#OpenLevel L.A.D workshop @TheIlsand #Dancespace this Sunday!
The Bristol phenomenon that is Resident Artist Naomi O'Connor-A Choreographer whose Philospohy is that:‘Africa/Art is wherever I am’ is she is currently completing the MA in Choroegraphy at TrinityLaban. Naomi will lead a hour long workshop in celebration and exploration of a selection of her Cultural Archive or Music and Dance influences developed from Somatic Ritual into Contemporary Dance. Lead a soundtrack of Influential artists including Odetta Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and the Resonators.
At theIsland Dance Space on Sunday the 22nd July 2018 @2-5pm.
All Movement Based Artists are welcome: This is a Free workshop, if you would like to give a donation, it will be passed onto Cardboard Citizens 'Skylight Crisis Centre ' Performing Arts Programme for the Homeless.
I was invited to take part in a co-mentoring programme for Black Cultural Educators by Black Artists on the Move, partnered with Black American Female Educator Joy Jones which formed four Skype conversations over a four month period. I kept a Journal on my lived experience for two weeks of this period. Here it is:
HONESTLY I FEEL.
Day 1: TINGLY
Day 2: Like a warm mush in a continual orgasm
Day 3: In a Bermuda triangle- ‘Outside of Myself’
Day4: Continually Jilted, Tilted on the verge of stalling off my Atlas
Day 5:Like a Flesh wound of new skin that I’m trying to keep clean
Day 6: I can’t’ stand the Smell of
“Vodka soaked Bollox”
Day 7: That I continually clean up others shite from a leaving party I wasn’t invited to before I can conceive of ‘HOME’, move in, find safety or security, or lay foundations.
Day 8: Ahhh…A long sign turn to the right hand,
Head tilts back,
And mouth and Left side.
SLASH! Water on legs
ABC ABC ABC ABY ABS ABX
Day 9: Life’s uncertainty playing out like a healing crisis,
Like a societal rash, I break out – THERE’S A CULUTRAL SHIFT
Day 10: Tingle NRUT
Day 11: Rash- Back!!!StomachAche!!!FLASH.
Day 12: Pick up, put down, repeat this Action for 2-12 hours a day continuously in a figure of 8.
Day 13: Uncluttering, Cleaning dry treading the fine line Opening the possibility for more. Sensitive, Creative, Moving, Emotion, Overfull, Overfill.
Day 14: That Prickly Feeling
Of being Watched from Afar
By Someone Important
Day 15: Relaxed.
Day 16: A Tired, excited, bubbling pressure on my face.
Day 17: ‘Wishing From The Top’.
I'm really looking forward to performing Splice Festival #richmix this Saturday with Kimatica Studio's new show :Transecendence Journey into the Subconscious. Doors open 6.30pm.
'Come celebrate my birthday and see the testing ground of a new piece I've developed At the Bernie Grant Arts centre next Thursday the 5th of April 2018 @7.30pm Entry:£3.50. Six other Artists will also be showing new work:
This piece is called 'An Ode to DJ Derek': DJ Derek was a world renowned reggae Dj who discovered,
(through the Windrush generation of Caribbeans who settled in the UK ) a love of Reggae Music,
and subsequenty spread it throughout the World. Through his love the Reggae Genre played an
extended paternal role to Naomi O'Connor ( LOVEACTIVISTDANCE) and the Intergenerational,
Interacial, Community Worldwide , yet vanished mysteriously last April.
Installation: AAIS interprofessional programme
Dance Production and Performance: Naomi O'Connor LoveActivistDance
Music: Bob Marley and The Wailers : Label:Upsetters: Released Jan 1970
Artwork of framed picture of DJ Derek: STEWY.
Costume Design: Liberty London LTD
Rabat Improvisation @ Hassan Tower 25/12/2017. Wearing my SAN-KO-FI artwork based costume as part of 'Africa Is Wherever I Am' Dance Film Investigation.
Wild Morrocco Improvisation retreat. Very excited to be going to Morocco from the Solstice for a Christmas break and Dance experiment from this Friday until the 16th of Jan. Pictures will follow shortly.
I'm looking forward to the three day One Dance Uk Conference for dance teachers, Choreographers and Health Professionals @trinitylaban 25th,26th and 26th November.
Derek Jarman's Jubilee @Lyric Theatre this coming Feb-I went to see it in Manchester on Saturday, punk-relevant dance-debautchery brought up to date.
San-Ko-Fi, is saying taken from the A’Kan people, native to Ghana, which translates as: ‘To return, and Fetch, Your Seat’ .