Glad to be with you in this new year. I see this as a time to get informed, connect, and take action. To this end, I'm excited that my action dialogue project on racism,UNDER | STAND, will be taking place in a number of communities in the coming months, including Smith College, the University of Southern California, and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. More on those events closer to the dates. Please be in touch if you would be interested in bringing UNDER | STAND to your school, organization or community!
Hope to see you soon. Let me know if I can be of help through coaching, training, speaking, or designing an event for you or your group. Or, maybe you have an idea for another way we could work together? Be in touch!
p.s. At the bottom of this letter, check out some great resources for examining the structures of racism.
Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts RIFF Talks: Public Discussion with K.J. Holmes, Chris Aiken & Dana Caspersen
A public conversation exploring the concept of tone: what is the underlying landscape of our actions and perceptions?
7:00pm, February 2nd, 2018.
Co-sponsored by the Smith College Dance Department and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.
Which choreographic decisions are being made in participatory events?
January 31st-February 3rd, 2018.Recognizing and engaging categories of choreographic decision-making that impact our thinking, our work process and output, and our society.
Northhampton, Massachusetts, USA: Community introduction to the action dialogue UNDER | STAND
How might this project best benefit our community?
February 4th, 2018.
A gathering to explore the upcoming action dialogue project on racism. more info here.
UNDER | STAND: a group effort
Much gratitude to the many people who have offered their time, ideas and actions during the development of the project UNDER | STAND. In particular Reshma Anwar, Robin Aren, Mikaela Brandon, Delaine Dobbs, Francesca Harper, Emily Hart, Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Sam Kaltenhaler, and Maya Miller who worked with me to shape the project over the course of 2 months during my residency at NYU last year.
For a great resource on the history and structures of racism, in particular the construction of the category of whiteness, I highly recommend the podcast "Seeing Whiteness."