People of Color Contact Improvisation Jams
POC Contact Improvisation
When: one to two Sundays a month on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday (please email Andrew for info)
Where: We rotate between two MNDFL studios
UES: 239 E60th st, NYC, NY 10022
Williamsburg: 208 N. 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
*Please check out the calendar for the latest information.
What is Contact Improvisation?
Contact Improvisation is a two person movement meditation that draws from Aikido, a martial art and modern dance. Movers learn to follow and fall into a shared point of contact that can shift to any part of their body. Dances can range from sensitive and intimate to athletic and lively or an infinite other variation. There is no hierarchy. All bodies come into relationship across ability, gender, race, and skill level.
Am I a POC?
If you are asking this question, you probably are not a POC. We do not get to choose our race because it is a social construction imposed onto our bodies supporting the white race at the top of the classification system.
Why is this jam POC only?
This is and affinity space for POC. That means it is a place where POC can self-determine their own relationship to the form of Contact Improvisation and to a community of CI without needing to answer to anyone white. The alternative to this, is the way things have been done which is for POC to assimilate to white-centric CI. No one likes to feel minimized and invisible, hence the poor retention rate of POC in many CI communities.
What do you need to bring?
1) Send me an email so I can put you on the list serve! no experience is necessary! firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Clothes you feel comfortable rolling around in. Knee pads if you have sensitive knees. Water.
What can I expect?
You will be asked to introduce yourself and consent to a community agreement; It morphs with whomever is in the collective that night: generally it consists of safety and self-care, honoring history and ancestors and ways to foster community.
You probably will roll around on your own and with each other. Laugh…maybe cry (if that is what you need to do) and develop ways to dive into play in safe ways.
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