taisha paggett. i believe in echoes, 2018. Performance documentation on June 17, 2018 as part of Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Justin Sullivan.

workshop: "the meadow" research studio

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Thursday, October 4, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30PM
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
FREE / RSVP

These events are free but registration is required. Contact Amy Kazymerchyk at akazymer@sfu.ca to register.

taisha paggett, the 2018 School for the Contemporary Arts' Audain Visual Artist in Residence, which is co-presented by SFU Galleries, will be offering a free, accessible series of workshops through September and October. Workshops will include movement, sound and outdoor activity, and are open to students and non-students working in any discipline. No previous dance experience is necessary. Registration is required.

The workshop's title, "the meadow", references a phenomenological and speculative geography in which the space between and overlapping the out-of-doors, the dance studio, the green room, the white cube gallery, and the theatre can be explored as a site of support and respite, reclamation and survival, especially for Black people, queers of colour and allies. Participants will explore exercises and methodologies including breath scores, recorded breath and amplification, floor and gravitational choreography, writing, and ritual action with earth and soil.

The research that emerges through these workshops will contribute to paggett's exhibition i believe in echoes at the Audain Gallery from October 11 to December 8.

paggett is a Los Angeles based dance artist who cultivates independent and collaborative performance works for the stage, gallery and outdoors. Her research and pedagogical engagement focus on the relationship between geography and being, in order to navigate 21st-century Black American life. Her work has been presented at LACE, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. She is faculty in University of California Riverside's Department of Dance, and artistic director of WXPT dance company and the School for the Movement of the Technicolor People.

Her residency and exhibition are supported by Western Front and UBC Okanagan's Department of Creative Studies 2018 Summer Indigenous Art Intensive.

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