Jess Curtis isn’t afraid to put big ideas on stage and see what happens. In his new mini-festival Intercontinental Collaborations #7, Curtis says he’s focusing on ways to make dance more accessible — especially to people with physical disabilities or the blind.

“I’ve been really interested in finding ways that allow people to experience dance-based performance not just by looking at it,” he told me on a visit to KQED this week, “but by feeling it whooshing past you, and hearing the performers, describing what’s happening, in poetic ways.” My co-host this week, Tomas Riley, says that when he was executive director at Counterpulse, he worked with Curtis, a tall man with a shock of white hair, and always “appreciated the generosity with which (Curtis) shares himself and the stage.”

The festival will feature three dances: the U.S. Premiere of a work by Croi Glan Integrated Dance from Cork, Ireland, about digital culture; Sight Unseen, a world premiere by Curtis in collaboration with Celine Alwyn, Sherwood Chen, Gabriel Christian, Rachael Dichter, and Tiffany Taylor, who is vision impaired; and A Portrait of Me as You, a solo work by San Francisco artist Rachael Dichter. Details here.

Dances You Don’t Have to See to Appreciate 27 October,2017Cy Musiker


Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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