I did these two drawings of NY based literary powerhouse Kay Ulanday Barrett as he performed a poem for this edition of Disabilitease. I liked the likenesses but wanted to add color, and it took me over a year! During which I have come to know and love their work.
Little Peaches is an international performer and producer and DisabiliTease is her baby. Several years ago, a serious flare up of several of her medical conditions left her unable to dance. Being the stubborn renegade stripper that she is, Little Peaches grabbed her wheelchair and re-trained herself to dance with wheels!
About booking performers with disabilities, she says:
Performers with disabilities are often overlooked for shows because they may need a little extra help when it comes to making the show accessible for them. That may be having wheelchair or walking aid access, assistance with travel, assistance to and from the stage to aid with visual impairments, BSL interpreters or a quiet space to retreat to if they are feeling overwhelmed. These little things can be surprisingly easy to put into place but more often than not, they aren’t.
Arielle Firecracker is the other half of the Disabilitease team!
I’m working on more drawings from this event.
Due to my own disability, it’s going slower than usual, but I will get them up eventually 🙂
I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me work safely at home.
In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.