Lawrence University 2020-2021 Dance Series
Marjani Forté-Saunders and 7NMS Residency
Imagining Liberatory Movement
A Conversation, A Game, A Study, A Process, A Meeting, An approach to Making Dances. Prayerfully, an approach to "Shaping Future" with Marjani Forté-Saunders and 7NMS.
Monday, April 12th, 6-8pm Central time
Pre-Registration required, limited space
Register here: https://lawrence.zoom.us/j/94918126066
"Africans leaping off slaver ships were afrofuturists. Slave era parents teaching their babies a foreign alphabet in the candlelit dirt were afrofuturists... It is the emphasis on tomorrow that centers the dignity of that seed, particularly in the face of extinction..." - adrienne maree brown/ Emergent Strategy.
Can we Imagine our liberation into existence- with our bodies, with our crafts, with our Dance?!
I'm honored to join you in Appleton, WI, to connect with your stories, your pasts, and your visions/wishes for the "Next/Now" (- playwright Sharon Bridgeforth & jazz Scholar Omi J. Jones ph.D.). Aaaaah... "The Role of the Artist" (James Baldwin) to pull together the fragmented pieces of our lineages, our sustenance, and our dreams to imagine paths forward. After the protests end, the pandemic subsides, the institutions/applications/stages re-open... what kind of stories will you be telling? What kind of art will you make? What might it reveal about where we come from, and who we are becoming? Please join me, in making and unveiling some blueprints together, as we envision our paths forward. Together we'll explore the body, mind, and metaphysical as one organic unit. A container of memory, story, culture, inquiry, and empathy to be ignited by movement and meditation, in this Imagining Liberation Session, an embodied meditation.
If you can:
Clear out a room - push the furniture as far to side as you can, but keep the soft spaces (sofa, cushions, blankets) over sharp corners and edges.
Is there a small dance/yoga studio in your community with WiFi? Get to know the owner, see if they'll share their space with you- barter?
Prep snack/lunch/movie for the littles in your life, before class- see if you can grab 1.5 dedicated hrs- though the littles are totally welcomed!
Don't worry, you won't be able to see everyone while you work, lets see if we can "feel" each other, beyond distance.
Bring a Journal.
We'll explore states, while surrendering to the throes and pleasure of momentum and contemplation, all within the amoebic frame of Contemporary Technique.
James Baldwin's The Artists Struggle for Integrity (Cue 19:01- End) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU0g5fAA2QY
adrienne maree brown's Emergent Strategy
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