Embodied Intersectionality Workshop with Joe Bowie

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Joe Bowie, famed Mark Morris Dancer, teacher, and renowned bread baker, shares the history of Black dance in America and connections to contemporary dance.

About the workshop

In this Embodied Intersectionality Workshop, we will center and affirm opportunities to cultivate empathy and connection through embodied storytelling, engaged journaling, and deep listening. We will collaborate to create a safe space in which we collectively interrogate, reflect upon, and witness those places where our individual identities intersect and overlap. When viewed through a lens of social justice, intersectionality investigates how intersecting power relations influence social relations across diverse societies as well as individual experiences in everyday life - examples of these may be categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, and age; how they are interrelated and mutually shape one another. It is my hope that we will begin our explorations somatically - from a more internal first-person perspective - to create a bridge to collective understanding of those places where our individual aspects connect. We will embody, write, discuss, share, and breathe together. Respect, community, and kindness will be key to our collaboration. Let’s make them paramount as we explore and discover together.

About Joe Bowie

Joe Bowie was born in Lansing, Michigan and began dancing, on a dare, while a sophomore in college. After graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue a dance career and danced professionally for more than twenty-five years - dancing and touring domestically and internationally with both the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group. In addition to performing, he has devoted his time to teaching, and has given master classes in Modern and Contemporary Dance technique at several colleges, conservatories, and universities throughout the United States. As a senior company member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, Bowie was given the opportunity to set and stage the works of Mr. Morris, and to assistant direct Morris’ operatic debuts at the Metropolitan Opera (NYC), the English National Opera (London, UK), and the Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland). Prior to joining the Northwestern Dance faculty, he taught Contemporary Dance at the University of South Carolina (Columbia Campus). Bowie earned his A.B. in English and American Literature with an independent concentration in African-American Poetry from Brown University.

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