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I wanna be with you everywhere Solstice Gathering 2024

A Gathering In-Person and Online

I wanna be with you everywhere, an everywhere gathering envisioned by and for disability communities, returns for another summer solstice hang – simultaneously virtual and in-person – returning to your bedroom, hospital bed, backyard, kitchen table, living room, back room, no room, Zoom room, and the Performance Space New York 122CC outdoor courtyard (located at 150 First Avenue in NYC) on Friday, June 21 from 4pm–8pm EDT and 9pm-1am BST UK Time.

The hang features Kayla Hamilton and Elisabeth Motley of Crip Movement Lab, Jia Bin, Delicia Daniels, JJJJJerome Ellis, Conor Foran, and Kristel Kubart of People Who Stutter Create. This hybrid-online pop-up solstice gathering is the third iteration of IWBWYE and this third time’s a real charm: we’re conjuring up an even chiller vibe than before.

On the solstice, I wanna be with you everywhere celebrates disabled activist, author, writer, editor, and community organizer, Alice Wong, for all the ways Wong has spread the wealth of k/crip love, knowledge, and resistance. Disability Visibility Project, the media platform Wong founded, is “an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.” IWBWYE honors Alice Wong for her writing on Palestinian liberation as an urgent disability justice issue. Wong’s new anthology, Disability Intimacy: Essays on Love, Care, and Desire, is available now.

Audio Programme for IWBYWE on Soundcloud

Performers: People Who Stutter Create (Jia Bin, Delicia Daniels, JJJJJerome Ellis, Conor Foran, Kristel Kubart) and Crip Movement Lab (Kayla Hamilton with Elisabeth Motley)

Emcees: Dickie Hearts + Anjel Piñero with online hosts Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha + Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Johanna Hedva + NEVE, and Chella Man + Oliver Stabbe

This solstice gathering is organised by Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

IWBWYE is a celebration of nonlocality, roaming, peripatetic (traveling) passions. It’s a stranded, stuck, slowed, stop-time love scene. 2024’s Summer Solstice launches our upcoming K/Crip School pilot with deepened invocations from kin and collectives. Our study is the get together. There won’t really be an end as this is actually just the beginning (again), third round around, encore before—in continual rehearsal.

Attendance Overview

Attendance to I wanna be with you everywhere online and in person is FREE with RSVP.

ASL interpretation (on stage and floating for conversation), CART captioning, Audio Description (AD), Image Description (ID), and creative sound description are all in our hybrid access ecologies in-person and online; Zoom hosts and Access Doulas will keep us together.

Planning to join in person at Performance Space New York? Many of us will be wearing masks with the understanding that not everyone can mask. Free food truck out front. ADA all gender bathrooms, an indoor Low Stim-Room (masks highly encouraged and provided), and a haptic platform (This is d/Deaf Priority seating but all are welcome).

Traveling to Performance Space from within NYC? Please fill out this form by June 19 for a free Lyft/Uber voucher or reimbursement from our travel fund made to bring you here. Or see you online where we have talk show vibes and cameo crushes, a lively monitored chat that we break to read out, and break out rooms for smaller hangs and quiet space.

See the Access tab for full Access details.

Schedule

4.00pm EDT/ 9.00pm BST—Open Meet-up time (IRL + URL)

On Zoom, a shifting cycle of online Hosts begins: Cyrée Jarelle Johnson and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Johanna Hedva and NEVE, Chella Man and Oliver Stabbe, and Courtyard Emcees Dickie Hearts and Special Guest.

4.15pm EDT/ 9.15pm BST—Land acknowledgement and welcoming invocation

4.30pm EDT/ 9.30pm BST—Break / Open Meet-up time

Access: Audio description (AD), ASL, CART

For hanging out with old and new friends while crossing the digital, access, and geographic divides that often separate us.

5.00pm EDT/ 10.00pm BST—Invocation by People Who Stutter Create: Jia Bin, Delicia Daniels, JJJJJerome Ellis, Conor Foran, Kristel Kubart

Access: Audio description (AD), ASL, CART

Following last year’s Performance in the spirit and celebration of Aster of Ceremonies, JJJJJerome Ellis returns to Performance Space’s courtyard with People Who Stutter Create. Jia Bin, Delicia Daniels, JJJJJerome Ellis, Conor Foran, Kristel Kubart (People Who Stutter Create) welcome us into their practice of “creating time.” They wish to acknowledge the work of other people who stutter and organizations that have greatly inspired their collective. At the Solstice, PWSC share a postcard takeaway born of this fellowship of creativity and stuttering. Across town, PWSC’s billboard is up at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets through August 11 as part of the 2024 Whitney Biennial.

