Parcon Resilience is a people of color centered practice. We (POC and white people) dedicate our work to undoing racism through an embodied movement approach.
People of Color Affinity Space
I share Parcon Resilience with POC to support the collective wisdom of the community in its embodiment and movement through the spaces we occupy.
Contact Improvisation Community:
A.POC CI Jam in NYC
POC CI Jams in NYC began December of 2018. Many POC, like myself, stopped coming to the regular jams because they felt minimized by color-blind progressive white people or triggered by micro or sometimes macro-aggressions. This space helps POC find contact and touch on our own terms through own forms of embodiment that take history, ritual and trauma into account in ways that a “neutral” white space has failed to do.
Transforming White Pillars
I advocate for people of color spaces and self determination within white institutions. I teach Parcon Resilience to white people to build capacity to feel and be present to an accountable history and reality, to make space for others and stay engaged, and to take risks to trust and follow the lead of POC.
1. Contact Improvisation Community:
A. Ontario Contact Improvisation Jam 2017, 2018, 2019
I have had the pleasure of teaching Parcon at the Ontario Contact Improv Jam and running a small POC only Jam each time. The Jam community there is flourishing and passionate about creating inclusive, consenting and accountable community. I am excited and supportive of Leslie H and Vivek P in attempting to build their own regular POC only Jam.
B. Earthdance July 4th Jam 2018
I had the honor of facilitating the July 4th Jam for 100+ participants. The ED admin were fully supportive of our co-facilitation that relied on my Parcon Resilience framework. POC and white people processed in affinity groups enabling stronger self determination of POC and increased humility and understanding from white people during integrated time. For many, it was a success and steps forward in doing racial justice work.
C. Universities and Colleges: Oberlin, April 5-7th 2019
The white student leaders bringing me to campus allocated some of the resources and time for my weekend of Parcon Immersion for POC only workshops. I appreciate this sentiment and hope to develop programming with POC student leaders to offer to POC affinity groups.