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[In-Person] FUNKitUp, A Conscious Meta-Physical Practice

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC

1:00pm – 2:30pm
June 17, 2023
MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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  • This is a Free workshop brought to you by the Artist of Color Council.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • This workshop includes auditive guidance.

This FREE workshop is brought to you
by the Artist of Color Council.

[In-Person] FUNKitUp, A Conscious Meta-Physical Practice


This workshop is directed to Black communities, People Of Color, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Non-Binary communities and Trans communities.

For the HEALTH of OUR COMMUNITIES, we will continue to follow our current >>MR COVID-19 Safety Protocols<< which require proof of vaccination and a face covering for participants of all [In-Person] Classes and Workshops happening at Movement Research Studios at 122CC, Eden´s Expressway, and Judson Church. Approved face coverings include N95/KN95/KF94 masks. We can provide KN95 masks.

Workshop Description:

FUNKitUp, A Conscious Meta-Physical Practice is a facilitated space built to encourage embodied inquisition and to investigate one’s relation to dance history and the contemporary. With a focus on artistic freedom, the practice uses reflection to challenge the body's understanding of simply being, constantly asking those involved to push the limits of what it “feels” like to surrender or let go. FUNKitUp is designed for advanced movers or embodied thinkers, and finds its foundation within the philosophies of The Africanist Aesthetics. The fast-paced class/workshop flows freely through meditative work, weight shifting, micro-articulations, rhythmic patterns, Astro-healing, traditional form play, collective improvisation, and complicated phraseology, landing ultimately at each movers' personal movement theory (the fertile ground for an individual’s choreographic lineage). FUNKitUp, A Conscious Meta-Physical Practice is built around developing three major movement skill sets: - the ability to quickly yet consciously call upon past/current movement aesthetics -the capacity of one’s body to embrace unseen time/space -the range of one’s meta-physical reach, using trance, code-switching, and memory-based theater to re-find experiential movement

[Image Description: Two black individuals move across a wooden floor, skipping. One wears an American flag with black pants and the other an army shirt with black pants. They are moving in opposite directions with a black backdrop.

Accessibility Note:

-This workshop includes auditive guidance.
-To request ASL interpretation, please email [email protected], subject line "ASL - MELT, Johnnie Cruise Mercer" at least two (2) weeks prior to the workshop start date.
-To request Audio Description, please email [email protected], subject line "AD - MELT, Johnnie Cruise Mercer" at least three (3) weeks prior to the workshop start date.

For access-related requests or questions, please email [email protected], subject line "Johnnie Cruise Mercer."



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Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC

Johnnie Cruise Mercer, a 2022 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award Recipient, and a 2021 Princess Grace Award Recipient (Choreography), is a queer-black think-maker; a choreographer, an educator, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. A nati...