Micro-bodily mobilities: choreographing a geographies and mobilities of dance and disability

Charlotte Veal

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This paper examines the mobile and embodied geographies of four able-bodied dancers following their artistic encounters with disability in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Uniquely, I work with the dancing body to examine the differentiated experiences of mobility, and to uncover the performative role of the able body in unravelling assumptions around the skills and artistry of disability dance. Empirical research developed in response to a choreographic dialogue held between the British dance company BalletBoyz and the disabled dancers of Ethiopia's Adugna Potentials. Post-artistic exchange interviews and performance-based observations with the BalletBoyz are mobilised here to advance geographical knowledge about the embodied, performative and practised dimensions of micro-bodily mobility. Equally, I assert the creative potential of the dancing body to probe the social construction of imperfect mobility by exceeding an ablest mobile experience, and inverting expectations around bodily disability.

Publisher Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Veal, C 2017, 'Micro-bodily mobilities: choreographing a geographies and mobilities of dance and disability' Area, vol (in press), pp. (in press), which has been published in final form at 10.1111/area.12377. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-313
Issue number3
Early online date31 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • Creativity
  • Dance
  • Disability
  • Embodiment
  • Geographies of mobility
  • mobile methods


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