5.30pm EDT/ 10.30pm BST—Break / Open Meet-up time

Access: Audio description (AD), ASL, CART

For hanging out with old and new friends while crossing the digital, access, and geographic divides that often separate us.

6.30pm EDT/ 11.30pm BST—Kayla Hamilton and Elisabeth Motley (Crip Movement Lab)

Access: Audio description (AD), ASL, CART

Hamilton and Motley bring us to the studio, guiding us through their methodologies and desires for dance education to center disability as a framework for creativity. Crip Movement Lab is an accessible movement practice co-created by Kayla Hamilton and Elisabeth Motley (2021) for all disabled people and their non-disabled accomplices. If you’re feeling it (and we hope you will), join us!

7.00pm EDT/ 12 midnight BST—Break / Open Meet-up time

Access: Audio description (AD), ASL, CART

For hanging out with old and new friends while crossing the digital, access, and geographic divides that often separate us.

8.00pm EDT/ 1.00am BST—Close

Credits

This Solstice Gathering is organised by the members of IWBWYE: Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

Thanks from IWBWYE

A huge thanks to everyone at Performance Space New York.

This occasion is first and foremost a space for gathering across multiple realms–virtual and in person. None of it is possible without IWBWYE’s amazing Access Coordinator Madison Zalopany and the care, commitment, and imagination of all of the access workers, doulas/ushers, consultants, and friends in bringing this occasion into being. Thank you. We’d like to deeply thank and introduce IWBWYE’s co-conspirator and Arts Administrator, artist Michelle Lisa Polissaint. We’d also like to thank Alexandria Wailes, our Deaf Consultant and Director of Artistic Sign Language. Special shout out to our amazing emcee Dickie Hearts for the vibes. Speaking of vibes, thank you Constantine for the haptic seating too. And an extra special thank you to Alex Dolores Salerno for this year’s Low Stim Space/Quiet Lounge.

We’d like to thank our collaborators, Arika, for openly sharing both their co-dreaming visions and their earthly practical guidance in this process—from its earliest conceptions in 2015, to its first iteration in 2019, and beyond!. We’d like to thank everyone everywhere who has joined us in making new, and nurturing extant, Cross-Disability communities. And finally: extra special shout out to anyone anywhere whose absence is or has been their presence too; we feel you and we are with you—everywhere.

Access

Event Access

ASL interpretation (on stage and floating for conversation), CART captioning, Audio Description (AD), Image Description (ID), and creative sound description are all in our hybrid access ecologies in-person and online; Zoom hosts and Access Doulas will keep us together.

Access URL

Livestream connectivity between in-person and online attendance via Zoom. Live CART captioning. ASL interpretation for performances and breakout rooms. Audio Description (live discrete description via the second language channel on Zoom). Access doulas will read out the chat and provide occasional descriptions of sound and visuals where applicable. Zoom breakout rooms, including a quiet-only breakout room.

Access IRL

Livestream connectivity between in-person and online attendance via Zoom. Live CART captioning. In-person ASL interpretation for performances as well as for informal conversation among attendees. Audio Description (live discrete description on devices). Access doulas on site for welcoming, wayfinding, and occasional description of sound and visuals where applicable. Low Stim/Quiet Lounge inside. Shade and rain cover. Seating, d/Deaf priority haptic platform, and space for mobility aids and Service Animals. A free food truck will be onsite at Performance Space serving Palestinian food with gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options.

Venue Access

Performance Space New York is located at 150 First Avenue at the corner of 9th Street in Manhattan. The courtyard is step-free; the ground is a wheelchair accessible ecofloor system (grid of tightly packed gravel). ADA all-gender bathrooms are located inside Performance Space on the 4th and 5th floors. On the 1st floor are gender-segregated, ADA, multi-stall bathrooms.

Weather Contingency

In the event of heavy rain or outdoor Air Quality Indexes (AQI) in excess of 100, this event will be rescheduled.

Audience Travel Fund

Traveling to Performance Space from within NYC? Please fill out this form by June 19 for a free Lyft/Uber voucher or reimbursement from our travel fund made to bring you here.

COVID Safety

This is a primarily online and outdoor event. Many people will be wearing masks. Some of us can’t wear masks, and for some of us masking makes communicating impossible. If you can maintain distance while communicating and hanging out, please do. If you can mask, please do. “Smile” see-through masks will be available onsite. Please stay home and rest if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms or if you have been recently exposed to COVID. And of course, if you are able, please attend online instead and trust it will be one of the best Zooms you’ve been to!

Getting in Touch

If you or a friend require a particular form of support or translation not listed here or in the event descriptions, we would love to connect. Email us at boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. Advance notice is appreciated and requests made by June 11 will have the best chance of being met.