This year, Color Block will be returning to Ponderosa for its third annual iteration. This unique event creates a space held by and for people of color — to work and play and experiment around ideas of performance, improvisation, and activism. Color Block invites you to move and dance, to discuss and examine, to explore possibilities. Joy Mariama Smith and Hana Tefrati will be proposing strategies for resistance, and support, and practice, and healing.
And this year, in the run-up to the start of Color Block, there will be two further events — the Freedom|Moves Symposium (hosted by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Jaamil Kosoko, and Jennifer Polins, with Joy Mariama Smith and special guests), and the Freedom to Move Caucus, hosted by Joy Mariama Smith. All three events are happening from 15. to 29. June. (15.–17. Jun: Freedom|Moves Symposium; 18.–22. Jun: Freedom to Move Caucus; 24.–29. Jun: Color Block).
The video that Chani Bockwinkel created, last year, gives a sense of the 2017 Color Block event at Ponderosa — it hopefully gives a taste of what can await you in 2018.
Before Color Block, the Freedom|Moves Symposium will be a weekend of movement, discussion, and collaboration, exploring the possibilities of the idea of freedom — the elusive freedom of dancing, the implications of freedom as it applies to black, queer, mixed, trans, visible, invisible, cis-, bi mutabilities, and beyond. Take a look at more here.
The Freedom to Move Caucus is a five-day event comprising talks, happenings, performances, screenings, experiments, workshops, and food, hosted by Ponderosa, and curated by Joy Mariama Smith, with guest mediators Jen Polins and Kathleen Hermesdorf. It presents opportunities to engage with this theme, and how it relates to various disciplines such as improvisation, porn, ritual, storytelling, intersectional feminism, self-defense, and beyond. Read more about it all right here.
All three of these upcoming events are bound to dig deep, to ask incisive questions, to allow new possibilities. Now is the time to start planning to participate — the early-bird rates are available until May 11., and the events will be filling up quick. Let us know if you have any questions, and hopefully see you here in June!
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