Madison Featured on WHYY’s Newsworks

By Purnell T. Cropper | December 16, 2011

Sutie Madison ’11, who graduated from Arcadia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting, was featured on WHYY’s Newsworks in the story “Exploring Tourette’s through dance and diagnosis,” by Peter Crimmins and Maiken Scott. Madison choreographed “Intersection: Tourette’s Syndrome,” which will be performed Dec. 16 and 17 at Philadelphia’s Community Education Center at 8 p.m.

Affecting about 1 in 100 people, the disorder causes them to twitch uncontrollably or to speak involuntarily. One of them is Sutie Madison, an artist who has spent most of her life hopping through disciplines, from music to painting to video and now choreography.

She has created “Intersection: Tourette’s Syndrome,” mining her own physical tics and twitches for inspiration. In it, she takes her dancers through the paces of an obsessive-compulsive mindset.


The dance performance at the Community Education Center in Powelton Village is packaged with a musical performance by a composer with Tourette’s, a hip-hop dance troupe who compare Tourette’s syndrome twitches with break-dancing moves, and a presentation by neurologist James Cooke who will explain away some of the misperceptions about Tourette’s.

Madison focused her Senior Thesis project on investigating whether she could use her disability as an art form.