2019 CRIPtic Pit Party
In 2019 Jamie Hale created the CRIPtic Pit Party. This comprised a hope-filled solo and mixed bill of work by disabled artists.
To start, Hale performed NOT DYING in which they recount their full-circle story of progressive disability, from the agony and gracelessness of threatening death to the jubilance and defiance of survival. To follow, deaf and disabled artists expanded on the selected themes of anger, fortitude and joy in short sets of music, dance and spoken word.
Developed through the Barbican OpenLab programme, NOT DYING came into being as Hale began experimental medical treatment. Determined to confront and dismantle barriers so often encountered by disabled people, their solo intertwined video and narrative to thought-provoking effect. The vibrant second-half showcase curated by Hale completes CRIPtic.