Gut, Bones, Ground - Class with Laura Levinson

Gut, Bones, Ground:

(Re)Connecting to plant magic and the lower body

10am-11:30am | Mondays (Oct 12, 19, 26)

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Meeting ID: 816 6239 2622

While this time requires that we gather for class in virtual space, we recognize that we are still 3-dimensional beings connected to our own locations and body-stories. This class seeks to build our connection to both our immediate physical surroundings, and to one another across distance and through the ether.

Sex, magic, dirt, herbs, pelvis, land.
This class synthesizes herbalism*, somatics, and improvisational movement to ask: What is the connection between healing our relationship to the lower body - particularly the gut and pelvis - and healing our relationships to one another and to wounded land? This class grows out of my ongoing choreographic research connecting plant magic/earth, queerness/sex, and the healing of toxic whiteness.

*Herbalism is a useful tool that helps cultivate and protect a way of thinking that honors right relationship, reciprocity, and resourcefulness - using what is available, not taking more than we need, and supporting the inherent wisdom of the body. AND - my training is in Western Eclectic Herbalism, which is also situated in the context of this country: violence, genocide, appropriation and erasure are part of its story, too. I invite us in this class to remember both the beauty and the shadow side of this healing tool together.

Open to all who are curious!

Laura Levinson - Movement artist, arts organizer, and herbal healer.
Laura has been performing and creating work in the Twin Cities for the past 6 years. Laura has performed with Aniccha Arts, BareBonesPuppets, Movement Architecture, Melissa Birch, Marylee Hardenbergh, Contempo Physical Dance, and Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company, among others. Laura recently received an Artist Initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board to produce Dumpster Fire, an evening of Queer & Trans performance at Franconia Sculpture Park (May 2019). Ongoing projects include creative collaboration with Don’t You Feel It Too?, founded by Marcus Young and centering artist-healer-activists in dancing our brave, honest, loving, and resilient selves in public space. Laura approaches accountability as a love practice and plant medicine as a form of ancestral remembering. Laura recently completed a 10-month training with Master Herbalist Lise Wolff.

Space and marketing support provided by the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts' Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative Program.