Feminist Dance: What is it? What can it be? (A participatory screening)
A Fringe event for THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2014 Festival

Tuesday June 17th, 7:30pm
at the Underground Yoga Parlour for Self Knowledge & Social Justice
3209 Peralta Street (between Hollis & 32nd), Oakland CA

SALTA collective is hosting a participatory screening and conversation around questions of feminism and dance. We are interested in thinking expansively about what it means for dance to be “feminist,” and to explore feminism in the plural, marked by intersectional identities, ideological differences, and necessary antagonisms and affinities. Attendees are invited to show a video (5 minutes or less) and/or offer thoughts/questions/activities on connections between performance and feminist politics. Come prepared or unprepared, come with questions or proposals, eat snacks, talk to people, get excited, get serious.

We have yet to attend any dance events or series that are curated around feminist politics, and we are interested in thinking expansively about what it means for dance to be “feminist.” We will set up a projector and all attendees are invited to show a video and/or prepare a few thoughts on what connection they see between the performance and feminist politics.

We invite work that engages with any or all of the following questions or view-points: strategies used by choreographers to challenge or deflect the male gaze, work that explores feminist representations of sex and sexuality, work that engages thematically with issues of reproductive and domestic labor, pieces that stage how the conditions of making and producing dance are shaped by gender, situations which stage the tensions between white feminism and feminisms of color, situations which stage the tensions between cis-centric-feminism and transfeminism, situations which stage the tensions between liberal and anti-capitalist feminist politics, work that illuminates the possibilities and fissures within feminist forms of solidarity, and work that smashes, slashes, or explodes the patriarchy.
We are hoping for a lively, exciting, and vital evening to think expansively about a feminist horizon for making and performing dance. We would like to encourage the screening of dance created by woman-born or woman-identified choreographers.

Tickets are free. Get 'em HERE.

Feminist Dance Screening