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TRANSLATED BODIES: > | Curated by GABRIELLE CIVIL
March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$20 – $50
MAR 9 – 11
Thu, MAR 9 | 7:30 PM – RESEARCH
Fri, MAR 10 | ALL DAY – VIRTUAL PLAY
Sat, MAR 11 | 7:30 PM – EXPERIMENT
*ASL interpretation Thursday, March 9th
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Ave
Black feminist performance artist Gabrielle Civil returns to Velocity, this time activating performance/writing and translation. < > is the first iteration of the multimedia project Translated Bodies and includes three different modalities. In “Research,” Civil and fellow artists/ translators Madhu H. Kaza, Sawako Nakayasu & JD Pluecker will share embodied works-in-progress, drawing on BIPOC, diasporic, and language justice approaches to translation. In “Virtual Play,” individuals will receive a special online delivery of original scores, playlists & translation prompts. In “Experiment,” performance improvisation will turn into a chance to share skills, build community, jam, and play. All events will dissolve the hard line between source and target, artist and audience.
“This work begins with errors: performance deviations. A conference panel on errors in translation now morphs into an evening of show & tell, online playlists and scores, an extended improvisation. These are translations, like errors, moving in and through bodies. An error is the difference between measures we observe or calculate and true values. An error is what slips—what slips in, what slips out, what we can slip into. More than a mistake, an error is an opportunity for Translated Bodies. I wanted to gather with other translators and movers and play in the blurry space of errors: the space between accuracy and authenticity, listening and channeling, writing and performing. I asked my friends for their brilliance and time. I asked Velocity and No. 1 Gold for their effort and space. I’m asking you for your open mind and attention. In exchange, please accept my heart and my thanks.”