Body Ecology Culminates + Future Offerings Coming Soon

Photo: Heather Lee

Photo: Heather Lee

Give thanks! Body Ecology successfully completed our spring intensive. Much gratitude to the newly minted Body Ecologists joining the tribe and the continuing associate artists:

  1. Jaime Dzandu
  2. Mshairi Siyanda
  3. Jax Gil
  4. Joyce LeeAnn Joseph
  5. Tara Daniels
  6. Mel Harper
  7. Shantez Tolbut
  8. Michele Stanbeck
  9. Dominic Bradley
  10. Joyce Miller
  11. Dayanara Marte
  12. Seyi Adebanjo
  13. Sara Wolcott
  14. Elaina Smith
  15. Comfort Katchy
  16. Heather Lee

We will spend the summer evaluating and preparing for our fall and future retreats and intensives. Coming soon you will be able to register for:

1. Writing the Evolution: Writing and Ritual Intensive (virtual, fall 2016)

2. Embodying the Altar: 14-day Creativity and Healing Cipher (virtual, fall-winter 2017)

3. Risk and Revolution Retreat: 4-Day retreat explicitly for performance + healing artists (Location TBD, spr 2017)

4. Risk and Revolution Intensive: Explicitly for performance artists interested in public ritual performance, solo, devised, and ensemble-based experimental performance.


Conceived in 2009, The Body Ecology Performance Project trains artists, activists, and educators in community action, solo, and ensemble performance through the lens of experimental, womanist performance, popular education, and cultural organizing. The Body Ecology process requires individuals to investigate the use of performance as a social justice strategy. All are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, class, performance skills, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. In short, this opportunity is open to the community.

The intensive pushes the boundaries of performance as a stage-based artform and asks participants to think about their everyday performances that support liberation or oppressive frameworks. Participants investigate collective performances of liberation and analyze and them to determine how personal and collective acts of liberation inform aesthetic choices on the stage. Audrey Hailes and Ebony Noelle Golden serve as Body Ecology’s co-artistic directors. Additionally, the intensive is powered by BDACs fellows, institutional partners, and community volunteers. Facilitators and events coming soon.

The Body Ecology is brought to community by Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative’s Cultural Arts Direct Action Laboratory.

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Mara Measor