image from the film Crutch

image from film CRUTCH

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The film chronicles the gravity defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate(board) punk—on crutches. Diagnosed in childhood with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, a degenerative hip condition, Shannon’s mobility was eventually limited to such a degree that he required crutches, but that didn’t stop him. According to Film Threat, “Shannon created a new way of moving with fluid grace and style on his crutches and with his skateboard. Over time he became known for this style, at first in breakdance competitions and then later on in fine arts performances. He produced a show in 1999 called The Art of Weightlessness and another called Sketchy. He was hired to choreograph set pieces for Cirque du Soleil, showcasing his extraordinary style. Crutch shows how, by any measure, Bill Shannon overcame his disability and re-cast it as his greatest asset to become an international dance icon. This is truly an inspiring story of overcoming constraints to make yourself a new kind of presence in the world.” “Dance, art, performance, and disability politics converge in this entertaining and enlightening portrait of Bill ‘Crutch’ Shannon.” (Culture Mix)

Audience Award runner up at DOC NYC 2020.

For more information about the film:

Ithaca Premiere

CRUTCH (Trailer) from VAYABOBO on Vimeo.