Event Information

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances the workshop on Wed 23 is cancelled.

Our embodiment experiences differ due to gender, race, class, ability and sexual orientation. Somatics and body oriented therapies/practices, want to see all bodies as one object. However, oppression(s) experienced by QTBIPOC, Queer and Trans bodies of colour shape who they are. We must emphasise more on understanding oppression(s) as a form of traumas that live in the bodies, and build toward anti-oppressive critical practices that centre lived experiences as a core witness of being in the world. Therefore, aiming for transformation processes, through allowing our bodies to speak for itself, and have spaces that aren’t titled ONLY as “safe” but to achieve safety through a collective consciousness that arises from our experiences that are often perceived as foreign.

In this workshop, we will process, using dance and movement interventions, how we can deconstruct the ONE standardised way of having a body and being present in it, and allowing those bodies to go beyond and bring forward the stories they hold within. The workshops will last 3 hours; including an opening circle, several interventions and a closure/reflection round ending the session. You don't need to have dance experience.

This international collaboration is made possible by Perform Europe. Perform Europe is an EU-funded project aiming to rethink how performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new touring and distribution practices and providing policy recommendations for a future EU support scheme. This 18-month journey includes a research phase, launching a digital platform, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations. 

Ahmad BaBa’s residency with SHOUT Festival & Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is part of the ongoing research, exhibition and performance project "Embodied Temporalities - tracing the memories our bodies hold" produced by Oyoun cultural centre (Berlin, GER).

What memories do our bodies hold? What can our bodies tell us about ourselves, pasts, and futures? Through Embodied Temporalities – Tracing the memories our bodies hold, cultural practitioners explore identities, belonging and embodied memories through diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. It offers a community-centered approach for participants finding expression of experiences through movement while paving the way for collective healing. Embodied Temporalities is a research, archiving, exhibition and performance project under the artistic direction of Madhumita Nandi.