Jaamil Kosoko

This class for the New Museum has been postponed until a later date. Description for reference only

The Illegible Body in Performance (and Society)

Oftentimes considered to be confusing and/or a site of physically imposed violence and misunderstanding, the illegible body in the contemporary moment exists, simultaneously, within two psychic states: a state filled with futurity & experimentation and another overcome by externalized fear & perceived dissidence. Framed as part theory, part vocalization, part group movement/thinking improvisation, students will investigate illegible (but precise) states of being, sensitivity, risk-taking, eroticism, exhibitionism, and bad behavior.

Together we watch and support each other by finding, exposing, and attempting to break open previously locked or hidden pathways of emotional, physical and visual performativity. Students are encouraged to bring props and costumes to the workshop to which they have personal meanings, but are willing to let be destroyed. This workshop is a direct continuation from last year's The Vulnerable Body.

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a producer, curator, poet, and performance artist. Kosoko’s work in theater and dance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His new solo performance work entitled BLACK MALE REVISITED: Revenge of the New Negro premiered in December 2013 at Miami Theater Center as part of Art Basel and Art Miami '13. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, and others. Visit: www.jaamil.com for more information

reading list

Radical Presence, Valerie Smith
Black Male Catalogue, Thelma Golden
We Real Cool, bell hooks
Shahid Reads His Own Palm, Reggie Betts
Looking for LeRoy: Illegible Black Masculinities, Mark Anthony Neal
Janet Mock's Redefining Realness
Prelude to Bruise, Saeed Jones