|from left to right: Arthur Aviles Jumatatu Poe, Nadine Martinez, |
Stephanie Peña, Maria Meli, Marsi Burns
Great weekend branch dancing in the boogie down Bronx with the extraordinary Arthur Aviles, along with Marsi Burns, Maria Meli, Dorrell Clark, Kharis Collins, Nadine Martinez, Stephanie Peña, Niko Rodriguez, Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo, and Glitch Rivera, & DeShawn White. Katie Jasmin, and Jumatatu Poe were my assistants.
|From Lto R: DeShawn White, Maria Meli, Stephanie Peña|
Arthur Aviles, Katie Jasmin
Teaching a group of Bronx-based choreographers the branch dance performance practice over the course of three weekends is a wonderful opportunity to share the work and try out the practice in an urban setting. Aviva Davidson of Dancing in the Streets has brought together a powerful collaboration.
BAAD Bronx is hosting the workshop. It’s a perfect site; its new home is on the grounds of St Peter’s Episcopal Church on Westchester Square. We can warm-up inside and then branch dance among the trees on the grounds or step out onto the street.
|Marsi Burns and Nadine Martinez|
|Glitch Rivera & Jumatu Poe|
It’s a lot! Yet my experience is that this is often the best way to learn. We form new neural pathways through intensive repetition and immersion. I call this performance practice because ideally there is no difference between practicing and performing. Having the participants teach/explain the practice to passersby at the fair or in the workshop for seniors will also accelerate the learning, the owning of the practice for themselves. Experience equals knowledge.
The intergenerational group is wonderful; everybody is respectful and open to the practice. We practice various techniques to tune into our bodies.
|Dorrell Clark & Arthur Aviles|
|Kharis Collins & Glitch Rivera|
|DeShawn White & Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo|
|Stephanie Peña & Jumatatu Poe|
|Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo|
Building trust. Caring for ourselves and others. Gratitude.