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Infinite Variation: An Embodied Exploration of Gender

Tucson - 15 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019
Melanie Cooley

The Bissu of Indonesia have five genders: makkunrai (“female women”), oroani (“male men”), calalai (“female men”), calabai (“male women”) and bissu (“transgender priests”).

Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian have no gendered pronouns--no distinction between she and he--just a single pronoun for all people.

500 species of fish can change sex in adulthood through the activation of set of genetic switches. Humans have the same ancient genetic switches--with a genetic damper that prevents them from activating.

From the moment we are born--even before--perceived gender shapes our embodied reality. We get cuddled or rough housed with in different ways if we are called girl or boy. We are praised for being beautiful or strong, graceful or brave. When we veer from the expectations for our perceived gender, we are shamed--or worse--as tomboy or sissy. Our embodied self is shaped, limited, pruned, constrained into a culturally acceptable expression of our expected gender.

Some of us manage to fit safely enough within the boundaries of the gender we have been assigned--and some of us spill out over the edges. All of us deserve more.

The Bissu, Finns, fish, and 5Rhythms all teach that we are more than we have been pruned to be. Western culture teaches us that flowing is the domain of women and staccato the realm of men. But 5Rhythms teaches us that both are the birthright of all people.

All of us have the right to inhabit the full range of our humanity. Both nurturing, inward, earthy flowing and percussive, active, outward staccato--and the creative chaos that erupts when these two seeming opposites meet, breaking out of the absolutes of each and creating space for our lyrical shapeshifter to emerge. The self for whom all manifestations are possible. Expanding into the stillness of infinite interconnection.

In this workshop, we will investigate the ways our gender expression has shaped our embodied selves. And we will travel the map of the 5Rhythms to explore possibilities of expansion, into the infinite variation that each of us is.

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Maestros Locales

Chloe Goodwin Santa Fe, New Mexico Teaching Since: 2010 Baila desde: 1999

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Mati Vargas-Gibson Dallas, Texas Teaching Since: 2007 Baila desde: 1998

“"If it moves, it moves"”

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Lisa DeLand Austin, Texas Teaching Since: 2007 Baila desde: 1994

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Melanie Cooley Tucson, Arizona   Baila desde: 1991

“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, a complex form...which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything in the universe. ~George Leonard”

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Linda Susanne (Susie) Haces Dallas, Texas Teaching Since: 2014 Baila desde: 1974

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Visudha de los Santos Taos, New Mexico Teaching Since: 2007 Baila desde: 1995

“The deeper we go into, and be with the mystery, the more mysterious life becomes, and in that, life becomes both more meaningful and enchanting. Through moving ritual, oneness arises, and we discover a depth of presence lacking in ordinary moments.”

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Raven Tompkins (Sweat SpaceHolder) Taos, New Mexico   Baila desde: 2014

“Creation, destruction, I am dancing for them both. - Rumi”

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Manuela Welton (Sweat SpaceHolder) Santa Fe, New Mexico   Baila desde: 2012

“Freedom comes within the expression of letting go, accessing the music within and giving ourselves the permission to be who we are, as we are. Not only on the dancefloor but in everyday life. ”

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Melissa McLamb (Sweat SpaceHolder) Albuquerque, New Mexico   Baila desde: 1987

“You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. Martha Graham ”

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