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RE/SITE: Dancing in Place, a workshop with d. Sabela grimes

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Virginia Avenue Park

2201 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Movement, displacement, reclaiming: join us for a dance workshop about moving through our space together...

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Dancer and choreographer d. Sabela grimes leads us through collective movement that explores shared space and our physical presence. What does the “body as archive” mean? How can you embody community in your body? We’ll investigate and move through these ideas, but more importantly, we’ll have fun dancing to the beat of live drummers! Everyone is welcome. Generations that dance together, stay together, or something like that. Let’s move!

Whether your goal is to break a sweat, meet your fellow festival-goers or shine in a dance crew, all are welcome to participate in this special workshop, offered as part of both the Belmar History + Art project and the annual Greens Festival at Virginia Avenue Park. The festival is a co-production of Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica Farmers Markets and Pico Branch Library and celebrates Black History, Life, Food and Culture. Enjoy crafts, cooking demos, live music, dancing and more. Please note that parking may be difficult around the park, as the festival begins at 10am - come early and make a day of it!

Check in for the workshop at the Belmar table - look for our historical postcards! Depending on attendance, we may start the workshop indoors or outdoors. Please wear clothes to move in and sun/wind protection.

The Belmar History + Art project is exploring themes of migration and displacement, and working on a new commemoration of African American history in Santa Monica. More info at santamonica.gov/arts/belmar.

Optional: stay after the workshop and show of your dance moves and teach others so we can all dance together! Participants will also be invited to perform a group dance at the grand opening celebration at the new Civic Sports Field, on the site of the former Belmar neighborhood.

Save the date: other events include an Archive Day on 3/14/20 at the Thelma Terry building, where you can bring your family photos, documents and memorabilia to share or document for posterity and, if you desire, include in the Belmar History + Art digital archive.

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d. Sabela grimes, a 2014 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, is a choreographer, writer, composer and educator whose interdisciplinary performance work and pedagogical approach reveal a vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Afro-Diasporic cultural practices. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “the Los Angeles dance world’s best-kept secret” and as “one of a mere handful of artists who make up the vanguard of hip-hop fusion,” Grimes is considered one of the most imaginative and innovative artists in his field.

His AfroFuturistic dance theater projects like World War WhatEver, 40 Acres & A Microchip, BulletProof Deli, and ELECTROGYNOUS, consider invisibilized histories and grapple with constructed notions of masculinity and manhood while conceiving a womynist consciousness. He created and continues to cultivate a movement system called Funkamentals that focuses on the methodical dance training and community building elements evident in Black vernacular and Street dance forms. Previously, Grimes co-authored and performed as a principal dancer in Rennie Harris Puremovement’s award-winning Rome & Jewels. He received a BA in English and MFA in dance and choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs has embarked on Belmar History + Art, a collaborative project to commemorate the history of the African American residents and business owners of the Belmar neighborhood, which was formerly situated in what is now the Civic Center campus. Artist April Banks and project historian Dr. Alison Rose Jefferson have been tasked with developing art and interpretive elements and an educational program centered at the new Civic Center Multipurpose Field, which is set to open in summer 2020.

This workshop is one of several community events hosted by April Banks, who is utilizing public engagement activities and historical research to daylight historical injustices and celebrate the rich legacy of African American contributions to Santa Monica life.

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Reservations are free but space is limited; late entry is not guaranteed.

Getting Here: This workshop takes place at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404, during the annual Greens Festival. The Park is served by local buses and is nearby the 26th Street/Bergamot Expo line stop, visit metro.net or bigbluebus.com for details.

Accessibility: Viginia Avenue Park is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations, please contact us at culture@smgov.net, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

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