BlackLight Summit: Movement Workshop with Johnnie Cruise Mercer • IN-PERSON
About the Event
Johnie Cruise Mercer leads a movement workshop to open the 2023 BlackLight Summit. FUNKitUp, A Conscious Meta-Physical Practice, is a facilitated space built to encourage embodied inquisition and to investigate one’s relation to weight, dance history and subsequently the contemporary. The fast paced class/workshop flows freely through meditative work, weight shifting, micro-articulations, rhythmic patterns, Astro-healing, traditional form play, collective improvisation and complicated phraseology, landing ultimately at each movers personal movement theory (the fertile ground for an individual’s choreographic lineage). FUNKitUp is designed for advanced movers or embodied thinkers, and is rooted in The Africanist Aesthetic. All abilities and levels are welcome!
About the BlackLight Summit
This event is part of the BlackLight Summit. We need some R&R! Not rest & relaxation, but risk and regeneration. Perhaps even rage & repair. There is no returning to what came before, so how can we fall into new possibilities, realities and ways of being? For this next season, how do we hold that "if no one goes first, how can anyone follow?" BlackLight 2023 is taking the leap into risking wrong, risking right, risking being loved and seen. In order to take these steps, how are we recovering and regenerating? We have lost so much. How can we find who we are and who we want to be? Join us for some much needed R&R.
Through three days of groundbreaking dance performances, inspiring keynote speeches, energizing movement workshops and intimate panel discussions, The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit aims to activate the unimagined possibilities in dance. It is a convening that envisions dance as a conduit to galvanize resilience and inventiveness, and in 2023 offers a combination of free and Pay What You Wish in-person events and free livestream events. Throughout the 2022–23 season, the BlackLight Summit will continue to foster community connection by facilitating a series of mentoring and professional development opportunities, conversations and performances.