Workshop with Rodney Diverlus
Saturday, September 14th, 2019—12:15pm
This workshop is comprised of a series of physical explorations, experiments, and interrogations that invite participants to locate, embrace, and/or extend the boundaries and restrictions that we self-impose, or are imposed on our bodies today. This will be a space to explore physical expansion; the succumbing and resistance to gravity; the ebb, flow, interruption, and manipulation of breath; and the possibilities (and impossibilities) of movement within/beyond the containers of time, space and that which we imagine as our limitations. This workshop meets people where they are and is open to all ranges of ability; limber bodies to broken bodies, sore bodies to aging bodies.
Space is limited and registration is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this workshop.
Animating the Body in Time + Space:
Physicalities and [Im]possibilities
BiographyRodney Diverlus is a Port-Au-Prince-born, Toronto-based movement artist, creator, and provocateur. His work weaves in dance, physical theatre, puppetry, and voice and teases out jazz, contemporary, and Afrikanic modalities. His work excavates and dissects the Black Canadian existence in the now; specifically, Black moving bodies thrust on, and paraded around anomalous spaces, be it the streets, phone screen, shipping container, art gallery, or alleyway. He has performed throughout Canada and the Caribbean in dance, theatre, and opera.
He uses his body and voice as sites to interpret text & rhythms, weaving in ancestral and diasporic narratives of blackness, queerness. His works have been presented at the Irie Music Festival, Summerworks Performance Festival, Art Gallery of Ontario, Gardiner Museum, DanceMatters, The Gladstone, Footsteps Across Canada Showcase, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Fashion Arts Toronto, and Tableau d’Hôte Theatre.
An ardent artivist, Rodney’s creative work spills onto a passion for activism and community organizing. Rodney is co-founder of Black Lives Matter — Toronto and co-leading the development of Black Lives Matter Canada. As a lead architect of BLM's presence and actions in Canada, he is grateful for the opportunity to co-curate and re-imagine radical Black activism in Canada today.