Photo credit: Intisar Abioto

Photo credit: Intisar Abioto

Art Klub Nola Residency, New Orleans, LA

July- August 2019

Hannah Krafcik and I were offered a month long residency at Art Klub Nola to make our work switch into an evening length performance. During this residency we also taught a series of workshops. Workshop descriptions and performance debut details below.


Workshop: Soloing Together

7.27.19 / 10am-12pm 

In this compositional workshop, we will experiment with ways to hone in on improvised and choreographed solos, together. We will begin class with some exercises to warm into a personal practice, sensing into what we are each bringing to this work. We will then practice moving and witnessing one another, and we will use this as a basis for creating phrases that can be tried on one another and together. With a critical lense, we will take this opportunity to explore where our histories and experiences intersect and diverge, sharing context for the movements that have arrived in our improvisational practices and patternings. 

Workshop: Living Room Practice, pt. 1 & pt. 2, a contact-based workshop

8.3.19 & 8.10.19 / 10am-12pm

In this workshop series, we will question the way consent and reciprocity are practiced in contact improvisation, acknowledging that we each embody different histories and shifting identities that shape and inform our practices as movers that move together. Considering a continuum of relational tendencies (including dominance, submissiveness, etc.), we will hold space for personal inquiry within shared practice. With attention toward agency and communication, we will work with a compositional lens and play with the intersection of contact improvisation and choreography. The content of this workshop emerges from our ongoing collaboration and discussions about queer and femme contact, as well as our evolving critiques of and participation in the greater contact improvisation community. Participation in this workshop assumes willingness to dance in contact with others.

Workshop: Sensing in Spirals

8.17.19/ 10am-12pm

In this axis syllabus inspired dance class we will orient toward the spiraling nature of our joints and connective tissues. Sensing into the triaxial movement that exists in our bodies we can find coordination in congruence with our individual design. Bringing our spiraling joints into locomoting movement, we will play with kinetic energy: harvesting, recycling, releasing and dissolving.

Axis Syllabus is a platform for practicing and sharing somatic inquiry, with the intention of understanding how we, as human beings, can move with more intentionality to our bodies internal landscapes, considering efficiency and ease in movement.

Performance: Switch

8.17.19 / 7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

Our performances take place in intimate settings, asking audience members to consider their own physical and psychic distance from the content performed. We work with an ethics of queer and femme relationality, seeking out context and critical awareness from within our practices. Using improvised scores and contact-based choreography, we create visceral works that are informed by a deep sensitivity to power dynamics.

All events 10-20$ sliding scale, NOTA