We’re currently in residence at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, teaching a weeklong intensive titled performance as protest/protest as performance to undergraduates at the Academy of Theater & Dance, and preparing to remount our solo performance piece Dancer As Insurgent tomorrow evening for the HALf6 series. Wish us luck!
When we return home, we will hit the ground running with Poetry Writing and Gender, Sex & Sexuality 101 workshops for first-year students at the Pritzker School of Medicine on September 10th. The following weekend we will be facilitating the Convening on Disrupting Police Gang Labeling, a gathering of orgs from across the U.S. in Chicago. The retreat, September 12th-13th, will focus on network building, evaluating local and national campaigns resisting police surveillance in Black, Brown, and undocumented communities, and planning future action steps. It’s an honor to offer our services to this crucial convening.
Back in Pride Month we sat down with our friends from SoapBox Productions to participate in their podcast Bourbon ‘n BrownTown. We talked Paris Is Burning, POSE, and the role of media in documenting, informing, and empowering the struggles of the oppressed. Soapbox PO has provided crucial grassroots media for multiple movements here in Chicago, and we appreciate the opportunity to support their work. Listen here!
Come next year our prices will likely be going up—especially for retreat facilitation and daylong/weeklong intensives. As ever, we prioritize community-based and grassroots organizations and collectives, and will negotiate to make sure our services remain accessible, but are also shifting to make our schedule less congested, and our new rent more affordable. You can help us out by respecting our minimum prices, and scheduling us at least a month in advance to offer workshops/events to your organization.
Thank you for your support and understanding!
This month marks our five year anniversary facilitating for Chicago Desi Youth Rising’s summer leadership retreat! As such, on August 10th we will be teaching not one but three consecutive workshops for the South Asian youth organization: Intro to Prison Abolition, Linking Anti-Blackness & Anti-Immigration, and Intro to Neoliberalism. Phew! Our relationship with CDYR is one of our longest and most cherished in Chicago. We love this collective, and can’t wait to celebrate and throw down together!
We’re closing out our summer with Engage Chicago students with site visits to Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Organized Communities Against Deportations. It’s been enjoyable to acquaint undergraduates with the ethic of abolitionist organizing, and exciting to watch them make their own connections with Chicago’s phenomenal youth organizers.
We’re moving this month, and our rent is about to go up. Our Patreon page is still live, so if you haven’t already, please consider becoming a monthly donor there. This would be especially helpful for covering our upcoming moving costs and higher rent. Thank you so much to those who are already patrons!
Finally, we’re excited to share that September 2nd-6th we will be an artist-in-residence with the Academy of Theater & Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts! While there we’ll be teaching a weeklong intensive to undergraduates from multiple disciplines entitled performance as protest/protest as performance, and will also remount our solo performance piece Dancer As Insurgent.
The next time we write to you, it will be from Amsterdam!
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!
If you’re looking for a way to give back for the holidays, we’d so appreciate you becoming a patron through our Patreon page, or sharing the page with others in your life, and helping us reach our goal of $200/month!
We’ll see you all in 2019!