Queering Surrender: Expanding, Embodying, Remembering

Pitch Presentation

Queering Surrender: Expanding, Embodying, Remembering

organized by Jenevieve Ting & Jasmine Lin

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 11am–1pm PT or 6pm–8pm PT (we’ll send out a Doodle for mornings or nights to see what’s most accommodating), 10/14: First Workshop, 10/28: Second Workshop, 11/11: Third Workshop, 11/25: Fourth Workshop, 12/9: Fifth Workshop, 12/23: Sixth Workshop, 1/6: Final Workshop, 1/13: Feedback & Digestion Class (Optional)

Location: Online via Zoom

Queering Surrender: Expanding, Embodying, Remembering is a practice / sanctuary / gathering for QTBIPOC to reconnect with the agency, pleasure, possibility, and bigness of our bodies. To surrender is to give up, to give in, to allow. Queerness is a tender, passionate refusal — of straight time, linearity, binary, categorization. How do capitalism, colonialism, and cisheteronormativity inform the ways we live in, perceive, or erase our bodies? This ASSEMBLY places the QTBIPOC body at the center — acknowledging it as a dynamic place where potential and transformation can be actualized and felt, where we can re-learn our autonomy and re-member our possibility. Our individual movements are not at all separate from our collective movements, and building on mutual resistance, reciprocity, and protection becomes even more powerful in the context of a community, a Sangha, an assembly. Together, we can remember, embody, and imagine ourselves beyond — from being, to being more.

This ASSEMBLY will combine reflective reading, writing, and discussion prompts with action-based embodiment and movement practices that allow participants to have a more felt understanding of theoretical concepts, expanding our ability to think with the body and feel with the mind.

Jasmine Lin is a performance artist and movement facilitator committed to the life-long process of un-learning and un-teaching oppressive, Othering, and superficial ways of moving, being, sensing, and knowing. Jas is a NAVEL Collective Resident, and their choreographies and films have been shared at cultural spaces around the world, including REDCAT Theater, Power Station of Art Shanghai, Floating Projects HK, and British Museum. They also facilitate MORNING EXORCISE, a movement session dedicated to exorcising the body of oppressive socialized choreographies and decolonizing the internal and external surveillance cameras that suggest there is a Proper way to be and move in the world.
IG: @allthatjasss
Website: www.jasmine-lin.work/

Jenevieve Ting is a queer, non-binary Asian American writer, artist, facilitator, and world builder. They are the co-editor and co-founder of Loves Me | Loves Me Not, a yearly Valentine’s Day zine featuring work entirely by queer, trans, non-binary and women artists of color, and they’ve performed at various performance venues across LA and the Bay Area, including Tuesday Night Cafe, Our Mic, Junior High, The Hotel Cafe, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Human Resources, and Sabbatical Studio. They believe that every QTBIPOC person is a poem, and that we are all deserving of abundance, love, gender euphoria, spaciousness, joy, and pleasure.
IG: @tingrolls
Website: https://tingroll.space/

Get in touch: queeringsurrender@gmail.com

Image credit: Jay Are

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