Sat 30 Nov '19 - Workshop

Performance Lab Series #3

with Joy Mariama Smith

Performance Lab, Workshop Series Rotterdam presents a day long workshop with Joy Mariama Smith at UBIK Theater WORM, on Saturday 30th November, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Joy Mariama Smith’s work primarily addresses the conundrum of projected identities in various contexts. A sub-theme, or
ongoing question in their work is: What is the interplay between the body and it’s physical environment? Rooted in socially engaged art practice, they are a performance / installation / movement artist, activist, facilitator, curator and architectural designer. They have a strong improvisational practice tension for 20 years.

Joy Mariama Smith is a performance, installation, and movement artist and educator. They teach at the Academy of
Theater and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Amsterdam, and Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. When they choose to teach, they actively try to uphold inclusive spaces. Their work on issues related to visibility, projected identities, and self-representation in different contexts, and investigations the interplay between the body and its cultural, social, and physical environment. In their dances, performances and installations, they create spaces in which the distinction between spectator and participant becomes blurred and visitors are encouraged to reflect on the way in which they deal with space. Their work has been performed internationally, including at Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk
Museum, Amsterdam, 2018; If I Can’t Dance Edition VI – Event and Duration, Amsterdam, 2016; SoLow Festival, Philadelphia, 2015; and Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, 2013.

Joy Mariama Smith studied at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem; the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego; L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris; and Oberlin College in Ohio. Their work has been performed internationally, including at If I Can’t Dance Edition VI – Event and Duration, Amsterdam; SoLow Festival, Philadelphia; and Ponderosa Movement & Discovery in Stolzenhagen, Germany. Currently, they teach at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam.

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    Performance Lab, Workshop Series Rotterdam is facilitated by Clara J: son Borg and Amy Pickles, it is supported by the Municipality of Rotterdam and WORM. Between September and December 2019, three invited artists will share aspects of their performance practice in educational workshops as part of the series.

Joy Mariama Smith’s workshop has space for 20 participants.
The workshops are ticketed, so a reservation is required.
There will be a reservation fee or € 17 to ensure a committed group, € 15 or the ticket price will be reimbursed in cash upon attendance.
The € 2.00 charge is for account for handling, VAT and contribution to snacks.

You can book your tickets via WORM’s website.
Image Credits: in the garden, Ludger Storcks. In the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Maarten Nauw.