Gabrielle Civil / Wild Beauty
What happens if we take our time?
a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ritual /black movement intensive
with Gabrielle Civil, Randy Ford, Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, + Fox Whitney
JAN 12-18, 2020
What does it mean to dance (blackness) in blackness? In the heart of winter, how can we bloom, share breath, conjure, heal, and experiment with joy? What happens if we take our time? Wild Beauty opens space for four core black artists–Gabrielle Civil, Randy Ford, Neve Mazique-Bianco, and Fox Whitney–to work/ play together in an MLK ritual/ black movement intensive. In the week leading up to MLK’s birthday, these core artists will take residency at Velocity to move in blackness across/beyond spectrums of gender, sexuality, queerness, ability, and art.
PHOTO – Gedney Barclay + Gabrielle Civil
about the artist
GABRIELLE CIVIL (she/ her) is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world, most recently in Minneapolis at Queertopia (2019) and in Chicago at the Eclipsing Festival at Link’s Hall (2018). An avid participant in dance classes and workshops, she recently studied Yorchha technique with the Ananya Dance Theater, improvisation with mayfield brooks at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and has appeared with Gender Tender. She is the author of the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019) and was lead contributor to Experiments in Joy: a Workbook (2019). Her writing has appeared in Dancing While Black, Small Axe, Art21, Obsidian, Kitchen Table Translation, and New Daughters of Africa. She teaches creative writing and critical studies at the California Institute of the Arts and was named a 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist. The aim of her work is to open up space.