WHAT DOES THIS BODY MAKE?
How do we conceive of self and body? What scripts are at work? What role does our perception play? How does gender and identity perform itself at the perceptual level? How do these things implicate “other” and design they ways we relate to ourselves, each other and environment? What tools for transformation are already available or yet to be made in dance practices to disrupt hegemonic patterns and make new ones?
CONTEXT: programmed by Janine Harrington and Christopher Matthews, building on a trial project hosted last Autumn at Chisenhale Dance Space.
Chris’ work asks questions around class, gender performance, queer community and body image. Janine’s practice is engaged with questions of access, play and agency. In 2018 she wrote a proposition, radical non-symmetrical (reciprocated) advocacy which offers that each of us- where we engage- has agency to make changes for the better of all of us, however small our reach may seem. It is in this spirit that we want to make the most of our collective resources and develop radical ways of sharing practices and information across contexts whilst exploring ways to queer relations to organisations.
In October 2019 we will produce a 4-day workshop exploration with Shannon Stewart, a choreographic artist and activist working out of New Orleans who teaches each year at ROAR Berlin. We are able to capitalise on Shannon being in Europe, and collaborate to share her work in dialogue with questions and practices coming up in our UK contexts.
In 2018 we used crowdfunding, Arts Council England support and earned income to subsidise the workshop, with many free and pay-what-you-can spaces. These sessions created a temporary community of artists, many of whom we had never met before. The feedback on the sessions was extremely positive, and the low-cost was vital to make it possible for people to attend. This year we hope to sponsor as many workshop participants as possible, and offer a small stipend for those with additional barriers to participation such as low income, disability, travel costs and caring responsibilities. Read more about our efforts and how we are trying in 2019 here
More information on this very soon!