Image Description: Close up shot of a brown man with a shaved head wearing a maroon long sleeve shirt. He's looking off to the side. It's been a long day, he's tired and can feel the sweat drying back onto his body. He's thinking about balance and all the work that goes into finding it. Photo by Andrew Jordan.
Mash-Up Workshop with Gerald Casel and Paul Singh
Friday, March 26 at 2:30-5:30pm EDT
*Join Gerald Casel and Paul Singh in conversation with K.J. Holmes and Jesi Cook on Thursday, March 25 at 6pm EDT
ABOUT THE CLASS:
Part discussion, lecture, somatic exploration, and experiential provocation, this workshop proposes a possibility of being in presence with and for each other. Questioning dominant narratives that reflect old ways of being in the studio or classroom – particularly in settings, such as postmodern dance, that were created by and for white people – we unpack and question what it means to impart knowledge and create new possibilities of knowing that refuse white supremacist, hierarchical, and heteropatriarchal modes of teaching and learning. Exploring ways in which their presence as brown/Asian/queer people have been simultaneously erased and promoted, Gerald and Paul reflect on how their participation in contemporary/post/modern dance and academia have shifted and adapted over the past fifteen years of friendship and collaboration.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Gerald Casel (he/they) is artistic director of GERALDCASELDANCE. His work complicates questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel is associate professor and Provost of Porter College at UC Santa Cruz. A graduate of The Juilliard School, with an MFA from UW Milwaukee, Casel received a Bessie award for sustained achievement. Not About Race Dance, awarded a National Dance Project grant, will be in residence at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and will premiere at CounterPulse with a forthcoming tour. His work, through Dancing Around Race, a community engagement process that interrogates racial inequity in the Bay Area and beyond, continues to grow.
Paul Singh has been dancing for a long time. He has a degree from a university in dance. He has danced professionally on concert stages for many choreographers in many venues in many countries. He also believes in contact improvisation deeply and so has sought out skill and connection until becoming a good teacher, a better advocate, and a great student again. He invests in the simultaneity of his desire to know and unknow so that he can empathize with every given moment. It’s not easy, but it’s where he wants to be. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, Movement Research, and The Juilliard School. If you’d like to know more, just ask him.