My Whys

by Kat Ball

An abstract textural photo of pink and red plumes of swirling liquid spreading through dark water. Creating a space nebula of deep red clouds and hazy greens, highlighted by bright electric blue and white static ripples.

Image Description: An abstract textural photo of pink and red plumes of swirling liquid spreading through dark water. Creating a space nebula of deep red clouds and hazy greens, highlighted by bright electric blue and white static ripples.

‘My Whys’ is a sound work created by artist Kat Ball, as an intimate reflection on her relationship with dance and the story of life in a disabled body. Kat goes through multiple subjective positions of self to consider what freedom is.

A choreography delivered in her own words, Kat takes us on a journey that is simultaneously universal in resonance and uniquely personal.

Creative Transcripts

As Dance Tapes is audio-based, we wanted to provide access for those whose sensory experience doesn’t prioritise sound. We’ve created transcripts that notate all spoken text and include descriptions of the soundtrack and music, supporting all listeners to engage with the audio work – not just Deaf audiences, but also those with different levels of audio-processing. There are two versions, one is creatively designed and uses typography, the other is a plain text word document. We encourage you to explore these as you listen.

 

Biography

A woman with a large smile and short hair

Kat Ball is a UK artist. Kat is wearing a black and white checkered shirt and has a short cropped hair, smiling beamingly to a dance partner, who is not visible in this image

Kat is a freelance disabled dance artist, using standing and wheelchair movement modalities. She has several years experience with different projects and has recently completed an apprenticeship with Stopgap Dance Company. Kat is especially interested in learning more of, and working within, constructs of disability justice and queerness.

Credits

Dance Tape ‘My Whys’ by Kat Ball
Additional voice by Nick Ball
Sound design and composition by Hannah Miller & Oliver Austin (Moulettes)
Produced by Stopgap Dance Company