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There’s nothing neutral about bodies.

March 14, 2011

Come to this event I’m organizing through CLASS CLASS CLASS!!

There’s nothing neutral about bodies.

Sunday, April 3rd / 5-7 pm @ Brazil / 1182 Flushing / Brooklyn, NY / L to Jefferson Ave

Artists speaking include Lezlie Frye, HeJin Jang, Niall Jones, iele paloumpis, Marya Wethers, and YOU!

In this discussion/workshop/group performance experience we will try to shed the idea of “neutral” within our moving/feeling/thinking/visible bodies. As performers, dancers, and people, we know what it is to look and be looked at, and to feel our own moving bodies; those experiences are sometimes painful, ecstatic, vulnerable, spiritual, boring, hot, frustrating and so on – but always transcend the performative state of “neutral”.

What does the dancing community mean when we say things like “find/remain/or return to neutral”? Perhaps it’s something to do with stability, presence, quiet, stillness, readiness, or just standing in parallel while looking forward. But what if (and more often) we don’t feel or connect to this sense of being “neutral”? What the hell would a “neutral body” look like and why would we seek such a thing? How does that relate to age, race, gender, ethnicity, ability, and sexuality, as well as numerous/endless cultural factors?

Instead let’s start here:

How we perceive, feel and move through this world is highly personal, political and anything but neutral. Rather than seek an impossible sense of neutrality within ourselves, let’s meet our bodies/minds wherever they’re at in any given moment. Let’s locate and move specificities within our unexpected bodies. Let’s talk body politics, and then bring it back to our real bodies/lived experience. Let’s dance together, watch each other and make something specific.


I hope that this event will inspire multiple kinds of questions about post-modern neutrality & dancing bodies. I invite you to add your experience, perspective, & questions to the mix.

About the format:

Jumping off of the idea that movement & group action/performance are rich forms of communication – equally as valid as verbal discourse, I hope there’s nothing neutral about bodies will open up new ways to envision “panels” & “discussions” about dance. Come prepared to talk, watch, listen & move.

L train to the Jefferson Stop, exit at the rear of the station. turn left out of the station, & make first left on Flushing. 1182 will be the red building on your left. BRAZIL is on the second floor



Lezlie Frye is a yogi, activist, performance artist, poet and scholar based in Brooklyn, NY. She was a company member of GIMP, a NY-based interdisciplinary dance project and a former member of SINS Invalid, San Francisco–based artist’s collective exploring dis/abled sexuality. In conjunction with yoga, movement work and performance, she leads workshops and teach-ins around the country. Frye is currently a doctoral student in the American Studies Program, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, at New York University. Her work explores embodiment and citizenship, with a critical focus on race, dis/ability, gender, and social justice.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, HeJin Jang is a multi-city based choreographer, performer, teacher, video artist and writer. American Dance Festival Faculty (Durham, ’09-10),SIWIC ensemble dancer (Switzerland. ’09), Movement Research Artist-In-Residency (New York, ’10-present), Recipient of NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artist (New York, ’10-present), Recipent of DanceWeb Fellowship (Vienna, ’11)

niall moved to brooklyn from richmond, the birth place, and is constantly re-establishing a sense of a shifting self meandering through shifting spaces. niall has been surrounded by immeasurably impactive women for some time, arousing an expansive, non-static understanding of (queer) maleness and the performative complexities of gender. niall’s hair is growing and inside this act of growth resumes a quest for an ancient fable, hidden and unspoken. a link to revelation, the real and the fictive.

iele paloumpis is a trans/queer dance artist, choreographer & teacher. As an educator of 8 years, they have taught classes in movement improvisation and composition, as well as dance theory and critique. At the center of iele’s practice are ideas exploring body politics and artistic self-empowerment.

Marýa Wethers has been working as a dancer/performer and cultural worker in NYC for over 13 years. She has an ongoing interest in exploring issues around identity in her work as both a curator and performer. She curated the Out of Space @ BRIC Studio series for Danspace Project from 2003-2007, with a particular focus on work representing the perspectives and experiences of artists who are of color, queer, and/or female. She wrote the article “UnCHARTed Legacies: women of color in post-modern dance” for the 25th Anniversary Movement Research Performanace Journal (issue #27/28).Marýa is speaking with Daria Faïn on a Movement Research Studies Project panel about dancers who commission choreographers on May 18 at 7pm.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jai permalink
    March 18, 2011 1:25 am

    Yes! I wish I could be a part of this!

  2. March 18, 2011 9:34 am

    holy hell jai, i wish you could be here more than you know!! but rest assured, you are definitely a part of this 😉

  3. emilly permalink
    April 15, 2011 11:11 am

    i really really really love your bio

  4. April 15, 2011 1:01 pm

    thanks emily! i’ve been experimenting with my bio a lot recently bc i always find it hard to write, so that means a lot to me.

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