Full-Bodied Expression as Public Health: A Focus on Hip Magic

Pitch Presentation

Full-Bodied Expression as Public Health: A Focus on Hip Magic
organized by Anise S. Hines Theus + Naomi Mack

Meeting Dates: TBD by group following sign-ups

Location: Online via Zoom

We will be exploring one of the most oppressed & abused parts of the body: the hips. This area, often connected to the feminine spirit, is where creative energy is generated and supported, yet is simultaneously deeply neglected across genders. Uncovering & reclaiming the power of the sacral chakra in a holistic way through herbs, dance, and other tools to ignite full bodied expression. As black women, we have learned that shaming any part of ourselves works in direct opposition to the liberation we deeply desire. We are excited to explore different ways of freeing up space in the body and releasing stagnant energy with you all.

This assembly is a fuck u…

  • to internalized racial and patriarchal oppression that teaches us that moving hips are merely sexual and should be reserved for child rearing and the enjoyment of the male gaze only…
  • and to institutions and dance academia that delegitimize dance that centers the hips as an art form.

This is an unlearning, this is truth telling, and this is all about liberation and public health.

This will be a discussion based ASSEMBLY with guest offerings. Along with the research found, Assembly members will be encouraged to collaborate and share a short piece that reflects their personal history with their hips. Together we will develop a daily base routine/ritual to activate & check back in with our bodies.

Anise S. Hines Theus loves to move. Move spirits, her body, & inspire freedom through moving. Her work centers establishing intimacy with oneself & amongst groups gathering. She choreographs for theater & film projects and weddings. She finds joy in teaching movement in community settings and in private lessons. As a current collective resident at NAVEL she is building her project Dis-place: Home through workshops and media pieces. Displace: Home explores the way folks re-claim elements of their culture that have been erased through colonial displacement & the wisdom in re-finding home within.
IG: @sapeach
Website: https://ashines.wixsite.com/mywork

Naomi Mack is a performance artist, pleasure activist + self proclaimed holistic healer in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in athletics and very physical theatre launched her study of the body and interest in wellness as a whole. She’s excited to explore with all of the ASSEMBLY attendees just how healing movement can be and how important full body alignment is when it comes to authentic expression.
IG: @naomi.mack
Website: https://linktr.ee/NaomiMack

Get in touch: BareRootUS@gmail.com

Image credit: BareRoot photo by @joshcleve_media

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