Project O is developing this work through a series of free workshops in London called The New Empowering School. The workshops are open to all but you must make an application to participate and you must be able to attend all ten sessions.
This is a really fantastic opportunity for anyone with any interest in bodies, movement, dancing, being total motherfuckers of the universe, to come together. This includes dancers and also others (fat people, crips for example) who are generally alienated by dance culture; people like you and me. Jamila, Alex, Kay and I think that dance should have worked out its issues around access a thousand years ago. Now it's our time to get busy.
I implore you to apply.
Here is the blurb:
The New Empowering School
Project O would like to invite people with an interest in moving their bodies just for the heck of it; for the pure shameless mad joy of it; for the reveal of it; for the labour of it, to the New Empowering School. You might be a professional performer, or a non-professional regular dance class attendee, or a weekend party dancer, or a private dancer in secret moments when no one else is watching, or you might never dance, then read this and think "Fuck it, why not?"
The New Empowering School will be a place for a community of movers and shakers. The focus of the school will be engaging participants with their bodies as agents of movement, politics, desire, self and dance. We are looking to create a space of permission, discussion, transformation and revelation through languages of the body-mind. We want to create a space where otherness is celebrated as standard - a place to come worship the wonder that is you!
The School will run over ten weekly sessions with different artists invited by Project O who will also be attending the School.
The New Empowering School is part of the creative process for Project O’s current work SWAGGA with Charlotte Cooper and Kay Hyatt. Project O is a choreographic collaboration between dance artists Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small.
To express your interest send us a statement about why you would like to be part of The New Empowering School by Sunday 29th March. We will also gladly accept audio or video statements.
All sessions are FREE, wheelchair accessible and will be held at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios (28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6AB) on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm.
You must be able to attend all dates:
6, 13, 20, 27 May
3, 10, 24 June
1, 8 July
Do get in touch if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Alexandrina and Jamila
The New Empowering School is supported by Artsadmin Bursary Scheme and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. The New Empowering School image by Hamish MacPherson.
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