How do we voice things without speaking?
A recurring theme in the Humanities course is society’s suppression of marginalized voices. One way people in marginalized groups have asserted their voices is through performance, for, as we discussed in professor Bory’s unit, performance can communicate on a level deeper than words.
The voices of people with disabilities have historically been unacknowledged by society. Performance can amplify the voices of people with disabilities, especially for those who do are not verbal in the conventional way. The galleries below consist of times I’ve witnessed my friends with disabilities communicate with audiences through performance.
My good friend Martha has Down Syndrome, and since we became friends as little kids I’ve seen her dominate the stage time and time again. From dancing to singing to acting, Martha has communicated to audiences that she is very capable of being a star.
Martha in Performance