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Now more than ever is the time to unearth, discover and activate your superpower. To embody the extraordinary and defend yourself, your people and the earth with power. To surprise the world with a strength uniquely yours.
This movement-based performance laboratory begins with techniques to prepare the full body (body as physical, emotional, psychological) to then allow for creative exploration, discovery and definition of your distinct superpowers. How will they manifest through your body? How will you give them shape, form, substance? What or who are they meant to defend? Protect? Attack? Transform?
We will draw upon both guided and movement meditation methods, somatics, theater of the oppressed, improvisational movement and the “Incendiary Body” contemporary performance technique developed by the dance collective Deslimites Mediações Artísticas, based in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
This collaboratively led practice is a safe space that is feminist and anti-racist open to all bodies and levels of experience, including children and youth. We will strive to make this workshop as accessible as possible depending on the needs of interested individuals, please share in the comments section of the registration any questions or concerns regarding access and we will gladly work with you.
Nefertiti Charlene Altan is an afro-indigenous, queer, feminist, artista do corpo. composer. percussionist. cultural producer. curator. educator. interpreter. Of Guatemalan roots raised in the Bay Area, California living in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil since 2013. She has spent the last 15 years creating, studying, collaborating in both contemporary and folk performance works with artists from the US, Mexico, Canada, Haiti, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil. She is a founding artist of Deslimites Mediações Artísticas, a collective based in Salvador, Bahia that creates contemporary dance methods and works in non-conventional spaces within a feminist & anti-racist framework, like the Incendiary Body Technique, the performance piece Is there Violence in the Silence? and the independent contemporary dance platform Corpo em Casa [Body at Home] showcasing women and/or queer performance artists for months at a time in domestic spaces. She was a performer and composer in Quaseilhas, the first-ever original Brazilian musical theatre performance piece entirely in Yoruba with the collective Plataforma Araká, presenting at the Adelante! Iberoamerican Theatre Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, the International Theatre Festival in Belo Horizonte and for 2 seasons in Salvador, Bahia. She is part of the first all-female atabaque (traditional brazilian drum) ensemble Tamborá Ayó lead by Mestra Monica Millet, and has studied and performed afro-brazilian dance and music forms with Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Marilza Oliveira, Mestre King, Mestre Augusto Omulu, Mestre Aranha, Contra-Mestra Brisa do Mar, Nilidinha Fonseca, Mestra Joana Cavalcante, Josy Garcia, Os Guerreiros do Passo, Tania Bispo, Amilton Lino, Paco Gomes, Mestra Mãe Aurinda.
Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is an independent curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practices for mental health and wellness. Along her journey, Joy embraced movement and meditation practices as the pathway towards transformation and healing. She is grateful to have had the opportunities to perform with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT, HomeLA and 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, UCLA, and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on a DIYPhd research project with School for the Ecocene on the topic of; Sacred Darkness, the regenerative nature of dance, underground networks and mushrooms for mental health and healing in harmony for the New Earth.
Jenny Garcia is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Somatic Body Worker, a student of Somatics, a Healing Justice organizer, and a samba dancer. She has trained in Latin and Afro-Diasporic dance for over 15 years. She has been involved in somatic study around leadership, trauma, resilience, conditioned tendencies and processes of healing and change with the organization Generative Somatics for 6 years. Her facilitation methodology is built on building embodied awareness, connection, supporting imagination, play and healing in community.