The Monday Morning Class Series, Curated by Stacy Dawson Stearns, has fallen in love with the NIGHT. We changed. We bid adieu to the day. Fall with us into the dark comfort of evening as we continue the ongoing exchange of body-based creative practices led by teaching artists who practice within the phases of consciousness and creation. Nourish your practice and embrace Lunacy. #getheetoclass @MNCPieter
Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11: Barry Brannum // DANCING _____ MUSIC
Even as a child watching commercials on TV or listening to the radio, I knew those moments were hollow (though I didn’t know how or why), like I could swallow those scenes whole or jump inside them and what I’d be left with was a mouthful of stale air, or dense silence for a mantle. And still I wanted to slip into that other space. If somehow that other world could cross the boundary of my skin I would know why I often felt like so much more than just myself.
What if moving with sound were not just a matter of dancing ‘to’ music. In this series of classes, we’ll push against some of our most commonly-received ideas about the relationship between these two media. We’ll consider how movement can embody a number of relationships to sound: critic, historian, storyteller, healer, lover, coach. We’ll ask how identity, power, and imagination all shape to what we know as ‘our bodies’; how music indexes their formation; and how we can channel these dual energies to bring our politics down to earth, to move with them, and (hopefully) transform them.
Barry Brannum is a dance artist and PhD candidate in UCLA’s World Arts & Cultures / Dance department. His artistic and academic projects explore the shifting relationship between black American dancers’ artistic and everyday selves in the choreographic process. Barry has worked with a number of choreographers and artists during his time in LA, including Ann Carlson, Alison D’Amato, Dorothy Dubrule, Lionel Popkin, alexx makes dances (Alexx Shilling), Elliot Reed, Nickels Sunshine, and Kevin Williamson. He recently toured as a guest artist with Cullberg Ballet as part of Deborah Hay’s project Figure a sea. When he isn’t dancing or studying, Barry is probably baking or communing with the Internet.
Monday Night Class Winter Season: the Lunacy series
SEPT 10,17 and 24 // ODEYA NINI
OCT 1,8,15 // Phillip T. NAILS
OCT 21,28 // BRIAN GETNICK and DOROTHY DUBRULE
NOV 5, 12 // JESSICA EMMANUEL
NOV 19, 26, DEC 3 // MILKA DJORDJEVICH
DEC 10, 17 // STACY DAWSON STEARNS
JAN 7, JAN 21, FEB 18, MAR 18 // GREGORY BARNETT
JAN 14 // JESSIE YOUNG
JAN 28, FEB 4, FEB 11 // BARRY BRANNUM