The LIBERATED PLANET STUDIO (LPS) emerged in January 2023 at The Dance Centre on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, otherwise known as vancouver, b.c.
The studio has provided practice space and a free Saturday workshop series for artists and activists interested in ecological and movement research at the intersections of social and environmental justice.
Fourteen local and visiting artists, activists and academics will lead workshops from 4:15 - 6pm on Saturdays from Jan 21- April 15, 2023. The project’s many collaborators will come together to experiment with socio-ecological concepts and collective movement practices. The LIBERATED PLANET STUDIO seeks to mobilize discourse about the intersections of environmental and social exploitation, human and animal experience and intercultural planetary struggles for liberation from the extractive logics of colonial capitalism.
All bodies are welcome at the LIBERATED PLANET STUDIO. You do not have to be a professional dancer to participate. You're welcome (especially) if you have never set foot in a dance studio! The LPS will be a place to practice ethics of global revolutionary solidarity, based in care-politics. This means acclimating to new habits and modes of social relation in ecosystems in crisis and agreeing to a communal set of practices that center accessibility, consent and communal care.
Our studio is accessible to chair-users and COVID-safety measures will be taken to protect the immuno-compromised. While activities will be open to all, the studio has a capacity of 20 people and a majority of workshop spots will be held for BIPoC, gender-queer (i.e. trans, two-spirit) and disabled self-identifying participants. This will ensure that those who have been historically excluded from dance spaces due to discrimination, access issues and unaffordability are given the opportunity to explore somatic work together. Non-BIPoC, gender queer and disabled self-identifying participants will join a waitlist to be issued tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis no later than one week before each workshop date.
From 3 - 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (January 17- April 13) the studio will also be open for drop-in collaborations, experiments and open movement. A growing library of texts, music, maps and ecological studies will be shared as collective prompts. If you would like to join these sessions, please email us to introduce yourself.