EnQueery Within is a weekend of contact improvisation creating space for FLT*I* communities. It is hosted by Diana Thielen and Kata Kovács, and also features the workshop Embodied Social Justice, facilitated by Camille Barton. EnQueery Within takes place at Ponderosa, on the weekend of May 15.–17., 2020.
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This weekend aims to center women, femmes, transgender and intersex folks, butches, dykes and bi’s to create a queer, feminist safer space. We invite participation from both beginners and folks of all dance and movement backgrounds. Bring your body and your groove and we’ll together add more possibilities for improvisation.
Let’s explore intimacy, trust, the space around us, and our movements, together. With our diverse bodies, we’ll share weight, touch, contact, movement, and dances, and pave the way for healing from heteronormativity and gender normativity — in the dance and movement world, and beyond.
* FrauenLesbenTrans*Inter* (WomenDykesTransIntersex)
The time during EnQueery Within will be split between the facilitators. Camille Barton will offer the Embodied Social Justice workshop on Friday and Saturday morning. Kata Kovács and Diana Thielen will offer contact improvisation classes, and facilitate contact jams.
There will also be place for individual needs and desires, time for dance and research, rest and walks. The Living Library will be also available for us. If you might have any questions about the specifics, please let us know.
We invite participants in EnQueery Within to join us from Thursday evening onwards.
Registrations for EnQueery Within are open now! Application details are outlined below.
EnQueery Within has some differences with many of the other events and workshops that take place at Ponderosa. So, in addition to the practical details that are outlined in the frequently-asked questions and elsewhere on this site, there are also a few specific points about EnQueery Within that we would like to outline here.
Über diese Wochenende
Diese Wochenende ist ausschließlich für Frauen*, Lesben, Trans*- und Inter*-Personen, um gemeinsam einen möglichst geschützten Raum zu schaffen: Es wird viel Zeit zum gemeinsamen tanzen und jamen geben, Angebote von Klassen/Warm-ups werden die Grundlagen von CI vermitteln, auffrischen und vertiefen und zudem ist jede Person eingeladen die Zeit mitzugestalten.
Mit diesem Retreat möchten wir zum Erleben unterschiedlicher Körperlichkeiten, Bedürfnisse, Fragen um Zustimmung und Grenzen einladen. Kann dieses Treffen Gegenentwürfe, durch positive und ermächtigende Begegnungen, zu sexistischen , homo-und trans*phoben Erfahrungen unterstützen?
Camille Barton: Embodied Social Justice
Embodied Social Justice provides a space to physically explore and process your relationship to oppression using movement, improvisation, meditation, partner work and somatic exercises, that engage the felt sense of the body. By doing this, we are able to develop agency to re-pattern the impact of oppression within our own bodies, dance floors and communities at large.
The Body Keeps the Score, by Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk, and other research, highlights the negative physical impacts of trauma on the body and the need to physically release this in order to heal. Racism, sexism and other forms of oppression have an embodied, traumatic effect and need to be understood through the body in order to effectively address these issues in our communities. This workshop is intended to generate new approaches to activism that are holistic, embodied, reflective and self directed.
In the sessions we will explore how oppression affects our bodies as individuals, as well as its impact on our ancestors. We will also explore how our lived experience relates to the context of oppression in the places we live, and the wider world at this time.
EnQueery Within: Retreat and Contact Improvisation
The schedule outlined here is an initial proposal, and is subject to change. It can be adapted to various needs during the event.
Thursday, 14. May, 2020:
Friday, 15. May, 2020:
Saturday, 16. May, 2020:
Sunday, 17. May, 2020:
To apply to participate in EnQueery Within, please write a couple of short sentences about yourself, what brings you to this event and what expectations you have. Email them to email@example.com.
We are intending to facilitate a group of participants for EnQueery Within that is diverse and inclusive. In order to allow there to be time to ensure this outcome, we ask potential participants to please apply by 31. March at the latest. However, emailing us before this date is also encouraged, and we will be answering emails on an ongoing rolling basis.
This process of application is in place in order to ensure that we are all participating with a shared awareness of the political and social intentions that underlie this event.
In general, the costs of EnQueery Within are 190€ all-inclusive.
Beyond this, we appreciate that people attending this event are coming to it from different situations of privilege and lack of privilege — including, among other aspects, their financial situation. As a result, the event is one where we have tried to create structures that can facilitate participation from marginalised voices and bodies. These structures include efforts to allow for reduced costs for attending the event in particular situations (along with the possibility to offer more, for those who can comfortably do so). We outline these possibilities below.
Our intention is to allow for this event to be experienced by a diverse group of participants. As part of the efforts to allow this, there will be limited spaces available for all who are not participants of colour.