Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.
One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.
Most recently, Claire was commissioned to do her first piece for gallery spaces, taking part in Automatise Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation (2019), curated by Amanda Cachia for Owen’s Art Gallery, Sackville, Canada. In July 2019 Claire premiered the ensemble piece, Thank You Very Much, at Manchester International Festival which went on to win CATS awards for Best Ensemble and Best Sound and Music. In 2021, Claire was honored for her Outstanding Artistic Development in dance at the German Dance Awards.