[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Danceteria logo. Guest of Honor April Biggs. May 13. 6-8 pm. Pay What You Can. 18 and up. Pink House 601 East Wright Street and online. www.53212presents.org.]
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Cover Image is a digital collage of two images of a white woman in blue jumpsuit outside in a field edited to create geometric confusion and a sense of blurred movement. On the left, the dancer hovers over the ground in a huge knee bend, hands reaching outstretched to the ground. Overlapping on the right, the same dancer scaled smaller balances on one leg with her hands crossed at the upper thigh.]
In this Danceteria workshop, Access in/to Illness, we will begin by exploring the magic of the access "check-in". All bodies have access needs, though the needs that tend to be met in our everyday world are those of normalized non-disabled bodies. We will consider our individual access needs and move through the threshold of what it can look like to navigate radical access together, collectively. Sometimes access needs can clash and so this requires deep creativity and care.
CW: Medicalization of the body, trauma, pain
We will move together through some improvisational scoring related to my current research, Sick Girl, which considers the medicalization and agency of our visceral, corporeal body. Many of us experience, or witness others experience, the medicalization of the body. There will be objects and materials to explore and I invite you to bring objects that you might relate to the topic. This will be a judgment-free, safety-seeking space. Each of us will have our relationship to and interpretation of these objects and experiences, and we will honor all of them.
This workshop welcomes every body/mind and will strive to center access and multimodal engagement. All levels and artistic mediums are invited. Access offered will include a scent-free environment, open scores for physical movement, quiet space, sensory aids (ear plugs, fidgets, etc), gender neutral bathrooms, and a virtual option for participation. We will do our best to meet other access needs as they arise. For transparency, the access we are unable to provide at this time includes wheelchair entry and ASL.
Please do not wear perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions to the event.
Feel free to bring snacks/water.
WHAT IS DANCETERIA?
Created in 2019 as an exclusive forum for performance artists to improvise and socialize outside of the hierarchical structure of art organizations, Danceteria is returning with a series of public events designed to inspire and support creative development in-person and online. Anti Disciplinarian artists Posy Knight (53212 Presents, Walkers Point Center for the Arts), Zeze Schorsch (Cooperative Performance MKE, Danceworks) and musician Forrest Jackson provide a lush sound score and investigative environment that invites everyone from the art-curious to the seasoned professional to reclaim their own internal and external spaces following the trauma of pandemic and everyday life.
Participants can expect to be empowered to follow their own inspiration whether traditional, like movement, spoken word, and music, or technologically, using their personal mobile devices to create new realities and possibilities in real space and/or via Zoom. Danceteria becomes a collage of experiences based on each other’s needs and actions or can simply be a safe space to discover one’s own creativity.
Danceteria has always been a safe space for creative exploration and socialization. Even before the pandemic began, Danceteria founder Posy Knight recognized marginalized performance artists needed more support to develop their artistry away from the limited creative opportunities tethered to employment. Heightened in the lockdown, Danceteria exploded as a virtual home for stifled creativity and became a new venue for electronic music, video experimentation, performance with a party vibe and expanded to new communities beyond Milwaukee. Last year, Danceteria continued to center around artists’ needs with 18 hybrid events featuring composer Allen Russell, including a residency at the Walkers Point Center for the Arts that culminated in a Short Dance Film Series premiering eight dance films created during the pandemic. Reflecting on this growth, Schorsch and Jackson join Knight’s mission of facilitating events for artists of all levels of experience who value healing, experimentation, and community.