PANEL: Lost in Translation: punk, whack, waacking, w(h)acking?
The 28th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) conference at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Bodies in Flux, in collaboration with the Institute for Dance Studies and The Dance Current Magazine, is thrilled to host the panel “Lost in Translation: punk, whack, waacking, w(h)acking?”. Now a popular dance practice, Punk/Whack originated in queer communities in Los Angeles. As the form spread, what's been lost in translation? How has it shapeshifted to fit into a changing world? This panel explores who the form was created for and who is claiming it now by asking “how does the whacking community in Toronto care for the queer history and bodies that we imitate and adapt?"
Moderated by: Seika Boye, Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Dance Studies Panelists: Ashley Perez, Emily Law, Kelvin Bacardii Organizers: FOOT, The Institute for Dance Studies, Dance Current Magazine
When: Friday February 28th, 2020 4:00 - 5:30pm Where: 79A St. George Street, University of Toronto Campus, Front and Long Rooms This event is open to the public.
About FOOT: The 28th annual Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) conference at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Bodies in Flux, takes place this February 27th and 28th, 2020. The conference seeks to address the following questions. How do we theorize bodies as a process: as a performance as well as a performer? How are bodies created and transformed through performances, perceptions, receptions, and theorizations of them? www.foot2020.wordpress.com https://twitter.com/FOOT_conference https://www.cdtps.utoronto.ca/events/FOOT2020
Keynote Lecture: Connection to Blood Land and Experience of Performance + Creation in Flux Please note: This Keynote Lecture and Workshop with Lara Kramer has been CANCELLED. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope Lara will join us at another time in the future.
In Flux. Everything is animate. Time is not linear. Objects, sounds, textures, space, our built environment and the natural: everything has a spirit. And everything is in a constant state of change. Nothing is static or stable. The relation to time and memory is where past, present and future co-exists. Lara Kramer has been creating performance work since 2008. She has a history of creating work that is grounded in experiential practice and field work. An important process for the artists is the reconnection to her blood land, a territory that embodies a memory and depth of knowledge. The process of experiential practice is what imprints into her works, informing the intensity, imagery, and dreaming in live performance. Some examples of questions that will be proposed during the talk include: What is your ancestor's relation to land? How does that relation carry forward or influence you now, and impact your future? What is the intersection of indigenous, western, and other cultural values? How are they represented in the body, in relation to objects and sounds? How do we imprint ourselves through body, sound, objects, textures, materials and discussions? We will use our shared time to discuss ideas and connections, reflecting on how we make markings of our experience in performance, creation, and daily interactions When: Friday, January 24, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 pm Where: Robert Gill Theatre
Keynote Workshop: State of Flux (cancelled) When: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Where: Leonard Common Room (LCR) 75 St. George StreetThe workshop State of Flux centres each participant’s relationship to themselves; what their body naturally carries and expresses. Going head on into the intuitive listening of one’s self, we will be working with memory and sensation as guiding tools. Participants will be asked to work solo with body, object(s), still and moving images, and sound to begin to develop a personal working environment that will support the experience of state of flux. Guided exercises will offer support for instinctual listening to the body and the body’s relation to space + environment. These exercises are led by Lara to help participants explore their impulses and zero in on their relationship to the environment they are creating and exploring. Working with our bodies, muscle memory and instinctual choices, we will digest the connection to our experiences with objects, textures and materials and begin to make choices of what remains; what is necessary to the experience. What stays with us in our private experiences and what needs to be visible or invisible. The work will move quickly and be immediate as participants imprint their experiences in the space, towards objects, with sound and body. We will place importance on the practice of reinventing as we revisit ideas, actions, connections to stay present with the state of flux. Time will be allotted for individuals to explore and generate ideas. We will share our discoveries through working simultaneously with our explorations and through our discussion. The workshop will be immediately followed by a catered lunch. No background in performance is required.
Presenters Institute for Dance Studies Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Canadian Research Chair in Canadian and Transnational Histories Dancemakers Artist-in-Residence Program Producers: Stefanie Miller, VK Preston, Seika Boye