InterdepenDance Collective

Victoria-based Collective in Residence

InterdepenDance Collective
InterdepenDance Collective. From top left clockwise: Robin Gaudreau, Claire Bruce, Caroline MacCaull, and Lea.

For their cross-disability dance residency at Dance Victoria in October, two members of the InterdepenDance Collective (Claire Bruce and Lea E. Hutcheon), along with two independent artists (Robin Gaudreau and Caroline MacCaull) are co-creating a short dance film as part of the year-long Collective Access Screendance Residency co-hosted by InterdepenDance. The four artists are experimenting with camera work, projection, and audio that integrates multiple modes of access. After the DV residency they will edit the film and refine audio description and other layers of access. 

InterdepenDance Collective is a collective of artists who are active in cross-disability dance and who experience barriers in the arts. The group was started by dancers mostly based in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ homelands (colonially known as Victoria, BC) and the islands region. They are passionate about disability justice and interconnections among communities. The group is committed to ongoing learning around decolonial practices, Indigenous sovereignty, intersectional Disability Justice in/through dance, and prioritizing the leadership of Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, Sick, Crip, Disabled, Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, gender-expansive and queer artists and communities.

Image Description:

Robin Gaudreau (upper left) is seen from the shoulders up. They are a Black non-binary individual in their late 20s. They have shoulder length curly dark hair, a mostache and sparse beard. They are touching their shoulder in a dramatic fashion, and looking at the camera with a neutral expression.

Claire Bruce (upper right), 27, is sitting behind a bush wearing a pink top with lace on the sleeves. She’s smiling at the camera. She is Peruvian. Claire likes to move in a feisty latin way but she also likes to move in a slow contemporary way.

Caroline MacCaull (lower left) is lying in a grass field on her side with her left hand reaching up to rest on the top of her head. She wears a white button up and mustard yellow dress pants as she softly smiles at the camera.

Lea (lower right) is a nonbinary person turned slightly away from the camera, and wearing a black cap and jean jacket. Rays of sun highlight their steady gaze toward a blue and silver ocean. A sand-and-rock shoreline and evergreen trees are in the distance, and blue skies are above them.

Visible Bodies Collective’s residency is supported in part by the Contribute to the Land Fund through the Victoria Foundation.