24
Jun

Dance as pleasure activism: Visioning environmental regeneration through the body, with Camille Barton

How do we build a world in which humans live harmoniously with all beings in the web of life? How do we take the steps necessary to transition from an economy based on extraction and fossil fuels to one based on care and regeneration? These questions are complex and call for a diversity of means to achieve pathways towards solutions. In order to create new possibilities in our world, we need to expand the boundaries of what is currently possible in our imaginations. It is essential to cultivate hope by processing our grief and the things that can block our potential to imagine more beautiful futures. Afrofuturism, somatics and pleasure activism are tools that can be used to support this work of imagining new possibilities in alignment with our deepest desires.

This session began with some group exercises and somatic self regulation, then transitioned into a free movement exercise based on following pleasure in the body, in order to feel into our visions for the future. This work is inspired by the work of Afrofutusists, namely Adrienne Maree Brown and Octavia Butler.

When: Wednesday 24th June at 5pm London time (BST) || 6pm Berlin time (CET)

This event was developed for GEN Members and GESA 2021 Shortlisted Candidates.

This interactive workshop is part of the GEN In Conversation Series, a four-month online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious mind. From June through to September 2020, we are bringing together activists, academics, community practitioners, artists, writers, dancers and researchers to share their insights and lived experiences from Regenerative Justice, land rights and colonisation; to Food Sovereignty, Agroecology, Alternative Economics and the Conservation Revolution: with much more in between!

Read more about the GEN In Conversation Series here.

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