closed as she takes in the moment. Photo by Mengwen Cao, during a performance of Where Good Souls Fear.
Alice Sheppard is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the intersectional disability arts movement. Through nuanced investment in the histories, cultures, and artistic work of disabled people and people of color, Kinetic Light promotes intersectional disability aesthetics as a creative force and access as an aesthetic critical to the creative process and not a retroactive accommodation.