An interactive presentation by Lawrence Shapiro, presented by All Bodies Dance Project.
“An engaging one hour examination into this underrepresented population in contemporary performance art”
– Prof. Sarah Watkins, Centre for Dance Research University of Coventry, UK
This presentation is dedicated to the memory of the late, great Geoff McMurchy, past leader of the Vancouver Society of Disability Arts and Culture who in the fall of 2005 gave Lawrence his very first opportunity as a disabled dancer.
From the stages of London and Vienna to world class training in New York City, Lawrence Shapiro (he/his) is an accomplished, passionate and pioneering practitioner of integrated dance. Lawrence is a validated Deaf and Disability Artist with the Canada Council, a multi-grant recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s “Deaf and Disability Arts Projects” program and has performed at dance festivals in both Europe and North America. In 2016 his production of “Discovering” at the Daniels Spectrum Theatre in Toronto became the first dance piece in Canada to feature an above knee amputee in a leading role. In addition to his performing career, he has delivered his presentation on the role of the amputee in integrated dance to disability dance conferences across Great Britain as well as University of Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre in 2018. He is currently in training with Dance Umbrella Ontario in the creation of his own integrated dance company.