Myth-making: Using Inherent Queer qualities to Bloom Creativity in the Body with Paul Singh
Sunday, November 7th at 6-7pm EST on Zoom
This one-hour session will be a guide through activating queer sensibilities, qualities, and challenges. We’ll warm up our use of touching, folding, collapsing, shaking, and searching. Then move onto accessing the personal histories in our bodies: multiple movement techniques we each have, improvising through restrictive patterns we want to release, borrowing from each other’s instincts to introduce soft disorientation/confusion. We’ll wrap up with long form open dancing that calls us each to be present as doers and observers. Calling in all the ways pleasure and perspective inform our practice.
My practice as of late is informed most by the writings of Sara Ahmed, adrienne maree brown, and Resmaa Menakem. All names we are familiar with, but how do we physically move with their words and ideas. I am also grateful for Kristen Horrigan, with whom I created (and share) the QDMP: Queer Decentralized Movement Practice.
Paul Singh: BFA in Dance, University of Illinois, USA. He has danced for Gerald Casel, Molissa Fenley, Jane Comfort, Risa Jaroslow, Will Rawls, Phantom Limb Company, Stephanie Batten Bland, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Kathy Westwater, Faye Driscoll, Doug Varone, and was featured in the inaugural cast of Punchdrunk’s American debut of Sleep No More. While abroad, he was a dancer in Peter Sellars’ opera The Indian Queen, as well as for Peter Pleyer’s Visible Undercurrent in Berlin. Paul has had his own work presented at venues throughout NYC, and in 2004 his solo piece Stutter was presented at the Kennedy Center. Paul has taught contact improvisation around the world, and currently teaches varied technique classes for Movement Research, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Juilliard School. In 2021, he began his role as Artistic Associate at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Class is FREE. However, you must register (below) to receive the Zoom link.