WEEK 2// 25.06-30.06
25.06-29.06 // Queer Self Defense or babes' bodies as weaponized healing against the state
With: Eroca Nicols and Summer *Eroca and Summer will alternate teaching days
Participation fee: 7-11 €
EROCA NICOLS'S CLASS
BB WHAT?! Ongoing queer Investigation into martial arts practice centering women and queers. How might martial arts practices be generative for thinking about queer resistance within the dance community and beyond?
When I say weaponize, I mean building our bodies, queer bodies, women's bodies, poc bodies, into physicalized resistance to state domination. A body that can shut down violence being acted upon it is a subversive body, a body generative of narrative beyond victimhood, a weapon of self care against the state. My Friendsei (alternative word for mestre or master that my teacher and I have come up with,) Fernando Rebelo, told me Brazilian jiu-jitsu is “a practice of meeting your death every day.” Bjj practitioners know that anyone on the mat with more skills can kill them. This is heavy but it is also what it is like moving through the world in a queer body, a woman's body or a poc body under white supremacist heteropatriarchy. To come to the mat is to reckon with trauma and mortality, directly, in an embodied way. And this, in my experience, can be terrifying. Many barriers to training for queer and gender non-conforming folks exist. For this reason, the practice and development of queer pedagogy in martial arts and making accessible spaces for this work is a priority. Skills from Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai as well as contemporary dance and strength training will be employed.
SUMMER' S CLASS
Muay thai (transl. 'the art of 8 limbs') is the national sport of Thailand, similar to kickboxing but incorporating the use of knee and elbow strikes as well as traditional kicks and punches. It's super
hardcore and super fun, a process of movement that can be used to many different ends - self defence or competitive sports, as an anti-depressant/all round life booster etc etc. Classes will be around 2hrs long with breaks and no pressure to do all the things.
A class might something look like this!
Warm up and stretch then fundamentals explained (different punches, movement and footwork as well as fun stuff like elbows and knees!), partnered exercises where we can practice those techniques with gloves
and pads. Basics of defending yourself and towards the end of some classes, light sparring exercises for anyone interested as well as conditioning. This will happen at the end so ppl can easily opt out
(have a rest or continue with working on technique for example). At the end we'll warm down/stretch and chat about how the class went. If you have any specific needs or questions email Summer at:
27.06.2018 // TALK TALK: Cross disciplinary conversation on consent
With Eroca Nicols & Guests
Entrance: 3-5€ sliding scale
30.06.2018 //"The other thing" 12hour experience
With: Siegmar Zacharias & comrades
A 12 hour immersive experience from 9pm-9am. More infos upcoming