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About The Off-Kilter Program and What's Next:
Off-Kilter is Off-Leash Area’s performance program designed to highlight and support artists with disabilities, and which makes space for and gives voice to artists with disabilities in the design and leadership of the program. Our debut Off-Kilter performance was a Cabaret formatted event that featured 7 artists with disabilities ranging in artistic and creative mediums. As we continue to develop and expand this program, we will be providing artistic development and support to members of the disability community, bringing attention to the artists and perspectives of these individuals. In the near future, we will be planning to have a series of community meetings to connect and build deeper relationships to leaders, artists, and communities with disabilities.
Throughout our history, Off-Leash Area has built strong, organic relationships within the disability community. From its collaboration with Blind Inc on its production, Now Eye See You Now Eye Don’t, to having created a fully accessible venue with the Off-Leash Art Box, Off-Leash Area has put individuals and organizations among the disability community at the center of its creative and organizational work. It is through this connection that the development of the Off-Kilter program flourished.
The next Off-Kilter Cabaret is set to premiere November 2023.
About The 2022 Off-Kilter Cabaret: Organ Recital
Our first Off-Kilter Cabaret premiered June 2022 at the Tek Box at the Cowles Center with the theme "Organ Recital". It was a 75-minute-long cabaret-style production, which comprised of seven acts in performing arts forms such as dance, storytelling, theatre, spoken word, and puppetry, all curated by the Off-Kilter Leadership Group and in partnership with Young Dance. "Organ Recital" featured impressive artists Braille, Atlas O Phoenix, Daniel Reiva, Amy Salloway, Pat Samples, and Scott Sorenson, who offered unique views on the theme ranging from hilarious and thought-provoking to heart-breaking and profound. In September of that same year, we also offered an online viewing of the performance for those that were unable to attend in person, or for anyone who wanted to experience it again!
Off-Kilter Leadership Group:
Amy Salloway, Jon Skaalen, Sam Jasmine, Gabriel Rodreick, and the Off-Leash Area co-artistic directors, Jennifer Ilse and Paul Herwig.
FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.