As facilitator, I lead participants through a range of dance and theater modalities including Authentic Movement, Butoh, Qi Gong, contemplative dance, releasing techniques, and political theater exercises. I talk through natural systems that operate through interdependency, fostering collective nourishment by design, and therefore, which destabilize colonial practices of depletion, isolation, and disempowerment. Participants respond to prompts and images I offer, considering their body’s relationship to power and empire. As they develop deep listening, they can identify and reconsider assimilated and conditioned habits in their own bodies and ways of moving. As we consider colonization in the body, we also tap into embodied and ancestral technologies and knowing.
Physical activities are adapted to meet every participant’s mobility needs. All levels of experience and familiarity with dance are welcome and accommodated.
Invested in the well-being of communities that disproportionately face violence, I’ve offered LIMINAL BODIES in a variety of contexts and communities: schools, art spaces, activist spaces, and community centers. As an artist, I’ve have the opportunity to partner with community organizations to offer free sessions to self-identified people of color in social justice and the arts, formerly incarcerated women living together in rehabilitative housing, young Black, low-income mothers in an economic empowerment program, and LGBTQI community members.
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Thoughts from participants
I appreciate the space to process the world with my body, and not just my brain. I am grateful for the reminder that I contain the power of my ancestors as well as the power of those who will come after me. – J.J.
It brought about a sense of present focus that sustained through the following week. – Cassie
I remember reveling in slowness, remaining in a meditative state, and I was very grateful for that — it felt like an active healing process. – Tara
If you are interested in hosting a “Liminal Bodies” workshop, please direct email inquiries to zzzag.m (at) gmail.com.
© 2023 Zavé Martohardjono | performer. video artist. community-minded curator.
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