Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned self-identifying disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques.(developed for non-disabled bodies), which runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

I wish for you to protect your sanctuaries. In the shift to already presume a new normative – perhaps of screens and perceived “access” – an expected opening of your personal spaces to all the world and to strangers, for some this is effortless, but if this is not you then I wish for us all the strength to resist expectations of the “this is how it is now”, the expectation of “always now available”. A chance to sanctify time now, and the shattering of normative notions of time, more than place perhaps…