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[IN-PERSON] Shifting Concepts

Yoshiko Chuma

10:00am – 12:00pm
August 2, 2021
Movement Research

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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  • Registration is OPEN!
  • This workshop will happen IN PERSON at Movement Research studios in the East Village, NYC.
  • Workshop participants must be fully vaccinated.

This workshops will happen in-person at Movement Research's First Avenue Studios.

Please note: Workshops participants must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the workshop.

About this workshop:

Participants will work on shifting concepts from the two dimensional 3:4 rectangle to the body. The investigation process of transformation from intellectual concepts to physical movements will be an exercise for both the brain and the body. We will use our own gestures, words, images and experiences to create movement. Dance is a monologue, flowing resistance activity uses dance to deliver a delicate and powerful message. How do these practices speak to urgent political and global issues today?

Participants will be asked to bring 10 ordinary props that will be explained in the first workshop. They should also bring a camera phone or a laptop.
Shifting concept from two dimension 3:4 rectangle to the body using 10 props integrated to laptop or iPhone.

Acknowledgement Note:

Movement Research recognizes that Ableism, in the form of linguistic microaggressions, although involuntary, is a pervasive practice within the arts community, locally and across different cultures, languages, and geographies.
Using metaphors that equate disability and disabled people to something negative, is imprecise, harmful and problematic in several ways.
In our effort to confront institutional Ableism, often expressed and reinforced through language, we center transparency and accountability when raising awareness about the systemic exclusion and oppression of disabled people.
In an earlier version of Yoshiko Chuma's workshop “shifting concepts”, the description read: A Blind Eye Cast Unknowing "the worst thing is that we cast a blind eye to catastrophes that aren't even what we think they are" with Yoshiko Chuma.
Accessibility Consultant and Visually Impaired choreographer Christopher Núñez expressed his concerns to Executive Director Barbara Bryan about the negative references used in the workshop’s description towards Visual Impairment. Barbara Bryan approached artist Yoshiko Chuma and had a conversation about the use of ableist language that resulted in a new workshop description in which the words and references to Visual Impairment originally included were removed.
Members of the Movement Research Accessibility Advisory Team, Alejandra Ospina, iele paloumpis, Kayla Hamilton and Yo-Yo Lin advised to include an editor’s note to provide a deeper context to the community.
At MR, conversations about Disability are key to building understanding and awareness about Ableism. We encourage our Staff members, Faculty members, Artist-In-Residence, and the community at large to create the space for educational conversations. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christopher Núñez at [email protected] or [email protected]

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Yoshiko Chuma (conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks) has been a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since the 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is ...