Brownbody CoMotion is a multi-month series of collaborative events which explores issues surrounding race, culture, history and community, inciting individuals to evaluate their relationship to self and their surroundings.
Brownbody exists to present artistic work that combines sound and movement that extends the translation of bounded realities to tell a story with modern dance, figure skating, and theater. Click here for more information about Brownbody.
Brownbody will partner with Urban Bush Women (UBW), based in New York, which brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. They do so from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.
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Please join us for an evening of modern dance, theater, and live music fused with figure skating as Brownbody presents Quiet As It’s Kept and on ice translations of classic works from Urban Bush Women (UBW).
Set to a soundscape created in collaboration with and performed by actress and Twin Cities vocalist, Thomasina Petrus, Quiet As It’s Kept (which premiered in May 2015) captures the complexity and turbulence of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and the rise of Jim Crow “governance” and draws parallels between these time periods and contemporary racial struggles.
In addition, Brownbody is collaborating with legendary New York based dance company, Urban Bush Women to present two on-ice translations of classic UBW works, Give Your Hands To Struggle and Walking With 'Trane. This performance features a cast of professional skaters of color. Because the performance takes place in an ice arena, please dress warmly: Winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots are strongly encouraged.
After each performance, Brownbody will bring the artists and audiences together for post-show discussions, facilitated by Sandra Richardson, trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. These events will help participants reflect on how their contemporary behaviors may be rooted in ideologies from the past.
Thursday, 6/1 at 7:30pm – preview
Friday, 6/2 at 7:30pm – opening Saturday, 6/3 at 2:00pm – Family-friendly performance. This is a shortened performance, suitable for children under seven. Saturday, 6/3 at 7:30pm Sunday, 6/4 at 2:00pm – closing
Three weeks of pay-as-able skating lessons for underserved communities from the Twin Cities area. No experience necessary; adults and youth welcome. Skaters will be evaluated on the first day of class to ensure appropriate class placement. Skaters are strongly encouraged to wear helmets (bike or hockey), mittens and warm attire (snowpants, sweatpants, etc.) Loose layers are best. Complimentary skate rental is available, or bring your own skates. Please note, size availability is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Attendance at all lessons not required.
When: Friday April 28, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Friday May 5, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Friday May 12, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Dance for Every Body – dance class for general public
This movement jam/dance class embraces the ideas that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency. The goal is for "every body" to find their level of challenge and comfort and partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the groups’ diversity as an attribute to their community. This is a movement class designed for the community so no prior dance experience is needed. Participants explore UBW's technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response and polyrhythm. Class size limited, so advance registration recommended.
Urban Bush Women (UBW) Contemporary Technique – dance class for professional dancers
UBW’s contemporary technique class starts with a warm-up that prepares the participants for full-out dancing in the UBW style with close attention to the use of breath, weight, embodied call and response, and polyrhythm. The second half of the class focuses on UBW’s movement style and may include improvisation phrases from repertory and/or vocal work. UBW embraces the idea that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make. The goal is for "every body" to find their level of rigor and comfort. Class size limited, so advance registration recommended. This class is co-presented by Brownbody and TU Dance.
Building Trust Through Process - Leadership workshop
A one-day version of UBW’s nationally recognized training program. Through trust building exercises, you learn to surrender and stay true to what is happening in the moment. We will dive into movement conversations and theatrical play that will require you to actively listen and speak with all of your senses. Structured Dialogue with an emphasis on listening for understanding. This workshop will call participants to bring their thoughts and creativity into action. It is useful in community building and employing art making as a means to tackle challenging conversation. Workshop size limited, so advance registration recommended.
Black, Brown and Native Bodies in Performance – A Conversation
A conversation featuring Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder and Visioning Partner of Urban Bush Women, as well as Deneane Richburg (Brownbody), Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance), Toni Pierce-Sand (TU Dance), Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Dance).
Moderated by Kenna Cottman. Offered in conjunction with The O’Shaughnessy.