iele paloumpis

Jan 31 & Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 Fridays 10:30am-12:00pm

Witchcraft - A Corporeal Practice

Over the past two years, changes in my health and body have shifted the ways I approach dance and daily life. Without concrete answers from doctors or various bodyworkers, I began looking to witchcraft and earth-based rituals as somatic practices of integration, acceptance and healing. I’ve also been thinking a lot about how all bodies - whether elderly, disabled, or otherwise "different" - can enter into dance. For this workshop, we will look to magical herbs, astrology and the lunar calendar, as well as our own unique and defiant bodies, to generate restorative movement. Come with an awareness of something you might like to shed, heal and/or embrace.

Post-script: I'm particularly excited about offering this workshop through CCC, because we have the opportunity to engage in ritual throughout the course of an entire lunar cycle. Each class is scheduled to meet during a potent phase within the Moon's cycle: the New Moon, First Quarter Moon, Full Moon, Third Quarter Moon, and finally the New Moon again to set the next cycle in motion. As such, I really encourage folks to attend all five classes. It feels like this is a rare moment to collectively and intentionally tap into the full force of the Moon over time.
Please contact me if you have any accessibility needs, including allergies/sensitivities to various herbs and smells. Also, if you are pregnant/breast feeding and wouldn't mind sharing this information with me, I would like to touch base with you to make sure we're on the same page about safer herbal usage. Email:

This workshop is for anyone interested in connecting to their bodies. There will be time to improvise and make movement, but mostly I want to make sure folks get whatever they want out of this workshop. If dancing or improvising feels intimidating/not right in the moment, participants can engage in other equally valid ways (i.e.: through writing, drawing, observing etc). Generally, I will encourage everyone to take part in a group improvisation/movement practice (simply because I think feeling our bodies in motion is so important), but this can manifest in multiple ways and it's totally at your discretion. Overall, the goal during this workshop is to tune into our bodies in whatever ways feel good to us as individuals.

If you're a writer/drawer - please bring a journal/sketchbook and something to write with.

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Photo by Tei Blow

iele paloumpis is a trans*/queer dance artist, choreographer, and teacher. As an educator of 9 years, they've taught movement improvisation and composition, as well as dance theory and critique. iele has practiced various forms of neo-paganism since age 13 and is now exploring the immense healing properties of witchcraft as a bodily practice. In 2010, iele was a co-recipient of The Leeway Foundation's Art and Social Change Grant. They felt fortunate to be a 2012-13 Studio Series Resident Artist at New York Live Arts, as well as work under the mentorship of Trajal Harrell through the Queer Art Mentorship Program. This past December, they concluded a 2013 Fall Space Grant residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. At the center of their practice are ideas exploring body politics and artist self-empowerment. For more information on iele paloumpis and their workshop, Witchcraft - A Corporeal Practice, check out this interview by Eva Yaa Asantewaa on Dancer's Turn!