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Imagine Otherwise: Lauren Rile Smith on Feminist Circus Art & Disability Body Love
Guest: Lauren Rile Smith
- Lauren is a poet and performer, and the founder and producer of Tangle Movement Arts. She has trained trapeze and other circus arts at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and LAVA Brooklyn. When not on a trapeze, Lauren edits poetry for Cleaver Magazine. Tangle Movement Arts is a Philadelphia-based circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose performances mix traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble, and reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience.
Links to projects, people, and resources discussed:
- Tangle Movement Arts
- Julia Lines Wilson, fiber artist
- Fringe Arts Festival
- Performances in Public Spaces
- Cleaver Magazine
About Imagine Otherwise:
Imagine Otherwise is a podcast about the people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds. Episodes offer in-depth interviews with creators who use culture for social justice, and explore the nitty-gritty work of imagining and creating more just worlds. Check out full podcast episodes and show notes at ideasonfire.net/episodes. Imagine Otherwise is produced by Ideas on Fire, an academic editing and consulting agency helping progressive, interdisciplinary scholars write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.