Embodying the Present Moment with Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

October 24-27, MCC Theater and Lounge

*October 24: Tuesday Evening, Bridgforth will give a reading and lecture entitles “Dat Black Mermaid Man / Healing and Transformation through Art hosted by the MCC, MCC Theater, 7-9pm

October 26: Thursday Evening, Reception and Introductions, MCC Lounge, 7-9pm — Participation by Invitation

October 27: Friday, Workshop and Performance, MCC Lounge

Performance Workshop 9:30-3:00 pm  — Participation By Invitation

3:30-5 Open Practice and Discussion — Open to the Public

Master class facilitators, Sharon Bridgforth and Omi Osun Joni Jones, believe in the power of the body
to say what words do not, and the power of words to guide us to our most courageous selves. For them,
our stories and our bodies reveal our deepest humanity, power, and joy.

Using the principles of theatrical jazz—being present, improvisation, solo virtuosity, ensemble-building—
Jones and Bridgforth 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.

“Singing to Keep from Talking” with Cherrie Moraga and Celia Rodriguez

On October 16, 2017, at 4pm in the McCune Room (HSSB 6020)

Presentations by Cherríe Moraga and Celia Rodríguez on the unspoken, the knowing that is found in censorship, taboo, silence; the radical revelations  (consciencia) born from the body’s capture and release; how art practice (theater, creative writings, visual work) is a freedom road to that knowledge; strong enough to be unforgettable; strong enough to remember what went wrong in the first place.

The presentations will involve the audience’s engagement.

All are welcome!

Co-sponsored by Literature and Mind, American Cultures & Global Contexts Center, Hemispheric South/s, and Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics.