Discovering Our Future Bodies: Movement Making for the Liberation of Black Women

February 8, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Led by Sydnie L. Mosley and SLMDances

If our bodies are vehicles that help us move through the world, then we must agree that our bodies are the first to bear the marks of privilege, oppression, subordination, superiority, and ultimately, power, that society imposes on us. What is our future body? How do the freedom tools we have identified as radical ways of being and regenerating, lead us to this future body?

The workshop will interrogate respectability politics for black women through an interactive talk, story circles and a performance of Mosley’s collaboratively-devised dance work, CAKE. Through the exploration of black women’s physicality, participants will call forth practices and technologies we use for survival, regeneration, and the reclaiming of our bodily agency as a means of resistance and rejuvenation. Participants should feel comfortable sharing stories about coming into your own body.

By the end of this workshop, you can expect to:
(1) Identify and analyze the impact of respectability politics that shape the way that black women carry our present bodies.
(2) Learn some freedom tools that center, prioritize, and free the stories of black women and girls, and everyone who falls at the intersection.
(3) Implement the freedom tools for the liberation of those oppressed, and in so doing, ultimately free all human beings
(3) Use the freedom tools in an improvisational movement practice to identify their individual future body, how it moves and how it relates to others, and will have an opportunity to share this future body movement.

This workshop is part of FAB’s year-long series, The Sustainable Artist Toolkit.


Wednesday, February 8, 2016
Hosted by Downtown Art, 70 E. 4th Street

About Sydnie L. Mosley

Sydnie Mosley 1
Photo by Ferima Faye/F.F. Visual

Sydnie is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances. Current recognitions include: The Field Leadership Fund, CUNY Dance Initiative, Artist in Residence at University Settlement, and the Dancing While Black Fellowship. With her work, The Window Sex Project, she became the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College.

Sydnie danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT: a dance company from 2010-2013, and continues to be a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet, since 2009. As an educator, she designed and teaches Barnard College’s Dance in the City Pre-College Program. An advocate for the field, Sydnie served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee 2011-2015 leading as Vice Chair in her last year, and in 2016 sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC.

Registration is closed for this event.