Rhizomatica is an in-person residency that seeks to bring together an intimate cohort of Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans artists, activists, healers, herbalists, writers, thinkers, choreographers, and dancers of Culture. This year’s pilot version will take place within the dance studios of the University of the Arts in Pennyslvania.
[Rhizomatica #1: Inhabiting Paradox] is an [in-person], [healing and embodiment], [choreography and performance as ritual] residency program seeking to bring together an intimate cohort of Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans (BIQTPOC) artists, activists, healers, herbalists, writers, thinkers, choreographers, and dancers of Culture (to borrow from Resmaa Menakem’s term) from Turtle Island (U.S.). For this pilot iteration, the initial cohort consists of [5-9] members to ensure we can maintain safe COVID protocols.
The cohort for [Rhizomatica] will be specifically selected to ensure that each member is able to learn something of interest from the other cohort members and opportunities to share one’s practice through teaching, workshops, brainstorm sessions, and other forms will be embedded into the timeline of events.
This pilot iteration will include a series of transmission from invited guest instigators focusing specifically on the following areas: healing ecologies, the erotic as grounding force, death doula work, socially-engaged praxis, and approaches to choreography, ritual, and performance. These transmissions are designed with the intention to complement, challenge, and expand the breadth of knowledge that cohort members already possess.
This timeline will also include ample time for resting, integration, and studio-based research time (alone and together) dedicated to the development of each member’s specific project, idea, or interest that they will be cultivating within the residency or bringing into the residency’s structure from the get go. The residency program will culminate in a celebratory structure that is devised collectively (if a culmination is desired) with the interests of the cohort at the center.
Deadline to apply is January 31.