We would like to invite and welcome you to the UC Consortium for Black Studies' and the Hemispheric South/s' event Embodying the Present Moment: Theatrical Jazz Performance in Community, Connection and Leadership. This event will take place October 26-27 in the UCSB MultiCultural Center (MCC) Lounge.
Throughout these two days we will have a performance workshop and methodologies training event that brings together student and staff leaders, faculty, community artists, and community activists who work toward social justice in their own social and political spheres. Master class facilitators, Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, use the principles of theatrical jazz--being present, improvisation, solo virtuosity, and ensemble-building-- to guide participants through a series of practices designed to strengthen authenticity and selfhood. Through movement, truth-telling, and collaboration, this workshop explores the themes of vulnerability, life challenges, embodied stories, family history, and intention. This program positions black queer performance epistemologies as means of accomplishing cooperative public humanities. The workshop seeks to bridge different knowledge, arts, and activist communities in a university setting to support the work of diverse organizations.
While space for the reception and performance workshop is limited and by invitation only, we hope that you will join us for the open practice on Friday, October 27, at 3:30pm in the MCC Lounge to be a part of this collaborative performance event.
Please also see Sharon Bridgforth's lecture and reading "Dat Black Mermaid/Healing & Transformation Through Art" for the MCC on Tuesday, October 24, from 7-9 pm in the MCC Theater.
We hope you will join us and share with your students! You can find more information about the event along with links to works by Bridgforth and Jones on the Hemispheric South/s website.