EnQueery Within is a weekend of contact improvisation creating space for FLT*I* communities. It is hosted by Diana Thielen and Kata Kovács, and takes place at Ponderosa on the weekend of May 17.–19., 2019. This second edition of EnQueery Within will also incorporate the Clitoral Embodiment workshop, facilitated by Nicole Bindler.
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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. The workshop with Nicole Bindler will take place on Saturday and Sunday morning. In the afternoons and evenings, Kata Kovács and Diana Thielen will offer a contact improvisation class.
We invite participants in EnQueery Within to join us from Friday morning onwards. On arrival, all are welcome to take time to enjoy the natural surroundings, maybe go for a walk, take the time needed to arrive. From this starting-point, we will slowly shift into the weekend’s activities.
There will also be place for individual needs and desires, time for dance and research, rest and walks. The Living Library and the sauna will be available for us. If you might have any questions about the specifics, please let us know.
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?
EnQueery Within: Clitoral Embodiment
Clitoral Embodiment is a workshop, facilitated by Nicole Bindler, which explores the intersection of Body-Mind Centering® and gender/sexuality studies.
The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering®. Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration.
Standing at the intersection of somatics, embryology, and gender/sexuality studies, Clitoral Embodiment uses Body-Mind Centering and embodied anatomy through guided solo somatic movement and dance improvisation to explore an underlying biological explanation for sex and gender fluidity.
Clitoral Embodiment — sessions
All explorations in this workshop will be practiced fully clothed.
Participants will have access to text from two articles by Nicole Bindler about Clitoral Embodiment, that were published in the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices (Vol. 9, No. 1, 1. June 2017) and Contact Quarterly (Vol. 42, No. 1., Winter/Spring 2017).
Saturday morning session:
Invagination: The body is not a bunch of separate parts, but one thing that has infinite folds. Through this process of invagination we make ourselves. We will practice an embodied, feminist reimagining of space and our relationship to the world around us.
Gonads: There are many different potential variations of the gonads. Through sensing and moving from our undifferentiated embryonic origins, and potential variations in our adult bodies, we can broaden our perception of sex and gender expression.
Sunday morning session:
Ducts: The genitalia and the heart both arise from the embryological mesoderm (the middle layer). The heart begins as two separate endocardial tubes that then come together in the middle, like two hands in prayer. The uterus and it's homologue, the prostatic utricle, also come together from two paramesonephric ducts that join in the middle. We will explore this twoness/oneness through anatomical study, and somatic movement.
ClitDick: Did you know that your genitalia have legs and that their little legs have been walking with you during every step you've taken? We will explore the legs of the clitoris/penis through anatomical study, walking, and dancing.
Friday, 17. May, 2019:
Arrival in the morning or during the day. We’ll be there to welcome you, however there will be no set structure for this time until the evening.
Saturday, 18. May, 2019:
Sunday, 19. May, 2019:
To apply to participate in EnQueery Within, please write a couple of short sentences about yourself, and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After this, we will get back to you with a link to continue your registration.
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.