Weekend 4 PRACTICES:
José Navarrete + Marvin K. White
BODY*LANGUAGE: Live Dance Creative Writing Workshop
January 26-27, 12:30-5:30pm
BODY*LANGUAGE is a live collaborative practice/experiment for writers to learn to respond to movement and dance, and for dancers and choreographers to respond to writing & text in real-time. Facilitated by Marvin K. White and José Navarrete (with special guest dancers and choreographers).
As culture makers and culture keepers, whose work span many disciplines, José Navarrete and Marvin K. White are creating a “third space” where dancers and writers can come together to discover new written language and new body language to bring into their work. In these times of shrinking resources and shrinking spaces to dream and create, the imperative is to collaborate and innovate new spaces, that are safe from speculators and capitalism. These workshops by design, disrupt notions of performance and writing, by allowing space for participants to “break it down”, to write and dance in real-time, what they are experiencing. We hope the rapid response time of the workshop will allow the writers to remember in more detail, and hold in closer inquiry, what is happening in the dance. The dancers also benefit from hearing the writers respond to their work, and not having to read about the audience response in a review, if ever.
Marvin K. White, MDiv, is currently the Artivist in Residence and part of the Arts Program Team at the Oakland Peace Center. He was the Public Theologian in Residence (’17-’18) at First Church Berkeley and a recent Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Equity” Fellow (’16-’17). He is the author of four collections of poetry: Our Name Be Witness; Status; and the two Lammy-nominated collections last rights and nothin’ ugly fly. He is articulating a vision of social, prophetic and creative justice through his work as a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician.
José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children’s parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. José is the recipient of a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has recently been named a U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow and will be traveling to Tohoku, Japan in 2018. José currently curates and produces the Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative at Eastside Arts Alliance, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland.
January 26-27, 12:30-5:30pm
1 Practices Workshop – $125 | 4 Practices for $450 | 8 for $800 | 12 for $1100 | 13 for $1150
Pricing for 1 Day Weekend Workshops: $65
Photo courtesy of Jose Navarrete / Marvin White by Fox Nakai