Moving the Transgressive Body: Workshop with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Department of Dance

Moving the Transgressive Body
Workshop with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Ni'Ja Whitson, assistant professor

May 3, 2018
Thursday, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Dance Faculty Studio, ATHD 159
Free and open to the campus 
For those
of us
who were
imprinted with fear
like a
faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to
be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this
illusion of some safety to be found
heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of
instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.
– Audre Lorde, A Litany For Survival
How do we as movement practitioners train and strengthen the mind and body to resist oppressive structures and systems? How might tools of self care, personal meditation, and psychic choreographic systems support and prepare us for site based and/or theatrical radical performance making? How does the teaching of theory promote new systems for intellectual simulation and understanding?

Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live performance actions. Students will conduct research, view and critique live performance and create cosmologies of their creative influencers. Open to all students interested in exploring their previously uncharted performative potential.
Participants are encouraged to bring:
• questions about their own work and practice that they are willing to unfold and share within a group environment.
• radical costumes that disguise their bodies.
• one or more personal items they feel comfortable sharing and working with in public space.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2017 Jerome Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, a 2015 American Express Leadership Fellow, a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a graduate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University where he received his Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies.
Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others.Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), the Movement Research Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture internationally. His performance work Séancers is currently touring throughout Europe and the United States.

Information: (951) 827-3245



Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Athletics & Dance Building, Dance Faculty Studio, ATHD 159
Athletics & Dance Building, Riverside, CA 92521

Event Type

Arts, Dance, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Transfer Students


Free and open to the campus

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