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MELT – Creating Your Biomythography: An Interdisciplinary Performance Lab

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

12:30pm – 4:30pm
January 8, 2020
Movement Research

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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Astor Place
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2nd Avenue

  • Registration is OPEN!
  • Multi-workshop discounts are available.

Coined by the poet and essayist Audre Lorde in her 1982 book Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, the term “biomythography” combines history, biography, and myth-making. Participants in this workshop will hone skills related to personal narrative as a site of creative investigation, renewal, and healing. Together, using an interdisciplinary performance studies approach, we will explore the concept of the biomyth, while incorporating various sites of contemporary art practices: literature, fashion, film, and performance within a social and historical context. Zami will serve as a point of inspiration and departure into the sharing of our histories and the possibility for a collective future. Students should be in the process of creating their own projects and willing to open their practice by working both collectively and independently.

While this workshop welcomes ALL people, this space encourages individuals who identify as QTPOC, Black, and/or indigenous to participate. This workshop is inclusive and open to artist-citizens who are interested in grappling with themes of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and identity within their creative practice.


Winter MELT 2020

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American choreographer, performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. He is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Award, a 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fello...