Michener Art Museum presents Band of Artists In Tourette’s: A Dancing Disorder

DOYLESTOWN, PA –Is Tourette’s Syndrome a disorder, or is it a form of creative intelligence in disguise?

“Tourette’s: A Dancing Disorder,” a performance piece that challenges and inspires audiences to take another look at definitions of disability, will be performed at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., May 30, 7 to 8:30 pm. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, on view at the Michener through July 7, 2013.

Band Of Artists is a collaborative of performers, some of whom live with Tourette’s Syndrome. All are equally invested in the creative exploration of this neurological disorder. Combining Tourette’s characteristics with dance, music and film, Band of Artists offers an enlightening perspective on this neuro-psychological experience

Because Tourette’s Syndrome is kinetic in nature, it can be perceived as a dance, if seen through the right lens. Band of Artists provides this lens. This innovative troupe is at the forefront of a movement that not only creates awareness about neurological disorders but also gives a powerful voice that inspires appreciation and admiration for people who are different. The dancers’ movements are bold and surreal which compels audiences to observe the rituals and mindset of people who move through the world in such a unique way.

In addition to the performance, neurologist James Cook, M.D., from Abington Memorial Hospital, will discuss the scientific definition and components of Tourette’s Syndrome.

Tickets are included with museum admission. Seating is limited — please call 215-340-9800 to reserve tickets.

Links to more information:

Band of Artists was recently featured on WHYY Friday Arts: http://bandofartists.org/tag/behind-the-scenes-of-band-of-artists/

For further information on the artists’ work and new projects: bandofartists.org as well as www.synapticadventure.com

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission: Members and children under 6, free; adults $15; seniors $13; college student with valid ID $11; ages 6-18 $7.50; under 6 free. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.