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PAST melt

MELT – Imagining Liberation - A Conversation, A Game, A Study, A Process, A Meeting, An approach to making dances

Marjani Forté-Saunders

1:00pm – 3:00pm
July 22, 2019
MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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  • EARLYBIRD registration available through April 30.
  • Drop-ins not available.

This 4-Day gathering seeks to engage those who "make virtues out of necessities." - ZAMI, Audre Lorde.

Is this where our truest, highest, most evolved humanity lies? I believe this was the work of my ancestors when they created timeless, globally impactful, forms and technologies! Is this Alchemy? Is Alchemy the figurative description of making virtue out of necessities?

When Audre Lorde uses this language to describe her mother's reframing of food scarcity as strategic planning, the reader is invited to consider the poetry of our lives. We're invited into her biomythography. I'm curious if through art making, through our storytelling, through the poetic reclamation of our awful and awe-inspiring histories, if we can unearth what happened and imagine what we'll do differently- to shape a future, perhaps a liberation. A liberation that learned from the past and transcends the needs that bound our predecessors and restricted their humanity. Can we make dances that make virtues out of necessities? Can we Imagine our Liberation into existence- with our dance making?!


You can explore the full schedule for Summer MELT 2019 here. Stay tuned for schedule updates and announcements.

We currently have multi-workshop pricing available, so you receive a discount when you register for 3 or more workshops:

Register for 1-2 workshops here.

Register for 3-5 workshops and receive 10% discount here.

Register for 6-8 workshops and receive 12% discount here.

Register for 9-14 workshops and receive 15% discount here.



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Marjani Forté-Saunders

Marjani Forté-Saunders is a choreographer, performer, educator, community organizer, and mother. She refers to dance and embodiment as her sorcery—revolutionary, transformative, wild, ancient, and fresh. Her practice is informed by years in anti...