Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli—“It’s about taking the bad and making it good”

March 14, 2010

Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli was a featured guest artist in the entertainment section of the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympics. He is a BBoy of extraordinary talent and the fact that he uses crutches simply magnifies his athleticism. Anyone that can do a handstand in mid-air supported by the tips of his crutches and then in this position, push his body higher into the air to release the crutches and end up in a layout position on the ground still balancing on his hands has more skill than person that most people, able bodied or not. Even in my capacity as a Feldenkrais® practitioner where I am work with people to help them access their potential, this is mind blowing to watch.
ILL-Abilities, is a unique International BBoy crew that Luca founded consisting of four disabled dancers each with a distinct style and character. Enjoy this YouTube clip of a performance they did some time ago in Montreal.
A theme has been emerging with my last few postings. I have been featuring people who refused to let physical constraints get in the way of fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. It certainly puts into question our assumptions about abilities and disabilities when you see what these people have achieved. What we do have to consider however, is equity. Physical challenges and constraints require modified equipment that is often very costly and of course there are issues of accessibility that able bodied people would never dream of. For example in the province of British Columbia it is a requirement that every newly constructed sidewalk and public building be wheel chair accessible. It seems such a small thing to create a dip in the curb that will allow wheel chairs easy access to sidewalks but these little depressions certainly weren’t around when I was growing up. As a matter of fact when I was a kid I don’t think I ever saw anyone in a wheel chair out alone in public.

I think it behooves all of us to realize that we are all temporarily able bodied and that through accident or age we are all vulnerable to disenfranchisement when we no longer have full use of our limbs or brains so the more we can all support accessibility the better off we all are.


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