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Movement of Stillness is a class series curated by Joy Angela (aka Alegria), co-facilitated by practitioners and artists offering a diversity of healing modalities.
February 14th: AKIM FUNK BUDDHA’S Bonsai Lab / An experimental movement / dance session
Are you a dancer who moves beyond category or has the desire to do so? Perhaps you have a style that you would like to expand or find more freedom within. Or maybe you don’t consider yourself a dancer, but have an urge to explore movement/dance.
The Bonsai Lab offers a safe space for dancers to slow down and connect to deeper parts of themselves. Each person possesses an inherent wisdom within their gene pool, ancestry and lineage. It can be both rejuvenating and therapeutic for one to move with this awareness.
Join this experimental movement session where you will have the opportunity to meet other movers exploring the edges of their movement capacity, resulting in a deeper awareness of how your inherent movement sensibilities can enhance your personal expression.
Legendary urban-experimental performance artist, dancer, and teacher, Akim Funk Buddha is one of five American artists to win a US / Japan Creative Artists’ Program grant for a three-month residency / cultural exchange in Japan. The grant is awarded by the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Akim is a multi-faceted performance artist with talents ranging from high-energy Classic Hip Hop rhymes, beat-boxing and Mongolian throat-singing, to body-balancing, martial arts, tap dance, and circus arts. Akim creates borderless performance art fusing sounds and movements. He is known for his holistic approach to dance, drawing from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines.
Akim’s exceptional stage productions transcend borders and has featured at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), and throughout New York City including Central Park Summer Stage, The Blue Note ,The Whitney Museum (VH1 Hip Hop Honors), Lincoln Center Outdoors, Joe’s Pub, The Winter Garden, La MaMa Theater & The Rubin Museum. His shows are featured annually at BAMCafé Live, The Brooklyn Academy of Music.
He won Best Choreography in New York’s Fringe Festival for the musical “Average Asian American,” as well as the PS122 “Toast” Dance Contest. Akim has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Sesame Street, and can be seen as an M.C. in the award winning Documentary “FreeStyle – The Art of Rhyme”.
Akim has collaborated with a range of ground-breaking artists such as, Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, Tony Award winning Director Bill T Jones, touring the world with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company performing as throat singer/vocalist, beat boxer, multi-percussionist, and dancer.
Akim is an advocate for alternative methods in learning. He has developed innovative teaching methods that utilize both movement and sound for kids with learning differences. Akim believes that through the power of music and performance, fear and ignorance can be conquered and the world is brought a bit closer together.
Throughout time, non-western indigenous healing practices maintain that Balance and Harmony are key to health and wellness. When we are in alignment with our mind, body, soul and the land that sustains us, we’re able to maintain a more balanced and healthy life. Movement of Stillness is about balance. We need movement to find stillness and we need stillness to sustain our movements.
The movement and meditation of dance and performance taught me to embrace the present as a space where infinite possibilities exist. Movement and breath guides the way to stillness; it helps to shift, transform, heal, and to create. In this series, we create choreographies of stillness with practices of presence.
My intention is to offer movement and meditation practices to support and sustain our spirits and mental health, individually and collectively. The Movements of breath, body and stillness will help bring balance and alignment with the divine. The practices offered will assist to uplift, be a supportive space for expansion, community, mental health, magic and joy.
In times when it may seem like the future is uncertain, the present is infinite! We’ll breathe life into the present and give shape to our intentions as we amplify infinite potentials through meditation and somatic healing practices. All are always welcome.
*Movement of Stillness is devoted to offering meditation and Healing arts practices from a position of de-colonization. We honor the lineage of healing modalities rooted in African and/indigenous cultures by acknowledgement of the ancestral roots of the practices offered.
In gratitude, Joy Angela
Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is a curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as a healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practice for mental health and wellness.
As a Chicana, native of East L.A., Chicanx art and culture informed her social and political consciousness. Her background in arts, culture, performance and activism lead her to receive a BA in “World Arts and Cultures” from UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and a Master’s degree in “Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere” from USC Roski School of Fine Arts in 2011.
After a career as a museum-gallery educator and public programs coordinator, working at several Los Angeles Contemporary art museums and artist/activist-run spaces, Joy’s devotion to healing arts and dance for mental health, lead her to work independently as a curator, dance/movement facilitator, yoga teacher, raw vegan artisan-chef and entrepreneur.
It was especially through dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy tuned in to remembering the transformative value of movement and meditation practices. Along this journey, Joy has offered classes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Gallery, People’s Yoga, The Boyle Heights Conservatory, The Healing Center of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Plummer Park Senior programs, Indigo Yoga, Self Help Graphics and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on her DIYPhd through the School for the Ecocene.
Joy is grateful for the opportunity to offer healing arts practices in collaboration to co-create sacred and supportive space and as a practice towards de-colonization in mental health through connections to the divine wisdom of ancestral, indigenous and nature based healing.