What Does This Body Make?


With Shannon Stewart

Wednesday 12 September – Thursday 13 September


Part of a 2-day workshop package £70 / £60 Early bird before 15 August

Register for this class along with Permission to Dance and the Talks Series with Dr. Arabella Stanger, Rory Pilgrim and Christopher Matthews.


How do we conceive of self and body? What scripts are at work?  What role does our perception play?

How does gender and identity perform itself at the perceptual level? How do these things implicate “other” and design the ways we relate to ourselves, each other and environment? What tools for transformation are available to disrupt patterns and make new ones?

During this class we will use our individual and group body to make and unmake ourselves. Working with disorientation, quick shifts of attention, endurance and group dynamics, we will move away from language and towards embodied comprehension. We will push to the edges but also question “edge” as a boundary or distinction between ourselves, others and the space we occupy.  We volley between performer and witness. Is it a spiritual transformation? Is it subtle drag performance? Is it quietly radical?

In WDTBM, we use somatic exercises adapted to engage questions about how we construct our bodies and how they are constructed. Proposals are seeded from queer, feminist, and critical race theory that exemplify and disrupt the way identity is embodied.  This work is supported through reading and discussion and through composing and decomposing performances.

Also part of this 2 day workshop:
Permission to Dance – Queernique, with Shannon Stewart
Talk Series with Dr. Arabella Stanger, Rory Pilgrim, and Christopher Matthews

About Shannon Stewart:

Shannon Stewart is a choreographic artist who splits her time between New Orleans and Europe. Her company Screaming Traps explores the intersection of dance practices, embodied identities and social choreographies. For Shannon, the body’s participation in everyday life, social systems, and how we know ourselves is an opportunity for choreographic research.  Simultaneously, the practice of dance rituals is a potential for un-training, retraining, making and unmaking. She’s proposed an open source method called Body Based Theory Practice and presented this research in dance symposiums in the US and Europe. Her work has been presented in theatres, bars, parades, river banks, living rooms, film screens and galleries, and reluctantly but often on the internet.


Register for this workshop along with Permission to Dance and the Talks Series with Dr. Arabella Stanger, Rory Pilgrim and Christopher Matthews.


Photo: Sarrah Danzinger