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Voguing 101 Workshop

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BRIC

647 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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How can complex histories be told through collectively transforming objects in order to imagine other ways of working in the world? A group of performance artists were invited to redesign a U.S. military cargo truck into a platform for performance, in collaboration with artist Mary Mattingly's exhibition What Happens After, at BRIC House. Performances will be staged on this vehicle. (Please note: if you'd like to participate in the performance part of this event, sign up ahead of time by emailing us here.)

The Voguing 101 Workshop introduces the street dance style of vogue to participants at all levels of dance experience, grounding the form as a tool for resistance and queer liberation. Participants will learn a brief history of the dance form, then practice mixing its elements with the motions from their daily lives, transforming their own movement into an improvised phrase of vogue. Participants will come away from this workshop with a working knowledge of the roots of voguing, and an understanding of physical movement as a form of both personal empowerment and a vehicle for collective resistance. This movement workshop is wheelchair accessible.

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Benji Hart is a Black, queer, femme artist and educator from Amherst, MA, currently living in Chicago. They have taught voguing to trans and queer youth at Black & Pink’s National Convening, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Broadway Youth Center. Their original solo piece Dancer As Insurgent—which explores vogue as a form of radical resistance—has been performed for the Elements of Vogue exhibit opening at CA2M, INCITE!‘s conference Color of Violence 4, and the Jane Addams Hull House. They are the recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency, Chicago Women and Femmes to Celebrate, and the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts.

House Lives Matter Convening is the only public education forum in NYC that focuses on the House Ballroom Community (HBC). The disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS, as well as other intersectional economically rooted issues that impact the HBC makes it a vital time to address the health inequities and disparities that face our community. Mobilizing those around the country and world through a Human Rights and Social Justice lens provides larger opportunities to unify around an advocacy agenda that by region can assist HBC members with doing work in their local areas.

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