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Workshop: Changing the Race Dance

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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One event on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 am

Cynthia Winton-Henry and Soyinka Rahim of Changing the Race DanceChanging the Race Dance is a workshop led by visiting artist-scholars Soyinka Rahim and Cynthia Winton-Henry that aims to expand the creative toolkit of educators, learners, and individuals-in-community. The weekend features training in InterPlay methods that expand our capacities to move out of systems of oppression and assimilation shaped by racism.

For people of color: This is a restorative, replenishing event that focuses on reframing and centering in personal power. We will discover new ways to recover and honor our body knowledges, and to support our creative wisdoms. We will build arts-based practices for exploring and celebrating one’s own truths, as they enrich and inform the collective.

For white people: This event focuses on the clarity and health needed to attune to and shift race and identity paradigms. We will discover new ways to access our body selves to ground rather than flee admidst tension. We will build arts-based practices toward mutual connection and action to confront inequity in its myriad forms.

For all participants: This retreat-based facilitation syncs expert leadership in racial justice themes with InterPlay performance forms, designed to accommodate all physical mobilities and experience levels. InterPlay happens in a low-pressure group format with step-by-step activities that use movement, story, breath, song, and guided improvisation and contemplation. We believe arts and body-based learning can come face to face with social situations and people who are stuck and hurting, to bring renewal, affirmation, ease, and respect. Along with personal illumination and rejuvenation, participants can expect to acquire skills and adaptable activities they can apply in their home communities and organizations afterward.

Why now: The current charged state of racial polarization throughout the U.S. and globally promotes violence, silence, loneliness, and loss. With Changing the Race Dance, our visiting artist-scholars guide us to seek more of what we want instead: liberation, reparation, honoring grief, inter-connected integrity, and joyful bravery.

Participants must attend entire workshop (Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21). Free homestays possible. Suggested donation is $5-50 for those able, scholarships widely available. All are welcome.

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Co-sponsored by Hurston Collective (UNC-CH), Triangle InterPlay, Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South, Inc. (RCWMS), Carolina Center for Public Service, Carolina Performing Arts, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), HeartSpace Spiritual Resources, The Lilies Project


April 20, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Gerrard Hall
116 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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