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Kinetic Light: DESCENT

Date & Time

Saturday, October 01, 2022, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Disability Awareness Month at Rutgers


Elizabeth Johnson Theater, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

11 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ, 08901


Presented by Mason Gross Dance Department

Kinetic Light is an internationally recognized disability arts ensemble. Working in the disciplines of art, technology, design, and dance, Kinetic Light creates, performs, and teaches at the nexus of access, queerness, disability, dance, and race.

The Kinetic Light artists and creators of DESCENT are disabled dance artists Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson, and disabled scenographer Michael Maag. Kinetic Light’s work speaks to and emerges from disability aesthetics and disability culture. Performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks, DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon, inspired by the sensual writings and art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin to give the mythological characters of Venus and Andromeda new life as interracial lovers.


  • Public $25
  • Rutgers Alumni/Employees & Seniors $20
  • Students $15

Thanks to contributed support from a variety of grant funds, anyone self-identifying requiring accessible seating can receive 2 free tickets for themselves and one additional companion. Additional tickets are available at regular pricing. Please contact Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty ns1199@mgsa.rutgers.edu


  • Accessible seating
  • Accessible single-use, all-gender restrooms available on both floors of the theater adjacent to both 1st and 2nd floor seating
  • Audio description via Kinetic Light’s Audimance app (iPhone and Android equipment-compatible; please bring wired headphones)
  • ASL interpretation pre- and post-performance (no spoken word in DESCENT)
  • Haptic wiring available
  • Exit and entry are welcome throughout performance
  • Quiet spaces available, adjacent to 2nd floor seating
  • Stim kits available

Open to Rutgers and the community. Learn more