TimeYou are encouraged to try to arrive 10 minutes early, if possible.
WORKSHOP: Grief Ritual
Performance artist Dzeli (Angelica Palmer, Cooperstown) will present an interactive grief ritual workshop, Saturday June 15, 5-7PM.
The workshop is organized in concert with the Art Garage current exhibition, Post Nature: our natural world at risk, on view at 689 Beaver Meadow Road through June 29.
All are invited to participate in the outdoor session, which will involve drums, song and movement.
Preregistration is required; while space is limited, the workshop can nevertheless only be presented with sufficient enrollment. The fee is $20.
Describing the concept, Dzeli noted: ”Grief is a river; it flows from a deep place and only knows rest when it reaches the ocean. If it is dammed up, blocked with a giant boulder of fear or judgment, the pressure that builds affects every other part of you. When given a safe and supported place,” she continued, ”we can slowly chip away at our boulders and dams and let our grief flow out and our bodies heal.” She noted that the workshop can be helpful for a broad range of participants, whether they are dealing with personal grief or general sorrow at the weakening of environmental protections in our nation. ”We come together through drums, song and movement,” she concluded, “supporting each other’s grieving process” as we strengthen the collective community. Intrigued by movement, touch and connection, Dzeli questions “our deep need for individuality and self-determination, blurring the lines between ego and animal.” The workshop is inspired by the grief rituals of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso and the work of Sobonfu Some. Dzeli earned an MA in Experimental Performance and Social Activism from the Experimental Performance Institute, New College of California, San Francisco CA and a BS from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dzeli has performed, taught, led workshops and hosted events interweaving community, activism and performance throughout the Northeast for many years, including recently the Montreal Touch&Play Festival and the Secret City Festival in Woodstock, NY. She teaches contact improv dance, leads women’s and girl’s circles and teaches Nourish workshops on consent, communication and touch. Questions? Please contact Dzeli, at 607-431-8422.
To register please contact Sydney Waller at the Art Garage by end of day Thursday June 13. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 607-547-5327 or text 315-941-9607, Message FBArtGarageCooperstown.