FOR RIGHT NOW | Knees, Schools, Urges
Ajani Brannum
Friday, Jun 17 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How can we locate ourselves in the moment of movement? What counts as ‘the moment,’ or even as ‘the self’? In this class, we’ll test strategies for tapping the multiplicity of presence/presents. Things are what they are—and also, much more than they appear to be.


About the artist: Ajani Brannum is a transdisciplinary artist born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and currently living in Los Angeles, California. Their practice – which spans performance, video, sound, writing, and cartomancy – explores the problematics of belief, constructs of selfhood, and practices for moving, thinking, and being. A graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Ajani holds a BA in English and Certificate in Dance from Princeton University, a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, and is an alum of Jade T. Perry’s Cecilia Weston Tarot Academy.


Accessibility Note:The Box gallery is all on one level and has a rear entrance with a ramp. There are 2 small gender neutral single stall bathrooms on site. Please note that the bathrooms do not have a rail for transfer assistance and have limited space for larger mobility devices. Please contact the Box with any access needs and for more details: 1(213) 625-1747


COVID protocol: As COVID safety negotiation continues to be part of our community choreography, Pieter will continue to strive to be transparent and clear about our practices, with the goal of always prioritizing the most vulnerable among us. All events will require masks and utilize our Button Buddies which you can learn more about HERE


About the exhibition: A collaboration between Pieter Performance Space and The Box, curated by Jennie MaryTai Liu and assistant curator Alana Frey, Knees, Schools, Urges is a performance program and exhibition which invites ten dancers / artists to grapple with documented and undocumented histories of early 20th century modern dance in the place now known as Los Angeles. An examination of the absence of archived history of dance and dancers in the region, and the undersung work that historically minoritized artists have done in the field, the project looks both forward and backward, approaching the timeframe of the exhibition as an opportunity to document and create an archive which acknowledges the value of short-term local history as an ongoing project for present and future generations. 

photo by Joshua Ross
Photo by Richard Jefferson