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PAST workshop

Fall Festival | LIMINAL BODIES: Internal Practices for Unwinding Empire

Zavé Martohardjono

11:00am – 2:00pm
December 8, 2019
Movement Research

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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How to encounter settler colonialism as well as histories of resistance to empire through our bodies — bones, organs, fluids, and flesh?

LIMINAL BODIES combines improvisation and healing modalities to prompt consideration of our bodies’ relationships to power and empire. Participants develop listening systems to identify assimilated and conditioned bodily habits, explore how colonization shapes how we relate to our bodies, and attune to natural technologies and ancestral knowledge.

Movement prompts are inspired by activist, anti-colonial, queer, Black/POC, non-Western, feminist political thought and organizing principles challenging imperialism, capitalism, and white supremacist systems. LIMINAL BODIES exercises encourage participation and expression, work to build anti-colonial and radical political thinking, and make room for communication and care among participants. Activities are adapted to meet participants’ mobility needs and varying levels of comfort with dance.



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Zavé Martohardjono

Zavé Martohardjono is interested in performance that spurs embodied healing and radical thinking as pathways to decolonizing and de-assimilating the body and contending with the political histories it carries. They have performed at the 92Y, Bem...