I wanna be with you everywhere

11–14 Apr 2019
Performance Space New York, New York

Organized by Arika, Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard and Constantina Zavitsanos.


April 11, 13, 14 (2019) at Performance Space New York


“People misunderstand… I was talking survival, and they were talking rights, independence, more abstract concepts. Community is survival.” - Nick Dupree


“A Deaf Blind poet will not stop if police order him to.” John Lee Clark


I wanna be with you everywhere was a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wanted to get with us for a series of crip meet-ups, performances, readings and other social spaces of surplus, abundance and joy.  It refuses policies of individuation and inclusion in favor of (and in the flavor of) whatever disability aesthetics has in bodymind. 


Featuring performances and readings by: Eli Clare, John Lee Clark, Kayla Hamilton, Johanna Hedva, Jerron Herman, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Camisha L. Jones, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Jordan Lord, NEVE, and Alice Sheppard.


We operate from the point of view of access intimacy. Access isn’t an individual's need, but a common capacity shared between us all. 


Each event was documented by video, audio recording, photographs and text. Where the artists have given permission, these recordings will be available on the individual event pages. 

Each video is captioned in English. Most also feature American Sign Language as recorded at the event. 

Several of the performances featured live audio description - this is available as video and audio where available. 

If the documentation for an event you are interested in is missing, please contact us - we may be able to share restricted documentation on a case by case basis, with the express permission of the artist.

To see the access we provided live, you can visit our General Access page which has info on ASL, Real-Time Captioning (CART), Audio Description, Assisted Listening, SUBPAC physical music wearable technology, quiet space, local travel fund, and how to make general access enquiries. Each event listing has more details on access provision specific to each performance. 






A collaboration between Arika, Performance Space New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Arika are supported by Creative Scotland.

Thanks to SUBPAC.

I wanna be with you everywhere would not be possible without a whole host of folks. The organizers would like to thank and give mention to: Andy Sowers, Anna Musslemann, Benjamin Kimitch, Jenny Schlenzka, Ripley Soprano and Yolene Grant and everyone at Performance Space New York. Jennie Goldstein, Justin Allen, Madison Zalopany and Sasha Wortzel at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Snooks at SUBPAC, Jason Hirata. All the participants and their supporters: Akemi Nishida, Alice Sheppard, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Camisha L. Jones, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Eli Clare, Jerron Herman, Johanna Hedva, John Lee Clark, Jordan Lord, Kayla Hamilton, Lamin Leroy Gibba, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco (NEVE), Nicole Y. McClam and Anthony E.T. Ricardi, Johannes Beck, Anthony Kodwo Amos, All the folks involved in interpretation and translation: Gerard Williams, Halene Anderson, Stacie Stelmach. All Hands in Motion and their interpreters: Patrick Coble, Candace Davider and transcriptionist Amy Lee. Thanks also to Chancey Fleet and the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library for the creation of the Braille programs. All the members of the Steering Group Alice Sheppard, Amalle Dublon, Carolyn Lazard, Constantina Zavitsanos, Jerron Herman, Park McArthur.