[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] March 16 - 18 | The Body Wails, The Body Restores

LaNeshe Miller White laneshe at paintedbride.org
Mon Feb 20 11:08:11 EST 2017

All events take place at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
More info/tickets: https://paintedbride.org/events/body-wails-body-restores/

*ACTIVISM IN THE BODY WORKSHOP & Roundtable Luncheon with Vershawn Sanders
Ward & Lela Aisha Jones |**Thursday, March 16 | 11am – 1:30pm | Pay what
you can*

Experience the work of Lela Aisha Jones and Vershawn Sanders Ward in an
intimate, intricate, and inclusive format as they facilitate through
movement and dialogue how they created and conceptualize their solo works
presented in The Body Wails, The Body Restores.
*Afro Contemporary & Diasporic Movement Practice Workshop | Thursday, March
16 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Pay what you can*

DMP’s are contemporary movement practices grounded in dance cultures and
traditions of African and Black peoples. This workshop will be an exciting
journey into the creative potential of the spiritual, conceptual, and
physical energies that exist in movement of African descendant and Black
peoples. With Lela expect a movement-based experience that promotes
exhilarating body discoveries with physical explosion and intricate
narratives. With Vershawn expect an introduction into the movement esthetic
of Afro-Contemporary dance. Afro-Contemporary is a dance style that fuses
Africanist movement vocabulary, contemporary dance and Chicago house.
*Film Screening: Lynching & Love | Thursday, March 16 | 8pm | Pay what you

Native Portals is a multiple episode movement performance series. This
evening-length episode, Native Portals: Lynching & Love (2012), interprets
first exposures to noose lynching as experienced by the artists in the
work, offers embodied renditions of the contemporary experiences of U.S.
blackness/womaness, and experimentally touches upon nation love when
traumatic histories are unresolved. The film version was shot and edited by
Tiona McClodden (Leeway Transformation Awardee, 2016 Pew Fellow) and was
first premiered in 2015 as a part of Headlong Video Vault curated by Ellen

**There will be a special post-show meet & greet for Art & Change
Collective Members*
*Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Solo Work): RACE IS THE PLACE IS THE SPACE |
Friday March 17 & Saturday March 18 | 6pm | Free*

Referencing the Aunt Jemima stereotype to set the stage and through
performative, embodied lecture, Brenda Dixon Gottschild travels into the
present via her Afro-expressionistic interpretation of selected poems.
Concept, Costume, Creation, Performance: Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild
*Holistic African Dance Intensive with Peaches Jones, Zakiya Cornish  |
Saturday, March 18 | 11am – 2pm | $30*

Using vinyasa yoga-inspired techniques, instructors will guide participants
through a practice to stretch and condition the body, develop a strong
core, and embody key elements that aid in approaching African dance
technique. Participants may utilize this practice in their everyday life
for conditioning the body overall as well as preparing for any African
dance class. Instructors will also break down and intricately review a West
African dance from Mali.
*The Body Wails, The Body Restores* | *Friday March 17 & Saturday March
18 | 8pm | $20 in advance/$25 day of show*

**There will be a pre-show reception with the artists at 5pm, Saturday
March 18th*

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround
Native Portals: Continuum of Action (Witness) centers the body as a place
of witnessing and testifying–seeing this act as multifaceted, essential
activists and advocates for human and civil rights.  They save the stories,
feel the pain, release the anger, restore, and keep going. This work weaves
together contemporary reflections on the tumultuous events surrounding the
MOVE organization’s efforts to live autonomously by growing their own food
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S 1985), The Cradock Four’s (Cradock, South
Africa, 1985) efforts to give agency to their community against South
African Apartheid, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission transcripts
created after the Greensboro Massacre (North Carolina, U.S
1979)—particularly the voices of the children. The trauma of the past,
unresolved and unprocessed, continues to re-occur in our future.

Vershawn Sanders Ward
Ward’s riveting new solo work, #SAYHERNAME examines the criminalization of
female black activists Angela Davis and Assata Shakur, drawing parallels to
the present day arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland. The solo
dancer finds herself in a confined space; both physically (inside a prison
cell) and mentally, bound by her condition and perceived loss of POWER.

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround
Native Portals: Release is a renewed section of the evening-length movement
performance piece titled Native Portals: Release Mourning Clearing
presented by Intercultural Journeys in Spring 2016.  This work reflects
upon witnessing the aftermath of the most recent killings of Black people
that is now very present in terrifying ways—smothering hope and evoking
anger. It is about the continual processing of trauma and how you get over
without washing over the spiritual, physical, and emotional violence that
is so vibrantly alive in our U.S. existence today.

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