Color Block is a space held by and created for people of color* to work, play, and experiment around performance, improvisation and activism, hosted by Joy Mariama Smith and Hana Tefrati. We aim to collectively and collaboratively focus on perseverance, resistance, freedom and healing.
How do we, as movement practitioners, train and strengthen the mind and body for healing in resistance to oppressive structures and systems? How can we strengthen and support each other through a more engaged practice? How can we utilize personal narratives to celebrate our differences, to resist isolation, and to build community? We will move, make, reflect, rest, heal, discuss, break-bread, question and explore.
* Defined as those who have the following descent (through one or more parents) — African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latinx, Indigenous peoples of Australasia, the Americas, the Caribbean, Indian Pacific, Sami, Roma, Sinti and Travellers. We explicitly welcome and invite mixed-race people. We recognize that the experience of racism, colorism and anti-black discrimination can vary depending on context and culture, for this reason this is a working definition of 'people of color' with the aim to be the most inclusive. Talk to us about it. We are using 'people of color' is as a political term, and as a term that allows for a more complex set of identities for the individual, and one that is in constant flux.
Color Block at Ponderosa
2018 is the third year that Color Block will be occurring at Ponderosa. Both the inaugural 2016 edition and the following 2017 edition were documented by videographer Chani Bockwinkel, and the two videos that resulted give some impressions of what Color Block involves, and what it feels like.
To participate in Color Block, participants are required to undertake two steps. Firstly, they must fill out an application form that is submitted to the two facilitators. If participation is confirmed, they must then secondly register for the workshop through Ponderosa’s standard sign-up process.