Winding our Way Home, Movement, Brain Injury and Belonging
2019-2020 Artist in Residence with Public Energy Performing Arts
Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region will partner with dance performance artist Melissa Addison-Webster to facilitate movement workshops to explore themes of transformation, and belonging.
Addison-Webster is partnering with the Brain Injury Association to run movement workshops that occur once a week over a 16-week long process. The participants are women-identified persons with disability. Over 16 weeks as a collective, they will explore themes of identity, belonging and home. Addison-Webster will use movement exercises to facilitate as the group devises a collaborative performance which will then be presented in a shared performance for an invite-only/private audience on the final week of the program. The goal of the project is to allow the lived experiences of women-identified persons, who also live with brain injuries, to be explored and examined through movement-based exercises to improve self-esteem and confidence.
Melissa Addison-Webster is a performance artist. As a Queer woman living with disabilities who is also settler, she has a varied career in the Disability and Integrated Arts fields. Melissa’s practice endeavours to create more understanding, harmony, and respect across society combining her passions of spiritual and social change, She has studied Expressive Art Therapy, (Haliburton School of the Arts), has an Honours Degree in History (Trent) and an Honours Degree in Social Work (Lakehead). Melissa performed at the 8 to 8, From the Floor (Peterborough) and the FFIDA Dance Festival (Toronto). She has collaborated with The Theatre Centre (Toronto), Picasso Pro (Toronto), Propeller Dance (Ottawa), and Michelle Silagy (The School of Toronto Dance Theatre). As a Crip arts advocate, Melissa has made presentations about her arts practice at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Sunday Series (Toronto) and H’Art School Able Artist (Kingston). She has facilitated dance classes at York University, the Regional Ontario Contact Improv Jam and through her private social work practice. Most recently she presented Appendages Revisited at Artsweek Peterborough in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region.