kin • song

December 2-12, 2021
Texas Theatre and Dance
directed by Alexis Riley, devised by the ensemble


kin • song: ode to disability ancestors is a digital performance ritual, a cybernetic seance. Through monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song and dance, we will join creative forces to call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration and care. Here, in the sacred timespace of performance, we will name them, claim them and honor their brilliance, all before (finally) laying them to rest.

This devised production invites us to grapple with the long history of ableism in Austin, in Texas and in the United States. It demands that we answer that history, accepting a kind of responsibility to those who came before. Finally, it asks us to care for their memory and in that caring, dream a more just future.

Ways to engage:

  • To attend the show, visit the Texas Theatre and Dance website for tickets and show information
  • Join us for Crip Conversations, Texas Center for Disability Studies’ monthly speaker series. At this event, members of our core creative team will discuss our work in building accessible rehearsal and production practices, and share practice-based exercises for incorporating accessibility into disability-justice and performance-based work.
  • Join us for our talkback at 2:00 PM on December 4, featuring disability studies scholars in conversation with our ensemble.

kin • song: ode to disability ancestors is produced through generous support from The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee.