Transgressive Body Workshop at the Lion's Jaw Festival, courtesy of The Fleet NYC

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MELT – The Transgressive Body

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

3:00pm – 5:00pm
January 18, 2019
12:30pm – 3:30pm
January 7 – January 10, 2019
MELT – The Transgressive Body

11 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019

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For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

– Audre Lorde, A Litany For Survival

How does the teaching of theory promote new systems for intellectual simulation and understanding?

This workshop considers and discusses the critical position of fabulosity when situated inside a complex environment. How does fantasy serve as a survivalist strategy inside an ever-shifting or seemingly non-coherent pressurized space? What creative possibilities can psycho-geographic traumas reveal in and through the body? Set to a background of the cultural divisions, fractions, and schizophrenic behaviors currently embedded inside the contemporary political landscape, this workshop questions the ways in which people collaborate to archive their own freedom narratives as a way to negotiate and navigate through culturally charged fields of systemic oppression and loss.

Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live radically staged actions.

Participants are asked to bring costumes and various materials/objects that transform the visual state of their physical presentation.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring:

  • questions about their own work and practice that they are willing to unfold and share within a group environment.
  • radical costumes that disguise their bodies.
  • one or more personal items they feel comfortable sharing and working with in public space.

This space welcomes and encourages individuals who identify as disabled and/or QTPOC to participate. This workshop is inclusive and open to artist-citizens who are interested in grappling with the interdisciplinarity and collaboration inherent in conversations around the Transgressive Body.

The materials explored in this workshop will culminate with a public manifestation at The Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. Participation in the workshop does not require you to participate in the manifestation at MoMA. Click here for more information regarding the exhibition at MoMA.

The dates, times and locations of this workshop are:

January 7-10 12:30-3:30pm @ MR, 122CC (MR, 122CC is a fully ADA compliant facility.)

January 13 6-9pm @ MoMA

January 18 3-5pm @ MoMA



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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American poet, curator, and performance artist originally from Detroit, MI. He is a 2018-20 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, a 2019 DiP Resident Artist at Gibney, a 2018 National Dance Project Award rec...