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I’m an interdisciplinary artist. As a mixed-race Indonesian-American, I live between my assimilation and my Javanese ancestry. My queer, transgender, non-binary body performs multiple border-crossings. My performances celebrate liminality and non-linear storytelling and explore legacies of colonial empire. I employ non-Western dance and mythology to unwind colonial conditioning. I am concerned with the question of whether, and how, embodied healing and anti-colonial storytelling can be used to de-condition the body and untangle entrenched assimilation. With this core question in mind, I make dance improvisation works, experimental theater, multimedia installations, and performance art that address and subvert political histories. To read more, see my bio and artist statement or check out my artist CV. You can also find writing and press about my work.

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QUEER FUTURES: re-orientations for performance. queer arrivals and pursuits through and after the pandemic.
Oct 8, 9, 10
Join via Zoom here

I’m so lucky to be part of QUEER FUTURES, invited to think on big questions about performance right now and queer futures. Presented by Lion’s Jaw performance + dance festival and MIT and facilitated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, this three-day conversation is happening virtually October 8-10.

DAY ONE 10/8 5pm ET | Thomas F. DeFrantz | jess pretty | Eroca Nicols
DAY TWO 10/9 5pm ET | Thomas F. DeFrantz | Joseph M. Pierce | zavé martohardjono
DAY THREE 10/10 3pm ET | Thomas F. DeFrantz | Joy Mariama Smith | jumatatu poe

ASL service provided at each session. Suggested donation of $5-25 payable via PayPal to lionsjaw@gmail.com. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Donations will be split between the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and the NDN Covid-19 Response Project. This event is made possible in part through a Live Arts Boston Grant via the Boston Foundation.

Resiliency Motions 
Hosted by Movement Research
Fridays | Oct 16-Nov 20 | 1:15-2:30pm ET
FREE | Register here

We may need more juice in our joints as we spiral into November. Join me for free virtual dance classes: Resiliency Motions hosted by Movement Research. In this series we will meditate, visualize, move, and write together to tap into resiliency, free-ness, and embodied wisdom. Prompts and frameworks offer re/connection to the body as a starting point for transformation. Resiliency Motions samples embodied healing practices from Lama Rod Owens’ “Love and Rage”, practices centering the erotic as power from both Audre Lorde’s thought and Qi Gong, and anti-colonial wisdom of the body as nature. You can drop into one or take a bunch with me! Happening each Friday from October 16 through November 20.


If you are interested in chatting about my work, or booking a workshop or performance, you can message me directly by emailing me at zave [at] zavemartohardjono [dot] com.