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Where Good Souls Fear
“I was not supposed to be a dancer,” writes choreographer Alice Sheppard in the New York Times. But when disabled dancer Homer Avila dared her to take a dance class, she accepted his challenge. Now, the former medieval scholar is a preeminent voice at the intersection of disability, gender, and race. Her latest performance, Where Good Souls Fear, is an investigation of excess and minimalism, provoking questions about who or what is “too much.” Ranging from lyrical floorwork to an explosion of furious movement, Sheppard challenges what we think we know of propriety for Black women.
Presented in partnership with: the Scripps College Humanities Institute and the Department of Dance, Good Trouble Makers + Downtown Dance & Movement, and supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund
Headshot image description: Alice Sheppard is a light skinned multi-racial woman with brown, yellow and copper streaks in her curly hair short hair. She smiles warmly and leans forward, resting her cheek on her hand. She is wearing a black long-sleeved top and a short gold necklace.
Photo by Beverlie Lord.
Performance Image description: Dancer Alice Sheppard, balances on her hands, arms straight, and on a pair of silver crutches, lifting her lower body and wheelchair high. Alice’s head is tucked and her short curly hair peaks out from behind her strong arms. She is wearing a shimmery gold bodysuit. She is set against a black background and light reflects off her costume, chair, and crutches.
Photo by Mengwen Cao.