Off-Leash Area presents their 2nd Annual Off-Kilter Cabaret, an ongoing community program designed to highlight and support artists with disabilities in the creation of original performance work. The 2023 Off-Kilter Cabaret explores the theme “Inside, Outside, Inside-Out,” which asks artists to center a performance work around their hidden self and perception of their personal identity in the larger world, and which will showcase seven unique artists from a range of artistic disciplines including dance, comedy, puppetry, musical composition, spoken word, and storytelling.
This year’s cabaret, curated by the Off-Kilter Leadership Team, includes returning artists Braille, Scott Sorensen, and Young Dance and features AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa, Desdamona, Houa Moua, and Tessa Longshore for their Off-Kilter debut. It will be emceed by returning artist Amy Salloway.
Off-Kilter Cabaret will occur November 17, 18, and 19 at the fully accessible Tek Box in the Cowles Center for Dance. The event includes accessibility accommodations at all shows including American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Audio Description. The event will also offer Live Captioning on Saturday, November 18, as well as a requiring audience members to wear
N-95, KN-95, or similar high-filtration masks on Sunday 19. Extras will be available at the door.
Off-Leash Area, under co-artistic directors Jennifer Ilse and Paul Herwig, has a 24-year history of presenting original interdisciplinary performance work. The Off-Kilter Advisory Group and Selection Panel from the disability community also include: writer and storyteller Amy Salloway, multidisciplinary artist Gabriel Rodreick, arts accessibility consultant Jon Skaalen, and Sam Jasmine, host of the Disability and Progress program on KFAI. Off-Leash Area is excited to continue our partnership with Young Dance, whose mission is transforming lives through movement.