Pleasure in the Black Body Workshop

Please note: This workshop is open only to students who identify as Black women, femmes, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration required.

Pleasure in the Black Body is a movement-based workshop that centers on moving from a place of pleasure and joy, and releasing all that does not serve us. Drawing on Audre Lorde’s “The Uses of the Erotic”, this space is the process of finding liberated movement and defying forces that oppress Black folks. We will look at desires, pleasures, and the fears that prevent us from indulging. We manifest tools for releasing our fears, and embody our pleasures unapologetically, by inviting them to live in and on our bodies.  Participants will be led in a movement and writing based practice, alongside self-research practices as a basis for movement composition and choreography. No dance experience required, all bodies are moving and dancing bodies, and we will create movement that serves us in sanctifying our bodies. Bring a journal, a pen, and some water. This space actively welcomes Queer, Trans, gender-defying, disabled, and migrant folks.

Co-sponsored by the Williams Burlesque Club.