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PAST workshop

...ALL -a physical poem of protest

Mia Habib


Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson loveconductors

6:00pm – 9:00pm
April 26, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, April 28, 2019
MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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“…ALL -a physical poem of protest” is a workshop about choreography as a social practice in social, political and artistic spaces facilitated by Mia Habib (Norway) and Shantelle Jackson (U.S.). This workshop will investigate the agency of choreography in social, political and artistic spaces with a specific focus on protest and through “…ALL is a physical poem of protest”.

Habib has invited ten different dance artists to manifest “…ALL” (2019-2022) in different places throughout the world. In New York, Habib has invited Shantelle Jackson as the co-facilitator. This workshop will give an insight into Habib’s practice which requires plasticity, mobility, site-sensitivity and soft borders. It is an expanding practice aiming to open spaces, create spaces, re-arrange spaces and expand bodies. One of her interests lies in following the interchange of energy between the choreography and the space within which it resides, asking what happens to a choreography when moving between spaces.

This workshop is open for anyone who is interested. There is no need for any former stage experience or movement experience. Participants will be naked in the performance.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to join Mia Habib in performance onstage at the LaMaMaMoves! festival on May 3, 4, 5 to investigate how the work shifts with the energy of the audience. Please see below for details regarding participation in performances on LaMaMAMoves!

Timing and location details:

FRI April 26 6-9pm @ MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

SAT April 27 4-7pm @ MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

SUN April 28 4-7pm @ MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

Those interested in participating in the performance at La MaMa should make themselves available:

WED May 1 for dress rehearsal at La MaMa.

TUE April 30 and THU May 2 for optional rehearsals at La MaMa.

FRI May 3 8:30pm, SAT May 4 8:30pm, SUN May 5 5pm for performances on LaMaMAMoves!

About “…ALL”:

“…ALL” may be a 15-45 minute long performance onstage, an hour manifestation in an outdoor public space, or a 12-hour durational shower of bodies constantly holding minimum 30 people investigating the human mass and its power through the idea of walking and running in circles.

The score has been used as a manifestation with activist groups at the Parliamentary square in Bordeaux, as part of a feminist protest in front of the Opera of Bordeaux, and as part of the protest in solidarity with LGBTQ people at “Love-in. Queer action for Chechnya” at the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin (2017). A manifestation is planned for North Carolina, and artist Tommy Noonan shares these thoughts about making “…ALL” there in the future: “In a moment when the politics of this place are so fucked up... I would rather be nowhere else. North Carolina, this rural area, it is the frontier of a divided America, where conversations, direct action, protest and community work on issues of race, immigration and social justice are going on constantly… I've been thinking a lot about work which is impactful. Forgetting the idea of relevant or good, but impactful”.

Mia Habib and “…ALL”:

Over the last 15 years Mia Habib has been navigating her artistic practice by entering into different contexts ranging from dance houses, opera stages and galleries to public spaces, private houses, religious buildings, squats, contexts of protest and war zones, the world over. The work has taken the form of a mirror installation on the border fence between the US and Mexico, a solo in the mountains of Iraq, a healing dance in someone’s living room or as a large group piece for 68 people on an Opera stage. She looks for spaces where her work can interact with different audiences and with the realities of local communities.

Habib is interested in work that engages in wide conversations and speaks about the major concerns of our time in different spaces. Spaces understood as being bodies, physical environments, contexts, communities and people. This is all contextualized within the political, social and artistic sphere in private, domestic and public spaces.


This is a FREE event.

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