- Embodied Power Flower: Intersectionality and The Complexity of Identity and Oppression
Embodied Power Flower: Intersectionality and The Complexity of Identity and Oppression will help participants explore how “all inequality is not created equal”; by examining how social identities can overlap, which creates a complexity of oppression and privilege. The presentation utilizes creative and kinesthetic movement, and creative arts therapy modalities to help participants examine their experienced and multifaceted identity to understand the depths of the inequalities and the relationships among them.
- Africanist Aesthetic in Movement Observation
Explores embodied resilience from a strengths based lens utilizing the Africanist Aesthetic as a tool for movement observation. Participants will explore movements of the African diaspora through the lens of the Africanist Elements as defined by the work of Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottchild, for an embodied understanding of diverse perspectives. Reflective in the African tradition of storytelling, combined with contemporary narrative dance/movement therapy, this workshop will examine movement frameworks through social location to minimize the challenges of introducing predominately Eurocentric theoretical frameworks and movement observation.
- Allies and Collaborators: Building Relationships Through Social Action
Explore and embody personal identity and authentic relationship building as the foundation to working from a collaborator mindset for social change and action. We invite participants to lean into the discomfort of examining their own cognitive dissonance and shift closer to the anti-oppressive collaborator they aspire to be. This workshop builds upon racial identity, unrealized bias, privilege and challenges participants to examine their rules of engagement when building relationships. The research discussed will support the core concept of building relationships in order to foster community dialogue, bring awareness to racial identity, and create more empathetic and compassionate communities necessary to lay the foundation for social action and anti-oppressive allyship. Through self-reflection, embodiment and expressive arts experientials this workshop investigates how applying Knapp’s Relational Model in conjunction with the Oppressive Action Model may strengthen collective liberation while dismantling the helper/beneficiary model to support equitable and just social change.
- Living Life Inauthentically: The Black Man's Survival Provides critical insight into the many, often disregarded challenges that plague black men today; specifically, "micro-aggressions" and inauthentic living. Through exploration, one will expose and analyze how the subordinated racial status of black men excludes them from many of the privileges and advantages available to white men, and the impact their unfair treatment has on black men's lives. Furthermore, this workshop will show how societal structures and governing societal expectations result in internal and external constraints on black male identity formation, sexual expression, determinations in the courtroom, dance as a profession, and daily tasks such as walking.
- Embodied Implicit Bias Workshop
Performative and descriptive workshop that challenges the participants to view individual, systemic biases, micro-macro agressions and stereo-types. Participants will embody performance base critical assessment of individuals through role play that asks the participants pertinent unlearning and undoing while rediscovering ways of navigating inclusion and difference from a felt sense.
Customizable workshops for full or half day intensives as well as Power Hours.