Somatics/Preparations with Amelia Uzategui Bonilla
Sunday, March 28 at 11am-12pm EDT
*Join Amelia Uzategui Bonilla in conversation with Kimberly Bartosik, Julie Mayo, and Christy Funsch on Sunday, March 28 at 6pm EDT
ABOUT THE CLASS:
From the lens of a survivor of racialized xenophobia and sexualization, this somatic training invites embodied liberation in domestic spaces to syncopated rhythms – insert vintage Salsa music here. Please note: “mistakes" and surrendering to the euphoric state of catharsis are welcomed to possess a warm body. Could it be that one’s own dance is a form of erotic touch? This format includes a somatic entry starting from sitting in a chair and nudges the body into unfiltered solo, improvisational dancing. It experiments with the incorporation of embryological patterns in non-premeditated movement to funky beats. The result is sometimes Salsa, “bad” Salsa, or something like “contemporary” dance, sensed and felt.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla (she/they) curates transdisciplinary performance curriculum, affirming decolonial and migrant perspectives. In 2020, Amelia managed Somatic Sauce and co-curated the PLATAFORMA festival, both digital projects working towards lifting up the BIPOC communities and their practices through knowledge transmission, digital performance, gatherings, and documentation. They have worked closely with the following artists and institutions: Anna Halprin, Ángeles D1, Ballet de San Marcos, La Catolica University, and el Conjunto Nacional de Folklore, San Francisco's FRESH Festival, ID_Frankfurt, Cunamacué, Luna Dance Institute, NAKA Dance Theater, randy estrellx reyes, the Tamalpa Institute, Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, and Tino Sehgal. Their research is published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media and Dancers' Group's In Dance Magazine.