With images and poetry from previous ‘conversing with masculinity’ circles, this workshop opens a safe space for experimentation. Together, we will practice pranayama, and we will explore scores for improvised partner dancing. In these, we’ll sustain intimate forms of contact while moving with specific qualities and breath coordinations (e.g. ‘persistent pressing’, ‘precarious pushing’, ‘softly sinking’, ‘staying power’). Also, we will extend a practice called ‘Questions Dance’ while reflecting on notions of physical comfort and care.
To acknowledge, examine, and deconstruct heterocolonial, Europatriarchal filters in words, the performative reading circle, ‘conversing with masculinity’, proposes an open sharing of techniques and strategies to look at how language* feels.
In the circle, we will read, listen, create, and move in collective attempts to loosen up and imagine sensuous language(s).
We will listen to excerpts of texts** by others, and we’ll frame our experience by writing down specific words or sounds ourselves. With personal language lexicons, we will then explore how individual, intuitive notions are organized in poems and images. To move, we will practice pranayama and improvise partnered dancing.
The circle strives to provide safe time and space. We will prioritize and address questions, ideas, and concerns together as they arise.
*The working language is English, but translators are available. Please reach out if you know that you would like this support.
**Source materials are available upon request. Please feel free to suggest texts.
The workshop will take place from Monday 21 November to Friday 25 November at studio Magnolia in GC Elzenhof, Kroonlaan 12, 1050 Ixelles.
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