Viewpoints and Pleasure Activism: A Physical Dialogue with Audre Lorde’s “The Erotic as Power” and Mary Overlie’s Original Anarchist
Saturdays in July and August; dates tba
With: Estella Garcia, Elizabeth Colón Nelson, and Sophia Treanor
“the feminine, the horizontal, the YES of liberatory pleasure”
This is a space for research. This is a space for liberation. This a space for women and those outside the binary to center intuition, rhythms of yearning and satisfaction, and sense of ancestral memory. This is the space where a dialogue between adrienne maree brown’s “Pleasure Activism” and Mary Overlie’s “The 6 Viewpoints” happens in our body.
This is an opportunity to embarace the practices of the Original Anarchist and of Audre Lorde’s “The Erotic as Power”.
This workshop will work through practices of the 6 Viewpoints focusing on the original anarchist while discovering and exploring power in the full somatic yes. As a collective and as individuals, we will observe the natural elements as our guide in deconstructing dominant narratives. We will seek to find new pathways towards decolonizing our imaginations and the movements of our body. We will lean on somatic practice of deep listening to the unheard (or unamplified) voice within as we support the new story that will arise from the collective.
In this time we will expand into physical, vocal, and other artistic practices that encourage a right relationship with our environment and our bodies. We welcome you into this investigation with us.
**This workshop is only for those who identify as women, femmes, and or those outside of the binary.
*** We have reached out directly to adrienne maree brown’s team and have received approval to incorporate Pleasure Activism into our workshop. 10% of the proceeds will be donated back to Emergent Strategy Learning Institute.
Fee: Sliding Scale, $175-300
Scholarships available for Black Indigenous and Womxn in the Global Majority (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is an actress, director, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, and teacher. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theatre and was a pupil of the late Mary Overlie, Viewpoints originator. She presently continues Six Viewpoints practice and research. In addition to being Movement faculty at CalArts, Garcia is faculty at South Coast Repertory and a resident teaching artist for Center Theatre Group.
Sophia Treanor is a director, performer, and educator. She worked with Mary Overlie as a student, assistant, and dancer throughout the United States, Europe, and China from 2011 until Overlie’s death in June of 2020. Sophia was Overlie’s improvisation and research partner in performance and practice, and had the honor of performing Overlie’s choreography as a soloist. Sophia’s live performance work has been seen in private and public spaces, theaters, and galleries across New York City, including the Living Theater, the Center for Performance Research, CAVE, the Glasshouse, Triskelion Arts, and Dixon Place. Sophia teaches at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and co-curates the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theater. She is currently co-directing a documentary in production about Mary Overlie (www.overliefilm.com) and is a founder of the Mary Overlie Legacy Project (https://sixviewpoints.com). In her work, Sophia yearns to listen to and illuminate the infinite exchange between environment, perception, and consciousness.
Elizabeth Colón Nelson is the daughter of Carmen Gloria and granddaughter of Ana Rosa. She is a clown, a teacher, a writer, a gatherer, a mother. Born in Atlanta and raised Puerto Rican, her life, art and teaching are a reflection of that lived experience: a loud hot messy evolving mezcla. Elizabeth is faculty chair at Dell’Arte International where she received an MFA in ensemble based physical theater. She was most recently seen performing in Spiegelworld’s ABSINTHE at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Elizabeth is the visionary and co-founder of Womxn of Color Arts Festival, in Las Vegas. Her newest project, Seat at the Table, unites poetry, performance art, and conversations of identity, colonization and globalization through Puerto Rican cuisine.