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Body Archeology Workshop: Ancestral Memory in the Context of (Im)migration

2022-03-26 - 2022-04-19

Workshop and performance presentation by Tatiana Koroleva
From March 26th to April 19th (bi-weekly meetings)


Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
IN PERSON at the Sense Lab — Concordia University (EV Building, EV.10.785)
CAPACITY: 12 People

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways our genetic memory can be activated in the process of performance creation with the purpose of reviewing and connecting to the history of our ancestors. Focusing specifically on the experiences of migration, immigration, displacement and relocation as a part of global history, the workshop proposes to activate the invisible link between our cultures of origin and our present moment. Opening the space for connecting to our roots while also acknowledging the hybridity of (im)migrant’s experiences and identities, we will focus on creating individual and group projects to venerate our ancestral past and to give voices to the parts of our identities that often remain silenced in a new cultural context. Using the framework of ritual and a variety of performance art methodologies, this workshop brings forward the concepts of empathetic presence, collaboration, dialogic witnessing, and awareness of belonging to a larger community as fundamental principles of performance art creation. Our ultimate goal is to produce 15- to 30-minute long individual performances which will be presented in the spring of 2022.

This workshop is suitable for international students and faculty, immigrants, travellers, and/or anyone interested in exploring ancestral memory and the multiplicity of ways it continuously affects our present.

To register, please click the button on the left-hand column. Capacity is limited to 12 participants, so don’t delay!

Tatiana Koroleva (born: Surgut, Western Siberia) is a multi-disciplinary artist, poet, educator, and researcher who works in the mediums of performance art, video art and creative writing. A graduate of a Doctoral program in Humanities, Concordia University (Montréal, QC) and a lecturer at the Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University, Tatiana explores intersections of performance art, art therapy and butoh practices. Her work is grounded in the subjects of ancestral and genetic memory, migration, intergenerational trauma and search for personal andcollective healing. Since 2006, Koroleva has performed locally and internationally including her participation in Miami International Festival of Performance Art (FL, USA), International Biennale of Performance Art DEFORMES (Santiago de Chile, Chile), Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), Body Navigation International Dance Festival (Saint- Petersburg, Russia) and Nuit Blanche Festival of Contemporary Art (Montréal, Canada), among many others. Her most recent performances were presented at Queens Museum (NYC, USA) and La Centrale Gallery Powerhouse (Montreal, QC).


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