In 2018, we led political education workshops for 14 different organizations, published 6 articles, facilitated 3 retreats for 2 collectives, completed 2 residencies, and premiered an excerpt of our new performance piece, World After This One. We hope to continue all of these efforts into the new year!
We are once again reaching a pausing point with our faves at Assata’s Daughters, as the Azubike fall session wraps up at the end of this month. We cannot express how much the youth leaders in this program have grown in their facilitation skills, and how often this fall they have taken our breath away with their insights, passion, and commitment to becoming stronger community advocates. We love them so much, and can’t wait to see what 2019 brings as they step more fully into their facilitator roles inside of AD!
We’re excited to share that the script of our performance piece Dancer As Insurgent will be published for the first time in the forthcoming bilingual anthology Elements of Vogue, an accompaniment to the exhibit by the same name, which premiered last fall at CA2M in Madrid. We remain proud to be a part of this evolving project, celebrating radical histories of resistance inside the ballroom scene, and grateful to the staff at CA2M for allowing us to share our work. More info about this publication will be available in the coming year!
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We’ll see you all in 2019!
We’re linking up with About Face Theater‘s queer youth theater ensemble on November 10th. We’ll be leading a brief Power & Privilege workshop coupled with a Queer & Trans Resistance to Policing workshop, focusing on queer history in the city of Chicago, as youth prepare to draft their own original play in celebration of AFT’s 20th anniversary this coming summer. We wish them luck!
We want to give a special love and appreciation shoutout to participants in our Vogue and the Prison Industrial Complex workshop for the ARTivism series at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center last month. During a painful week of anti-trans violence, we were floored by students’ commitment to trans liberation, and the connections they made between voguing and body positivity, free and accessible arts practices, and bail/bond abolition. It was a joyful and healing space we needed, and we hope it was for staff and students as well.
We’re taking the remainder of the year to rest and wrap up our current commitments, and so will not be taking on any new projects for the rest of 2018. Please feel free to hit us up if you would like to book us for workshops and projects in the coming year.
October is a month of returns.
We’re back in Chicago after presenting our in-progress work World After This One at BRIC House in Brooklyn last week. We got lots of feedback that we’ll be taking to heart as the piece continues to grow and shift. Thank you to all the staff at BRIC, NIC Kay, Mary Mattingly, House Lives Matter, and everyone who came out and supported the event!
After a little time off, we’re returning this month to Assata’s Daughters for the kickoff of their fall programing, continuing to support teens from the Azubike cohort as they work towards becoming independent facilitators. AD is one of our political homes in Chicago, and we’re looking forward to being back!
We’ll also be returning to facilitate Love & Protect‘s semiannual retreat, and leading an Intro to Voguing workshop on October 24th at our alma mater UIC, for the Latino Cultural Center’s ARTivism series.
Stay posted for other performances and workshops as the fall continues!