A three short integrated dance piecesevening program curated by Aloun Marchal for SPINN


Medical definition of disability :Medical sciences have defined what is a healthy human body in anatomical and functional terms. This definition is an idealization of the human body. As most of the ideals, this ideal can be damaging psychologically for people living in reality, here meaning having a real body. This is especially the case for those that have a body that differs more from the norms that this definition creates.Social definition of disability :Social sciences have proposed an other way at looking at the diversity that exists amongst the different human bodies and the norms applying to them.In 1983, Marc Oliver has theorized the social model of disability arguing that nobody is disabled by essence, but that somebody can only be disabled within a context. For instance a wheelchair user is disabled when in front of stairs. Or a non english speaker would be disabled in front of this program sheet. Those two examples are quite obvious. It becomes more confusing in situations such as, let’s say, somebody with a big scare on his/her face that nobody would look at.

Are we then creating a social context excluding that person ? can we say that this person is then disabled by the social context ? However, appearance of socials context disabling people very often comes down to whether there is a will of including people in their diversity or not.I believe that it is extremely important that a diversity of bodies would have its place in our society and in the public space because that is what makes people used to diversity, get to approach it, know different people with different bodies and then feel better about their own unique body. The display of a diversity of bodies also fight a body normalization process going on in our western societies through fashion and advertisement, but also through clinical interventions routines. This normalization process of the bodies is creating extremely a lot of frustration and anxiety.