Credit : Octavia Rose Hingle

[Online, ASL, LSQ] Octavia Rose Hingle — Bed Dance: Technique & Improvisation

March 16th, 2024

Backup date in case Octavia’s health calls for it: Monday March 25th, same time.
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Saturday)
Language of instruction : English, ASL, LSQ
Questions can also be asked in : English, ASL, LSQ

Open to artists of all disciplines  , this is a +Accessible workshop


Video by Jennifer Manning


Octavia Rose Hingle will build on their bed-dancing technique to offer strategies for pleasure and possibility in the soft surfaces of our domestic spaces. Disabled and non-disabled dancers of all backgrounds are invited to find their own unique translations of contemporary dance fundamentals on our beds, couches and floors. We will work across planes, perspectives and parts of the body to discover the many bed dances that live within us.

This workshop is being held in conjecture with the exhibition “De la vie Au lit”, curated by Sarah Heussaff, that brings together artists making work based on the experience of being bedridden, having a “dysfunction,” or a desire to explore collective rest. Galerie de l’UQAM , Feb 23, 2024 to Apr 6, 2024


Workshop participants may translate and adapt all movement offerings into whatever pathways are most accessible for their body & minds. Dancing can be done laying down, kneeling, sitting and/or standing; exercises will also include guided meditations. Workshop will include A.S.L. and LSQ interpretation. 

How it goes :
– This is a 1 hour 15 minute workshop. 
– For break, we can take a 5-10 minute break midway through class. 
– The class will be structured with a warm up, improvisation section, full group sharing, breakout sessions, and then a final sharing with everyone.
– Please connect in from a bed, couch, or soft surface that is comfortable and safe for you!


Octavia Rose Hingle is a Bay Area, California choreographer and nightlife producer with a physical impairment. Their performance and installation work centers access as an aesthetic portal into visions of past and future ancestors that travel through the present moment. Most recently, their project Crip Ecstasy [ ] brought together a cast of disabled and non-disabled performance artists, visual designers, DJs, ASL interpreters and Audio Describers to conjure new blueprints for what a nightlife space can be.

Octavia holds a BA in dance from Middlebury College, and has studied with the UCLA Dancing Disability lab, AXIS Dance Company’s Choreo-Lab Fellowship, ODC/Dance, and the Headlong Performance Institute. They have presented work with Counterpulse, 2727 California Street, Queering Dance Festival, LEVYdance and SAFEhouse for the Arts.

Instagram: @octavia__rose