Cataplexy & Choreography

Researching Health & Dance

Cateplexy & Choreography | Critical Path Dance Residencey 2022

Choreographer, performer, scholar, teacher and producer Laura Osweiler`s research is based upon sharing and expanding her current practice beyond herself. Her research builds upon her current choreographic and performance practice that interweaves dance, movement, film, music, audio description and health and employs communication technologies to support access and engage with audiences in different locations.

During her 2022 Critical Path Research Residency, Laura will spend time exploring cataplexy, a part of narcolepsy where muscles release and the mind and body are on different parts of the spectrum of awake and asleep. She will share her dance and story by including outside voices into her processes as sounding boards, foster engagement with digital dance and the disability sector and develop community around shared interests of daily dance.

Her first set of collaborative research with producer and director Paul Osborne and international circus and physical theatre performer Sarah Houbolt will be in motion in the second part of February.

In this residency, Laura will explore the choreographic implications of cataplexy, a part of Type 1 Narcolepsy where muscles release and the mind and body are on different parts of the spectrum of awake and asleep. She aimed to unpack her experience with cataplexy into sharable and relatable art.

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