Invitation to Dance

May 21 Rhinebeck




This is an eye-opening insider’s account of disability in 21st century America. IN PERSON: Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton.

Simi Linton serves as navigator and tour guide to a world largely unknown, generally isolated, and commonly dismissed.In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted insidious forms of discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before. Over time she joined forces with a vibrant disability community, and realized that political engagement, love, and dance could once again be central to her life.Rock n’ Roll, dancing, and sexuality liberated Simi from the shame she felt as a young disabled woman. Invitation to Dance traces Simi’s first reluctant foray onto the dance floor at a party to present day when dance has become a central theme in her social life, activism, and work. Ultimately, the film is a never-before-told coming out story of disabled people staking their claim to “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!”

In Rhinebeck
Saturday May 212:30

(US / 2014 / Directed by Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton)
ur/ 86 mins.