Composition and Compresence: A Workshop for a We
Composition and Compresence: A Workshop for a We
Led by Jaime Shearn Coan
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 23-August 1
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Capacity: 15 participants
Cost: $120-240 total (sliding scale, $30-60/session)

"We can never simply be the ‘we’ understood as a unique subject, or understood as an indistinct 'we’ that is like a diffuse generality. 'We’ always expresses a plurality, expresses ‘our’ being divided and entangled." (Jean-Luc Nancy)

In this workshop, we will try on various practices that mobilize language as a vector for knowing and unknowing each other. How does language travel from body to body? How does language affect, alter, create, validate a body? We will move between being spectators and performers to being translators and interpreters and editors to being an entangled mass of awkward angles and odd syntactical twists. We will attempt to invite in pleasure, erotics, confusion, and frustration. In passing language and interpretation between us, we will visibilize and challenge what often happens without our consent as we are read in the streets, on stages and on pages. We will co-create without attempting to produce a unitary voice or narrative. No experience in writing or performing necessary, only a willingness to experiment and contribute to this temporary collective structure.

- Facilitator -

Jaime Shearn Coan is a writer, editor, and PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he is completing a dissertation titled Metamorphosis Theater: Performance at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Race, and Sexuality. A current 2019-2020 CUNY/Schomburg Center Archival Dissertation Year Fellow, Jaime previously served as a Mellon Public Humanities Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, CUNY and has taught literature, composition, and creative writing at City College, Hunter College, and Queens College, CUNY. Jaime’s writing has appeared in publications including TDR: The Drama Review, Critical Correspondence, Drain Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Movement Research Performance Journal, Gulf Coast, On Curating, Women & Performance, and Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement. Jaime is a co-editor of the Danspace Project 2016 Platform catalogue: Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now and author of the chapbook Turn it Over, published by Argos Books.

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