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Reaching towards is political. It is how we resist the loneliness that erodes our communities and collective power. It is how we combat the loneliness caused by the physical separation of social distancing and quarantine. Touch | Screen is an invitation to reach towards each other, to mourn analog touch while exploring the complicated new contact offered to us through the technology we use to feel close. Here, a way of touching. From a distance, with no one. We’ll gaze, play, taste and talk in this workshop. Come to ground into yourself, mourn that we can’t feel each other, while we find new ways to feel each other through our screens.
Led by two different facilitators, each workshop will take a different approach to exploring touch through the screen. These connected but separate workshops will be led by Kai Hazelwood & Cheyenne Dunbar of Good Trouble Makers. Both workshops will also be a peak into the process of creating Touch | Screen an interactive virtual performance about love and connection that will premiere on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2021.
Open to all bodies, with all levels of movement experience.
Kai Hazelwood (she/her) is a dedicated choreographer, dance educator, event producer, and public speaker raising the profile of bi+/queer and BIPOC community issues through art projects, community events, and public speaking. She has appeared in BuzzFeed videos and speaks at high schools and colleges about bi+ community issues. In 2016 she choreographed the bi+ contingent of the Los Angeles Pride Parade featuring the cast of Crazy Ex Girlfriend.
Kai was the Resident Choreographer for Theatre Dybbuk for 4 years, and has created numerous productions of her own. She was a guest choreographer for Martz Contemporary Dance in Barcelona Spain before touring with Axis Dance Company. In 2017 Kai signed with Go 2 Talent Agency, and was an Art Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident. In 2018 Kai was invited to The Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco, named an Artist in Residence for the City of Los Angeles, and invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum. In 2019 Kai was a Dance USA Institute for Leadership cohort member.
She is currently on faculty at Chapman University, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Good Trouble Makers, a practice driven collaborative celebrating plural-sexual identities and centering BIPOC. Good Trouble Makers are dedicated to making. Making art, making room, making good trouble.
Cheyenne Dunbar (he/him) is an accomplished dancer, mover, multi-instrumentalist and martial artist (including Boxing, Tai Chi, Muay Thai and Capoeira Angola) with over 3 decades of experience. He developed the Primal Integrated Movement Practice, which takes the most effective principles from each form to craft a truly unique movement experience. He is also the frontman and lead singer for GLIFOS, a voodoo funk band from Los Angeles, CA, and a founding member of Good Trouble Makers.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.