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Decolonizing Relaxed Performance: A Visual Translation of Vital Ecosystems

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Title: Decolonizing Relaxed Performance: A Visual Translation of Vital Ecosystems
Author: Collins, Kimberlee; Jones, Chelsea Temple; Rice, Carla
Abstract: This essay draws on the visual translations produced by artist Sonny Bean in response to the 2022 report, Relaxed Performance: Exploring University-based Training Across Fashion, Theatre and Choir. Relaxed performance (RP) is a wide-reaching movement toward accessibility in arts that challenges normative comportment in performance contexts and has evolved into a contemporary cross-sector vital practice rooted in disability justice. Through a selection of illustrations, Bean transforms human-centric data about RPs into a vital ecosystem that extends to the more-than-human world, denoting the complex interconnectedness of RP production in a settler colonial state.
Date: 2022-12-30
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Related Publications: Collins, K., Temple Jones, C., & Rice, C. (2022). Decolonizing Relaxed Performance: A visual translation of vital ecosystems. Research in Arts and Education, 2022(3), 58–64.

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