DIY16: 2019 - Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson: To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering

3 day immersive workshop, exploring the body, ancestral memory and the land. To liberate creative actions towards a Decolonised Future.

Deadline for applications: 2pm, Thursday 20 June
This DIY is supported by ]performance s p a c e[

Project summary

To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering’ is a HIT THE GROUND project. We will bring artists and practitioners of diverse disciplines, backgrounds and realities together. To create an audacious ceremonial journey: activating consciousness, liberating the body and fucking with dimensions. Led by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson of Hit The Ground with guest facilitators (tbc).

Across 3 days we will create a non-hierarchical temporary community, to release personal, collective and ancestral memory: meaning: movement.

We will work with ritual, improvisation and trusting the old ways of being – exploring the body (movement, breath, contact-work), writing (intention, self-writing, voices), land based practices (sensory exploration, walking, planting) and sound/ music making. We will engage these creative tools and practices that unlock and create space for afro-futurist feminist queer realities, to ask ourselves as artists how we can conjure this decolonised world into existence.

To create space where our spirits can be free

How to apply

This project will be a visceral and embodied exploration into the past, present and future as tangible actions, realms/ realities and pathways.  Creating a safe space to heal the brutal separations colonialism has forced onto the human experience and human relationships along the lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and ability.

We will create an inclusive and anti-oppressive space – paying attention to how we behave, see one another and support each other to Grow. Applications are open to anyone wanting to go on this type of journey, with applications from people who identify as Womxn, PoC and/ or Queer are encouraged.

A small contribution will be made towards travel and accommodation. Lunch will be provided over the 3 days

Dates, times and location

Dates: 6 - 8 September 2019
Location: ]performance s p a c e[, Folkestone

The artist

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator; who creates words, performance, theatre-making and workshops towards personal and social change in line with afro-diasporic spiritual tools. She was chosen for the Camden Arts Centre residency (2019), Jerwood Foundation Performing Arts Bursary (2018) and ACE Artistic Directors Leadership Programme for Artists of Colour (2017-2019)

Her work as a Performance-Maker and Artistic Leader of Hit The Ground includes: Embodied Consciousness Workshop Programme Leader at Platform Southwark 2018, ‘The Wonder Project’ performance-environment ritual at Kew (performer, 2018), ‘Afro-Diasporic Ritual As Afro-Futurist Technology’ lead by Nwando Ebizie/ LADA (performer, 2018), Barbican Pit Lab Company residency 2014, Lyric Hammersmith Emerging artist residency 2014.

Her work as a facilitator includes: Yard Theatre: Lead Artist/Facilitator for Radical Performance Young Company 2017-2018, Battersea Arts Centre Community Ensemble Facilitator (2018), Cardboard Citizens: ‘Enhancing The Collective Consciousness’ workshop programme creator/ facilitator (2016-2017).

Her work as writer includes: Burning Eye Books BAME Poetry Prize 2018 shortlist, featured poet at Green Man Festival, Roundhouse Slam Finalist (2015), Hammer & Tongue Team Slam Finalist (2014). As part of Soho Theatre writers lab she wrote her second performance text ‘S/He Breathe/s’ an afro-futurist queer labyrinth set in a polluted and colonised world.

She is also an arts for social change organiser/ collaborator  –bringing her work to Brainchild Festival, ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW Festival, Actors For Human Rights and DIY Space For London.

For questions about this DIY, please contact the artist.

Part of DIY16 - Call for Participants