2:00pm – 6:00pm
December 7, 2019
150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009
Featuring movement artists affiliated with jill sigman/thinkdance (Dani Cole, Malaika Rinyire, Jill Sigman, Stacy Lynn Smith, Krishna Washburn, Kayva Yang) and immigrant activists from the New Sanctuary Coalition, this experimental and informal event builds on last year's Movement Research Festival evening on somatics and social justice.
Freedom of Movement combines discussion, movement improvisation, audience interaction, and an immigration court accompaniment training with the New Sanctuary Coalition. The entire event will be in English and Spanish.
Participants can come for some or both parts of the event. To become certified for accompaniments, participants must attend the whole training from 4-6pm.
PART 1: 2-4pm Discussion and Movement
Dialogical performance lab, including discussion with immigrant activists and movement (come for all or part)
PART 2: 4-6pm Accompaniment Training
New Sanctuary Coalition Accompaniment Training. This training will prepare you to volunteer to accompany asylum seekers in deportation proceedings to immigration court and ICE check-ins. You do not need any special skills or prior training to do this, and it's an important way to bring some accountability and humanity into this extremely dehumanizing process. **To become certified for accompaniments, participants must attend the whole training from 4-6pm**
This is a FREE event!
About New Sanctuary Coalition
For 10 years, the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) has been led by and for immigrants to stop the inhumane system of deportations and detentions in this country. NSC provides legal support and referrals through programs and clinics staffed by volunteer lawyers and trained laypeople who spread knowledge of immigrants' rights; assist with asylum applications; advise on pro se defense at court appearances; and much more. NSC has stopped the forced isolation of many undocumented people by building a large accompaniment program in which citizens go with immigrants to mandatory ICE check-ins and immigration court hearings. The NSC accompaniment program recruits and trains hundreds of volunteers, building an active community mobilized against deportation.
About jill sigman/thinkdance
Founded in 1998, the work of jill sigman/thinkdance exists at the intersection of dance, visual installation, and social practice. This event is part of an ongoing project called Body Politic, which brings together artists, activists, and advocates via workshops and performance.