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Workshop | Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste: How To Do A Repetition / How To Fail

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46 Washington Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

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In this workshop, artist, composer, and performer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste explores the relationships between repetition and failure within various collective aesthetic and cultural practices. Looking towards simple ballet, sports, techno, and construction, Toussaint-Baptiste urges a re-positioning of repetition away from both its capitalistic renderings as well its cathartic associations; considering repetition as a conscious cycle of attempts and failures through which value is created and accrued in doing and doing again. These focused and repeated failures - the locked groove, a bouncing a basketball, the act of building a box, or doing a simple-yet-endless dance, allows one to avoid projected ideals, while allowing for the cultivation of a nuanced solo practice which might exist as a part of a collectivist one.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a New York-Based artist, composer, and performer considering notions of errant relations which thrive across subjectivities. Toussaint-Baptiste was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room and received a Bessie Award in 2018 for Outstanding Music Composition and Sound Design. He has presented visual and performance work at MoMA PS1; Performance Space New York; The Brooklyn Museum; The Kitchen; Issue Project Room; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; FringeArts, Philadelphia; Tanz Im August at Hau3, Berlin; Stoa Cultural Center, Helsinki among others. Toussaint-Baptiste is a founding member of the performance collective Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and visual artists including Will Rawls, Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and André M. Zachery. Toussaint-Baptiste lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program.

No background in dance is required to participate in this workshop and all types of bodies are welcomed. This program is free and is presented as part of Camilo Godoy: Out of Control at Recess.


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