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 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 is a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wants 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. We won’t know what this is ‘til it shows us, but we do know that disability communities don’t only make art about disability. ;) [winky face emoticon]


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

Programs and events will unfold across each evening, but there’s also going to be a major sense of ease. There’s time in between events for hanging out - both in and of itself, and in resistance to the inaccessible infrastructure that so often keeps us physically separated. Our Travel Fund can help you get with us, if the cost of local transport is an issue. 
Our General Access page 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. 
Image Description:
A silver and black tabby cat just chilling in a glass bowl on a sunny window ledge, head cocked to one side. There’s a green cactus in a pot in the background. A fluffy paw drapes over the side of the bowl, which is way too small for the cat.



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.