workshop – DADA IS BLACK, DUH!

Classes in Afro-diasporic applied knowledges

Dada is black, duh! Classes in Afro-diasporic applied knowledges by Niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa


13 October 2 – 5 pm class 1: Body work based on Free’M Technique and Consent Improv 5 – 8 pm class 2: Critical movement and dance history

20 October 11 am - 2 pm class 3: Body work 2 – 5 pm class 4: Critical movement and dance history

3 November 2 – 5 pm class 5: Critical movement and dance history 5 – 8 pm class 6: Body work

The workshops are for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and Migrant People of Colour. The number of participants is limited to 30. Participation for all the 6 sessions would be ideal. Fee: 60 € for the 6 sessions, 5 - 25 € for single sessions (based on what you can afford). We can offer 5 free places for people in need. All workshop times contain breaks. Food and drinks will be provided based on donation.

Please register until for days prior to the sessions at Registrations for the first session are open until Friday, 11 October.

Join us for a critical reading of dada retracing its Black & Afro-diasporic influences, intersections and insurrections. What ignited some social and artistic movements between 1918-1926, beyond the extensively documented white-European contribution? Who are the forgotten voices, faces and bodies of such a relevant period for dance and movement? Using embodied methodologies, niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa will unpack various aspects of interwar Black insurrection, and formulate why this rich cultural material goes widely unacknowledged in the European canons of movement and dance history.

Free’M Technique is a somatic practice aimed at educators, activists, artists and community builders who are interested in deepening their relationship to their core and centering pleasure in their practice. Based on Afro-diasporic applied knowledges, we will use playfulness and consent as tools to negotiate reparations. A deep core awakening practice based in afro-somatic pleasurable methodologies, the workshop centers the experiences of those who are existing/thriving in the margins.

Consent Improv is improvisation using consensual methodologies. These classes will be accompanied by live musical accompaniment. The idea that everyone is equal in a contact improv jam is a myth. This space offers the opportunity to work with a hands on/body centered tasks of spacial redistribution.

niv Acosta is a multi-media artist & activist from New York City. Being transgender, queer, and black-dominican has inspired his community based work. niv’s written work is featured in Performance Journal, VICE, Brooklyn Magazine, Apogee Journal, BOMB Magazine. niv’s performance works have debuted at Matadero Madrid, Tate Modern, Tanz Im August & Kunst-Werke Institut, MOMA PS1 and others. niv has collaborated with Alicia Keys, Dr. Fannie Sosa, BEARCAT, Lyle Ashton-Harris & Ralph Lemon.

Fannie Sosa is an internationally applauded Afro latinx interdisciplinary artist, scholar and activist. Sosa’s work focuses in developing pleasurable methodologies using vibrational & sonic therapy, movement practices to liberate the core and transformational social justice centered publications. Sosa’s current artistic projects include Black Power Naps, Pleasure is Power, Consent Improvisation and Platonic Play Parties. Through her social justice work, Sosa provides professional development trainings and consultancy.

Dada is black, duh! opens a collaborative and performative space that will appear under different titles across the months of October and November 2018 at School Without Center / District and Archive Kabinett. Dada is black, duh! Mad Vibrations Dancing the Digital Ornament * Choreographic Unrest offer collective forms to undo Dadaism and other white Eurocentric avant-garde narratives. The gatherings, workshops, performances, rituals, broadcasts and editing room connect so-called modern aesthetic techniques with their ignored origins and influences.

A collaboration between aproduction e.V., Archive Kabinett, School Without Center/District, the Institut for Contemporary Art Research/ZHdK and Arthur Boskamp Foundation initiated by Joerg Franzbecker, Suza Husse and Yvonne Wilhem/knowbotiq and funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.