The Olimpias is a disability performance artists’ collective that creates collaborative, research-focused environments open to people with physical, emotional, sensory and cognitive differences and their allies. In these environments, we can explore pride and pain, attention and the transformative power of touch.
"Tendings" Workshop leaders, April 2018:
Petra Kuppers is a wheelchair dancer, disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Artistic Director of The Olimpias. She teaches at the University of Michigan and on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.
Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias. The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017) is her debut poetry collection and explores the seams of language, movement and mental health difference.