Subversive Dance – Aesthetics of protest

Kunstrial e.V. and La Sur Real Film Festival invite you to the Subversive Dance workshop led by Demonia Yeguaza (House of Yeguazas)

Dates: 4, 5 and 6 of September From 11:00 to 14:00

Where: Studio 2. Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2 10997 Berlin

Duration: 3 sessions of 3 hours

Demonia Yeguaza studied dance at the “Academia Superior de Artes” in Bogotá (Colombia). She founded the artistic collective House of Yeguazas, which specializes in spreading ballroom dance culture in Colombia. Demonia’s artistic approach of providing a stage and staging queer bodies that oppose a cis-heteronormative worldview has increased the visibility and empowerment of the Colombian LGBTIQ+ community both nationally and internationally. Since the Colombian National Strike 2021, Demonia and other trans(disciplinary)* artists founded the “Frente de Resistencia Marica”, a queer resistance movement. The collective advocates for LGBTQI+ rights and uses physicality, dance and performance art to engage in reclaiming public spaces and developing safe spaces for the queer dissident art community.

In the context of social mobilisations and demonstrations in the country, there are several community groups, such as the collective of queer dissidents, who, through actions such as subversive dance, appropriate protest spaces to neutralize the stigmatization and violent responses of those who try to repress the demonstrations. This generates discussions on the agency and representation of minorities, as well as the demand for the right to remember, symbolic reparation and social mobilization as legitimate forms of political advocacy by civil society.

What is subversive dance? 

It is an investigation that revolves around the construction and deconstruction of transgressive bodies to inhabit public space through resistance, “marikoneo”, voguing, twerk and elements of contemporary dance. It is an experience that confronts the self and the body in relation to the binary states that have been imposed on us, to get out of this comfort zone and generate questions in the participants about how a subversive body constructs itself?

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