Out of time has many different meanings, amongst them outmoded, out of step, under time pressure, no time left, or simply delayed. In the disability context it may also refer to resistant attitudes of living in "crip time" that contradict time as a linear process with a more or less predictable future. According to Alison Kafer, "crip time bends the clock to meet disabled bodies and minds." What does this mean in the disability arts? What new concepts of accessibility, crip futures, and crip resistance can be staged or created by disability performance? And how does the notion of "out of time" connect crip time with pandemic time in disability performance?

The collective volume seeks to respond to these questions by exploring crip time in disability performance as both a concept and a phenomenon. The book tackles the topic from two angles: on the one hand from a theoretical point of view that connects performance analysis with crip and performance theory, on the other hand from a practice-based perspective of disability artists who develop new concepts and dramaturgies of crip time based on their own lived experiences and observations in the field of the performing and disability arts.

The book gathers different types of text genres, forms and styles that mirror the diversity of their authors. Besides theoretical and academic chapters on disability performance the book also includes essays, poems, dramatic texts, and choreographic concepts that reflect upon the alternative knowledge in the disability arts.


Contributors Bio


Part I: Crip Time in Pandemic Time 

Chapter 1. Our Bodies Are the Archive: Crip Time in Pandemic Time and the Materiality of Disability Performance

Carrie Sandahl

Chapter 2. Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic

Jess Thom

Chapter 3. On imperfect flow: dis/ability performance in times of pandemic

Benjamin Wihstutz

Chapter 4. Crip Time

Petra Kuppers


Part II: Dramaturgies of Crip Time

Chapter 5. Dance, Disability and Keeping ‘In Time’ on Strictly

Sarah Whatley

Chapter 6. Off-beat bodies. Crip Choreography’s Temporal Politicality

Michael Turinsky 

Chapter 7. Imposed Tactlessness. Cursory Considerations on the Beyond of Normative Time

Sandra Umathum 

Chapter 8. Kairos Reconfigured: The Rhetoric of Actors with Intellectual Disabilities Stepping In and Out of Theatrical Time

Tony McCaffrey

Chapter 9.  On the temporality of stuttering

Elena Backhausen

Chapter 10. Time-Bound Yet Time-Less: Performing Crip Time at Blind Opera and Anyadesh

Rajdeep Konar

Chapter 11. I Fall To Pieces

Kaite O'Reilly


Part III: Crip Time and Futurity

Chapter 12. Future Clinic for Critical Care: MOTHER - Exploring crip maternal time in the theatre

Nina Mühlemann

Chapter 13. As Stiff Grew Stiffer: Theoretical and Practical Applications of Theatrical Crip Time and Four-Dimensional Dramaturgy

John Michael Sefel and Rachael Herren

Chapter 14. Crip Time and the Creative Process – Choreography and Performance as Sites for Exploring ‘Normative’ and ‘Crip’ Time and the Disabled Dance-maker

Kate Marsh

Chapter 15. The Potential and Poetics of Rest

Raquel Meseguer Zafe