Imagining Dances Speculative, Unseen
and in Resistance
malidi/ məlidi Mercedes Webb
1 – 5 PST
Online via Zoom
Join writer ma̱lidi / məlidi / Mercedes Webb for an online writing workshop in which we will speculate on what a dance may be. ma̱lidi will ask guiding questions, with the hope that a written form of dance may be conceived outside of the confines of Western thought, and ableist and formalist understandings of dance. What seemingly mundane functions, both micro and macro, can dance encompass? What does dancing look like in resistance to colonial borders? What dances happen unseen inside and on our individual bodies, between microbiomes? What does dancing look like when living with chronic pain? Or in our minds? Can ideas dance? And what occurs when bodies meet?
This workshop is for all writers and dancers. No “formal” experience is needed. If this call resonates with you, please send an expression of interest of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited, and preference will be given to BIPOC and people who identify as disabled. Please include accessibility needs where applicable in your expression of interest. The workshop is formatted to include breaks throughout.
Malidi / məlidi / Mercedes Webb (they/she) is a writer of mixed ancestry including, Haida (Kunn lanaas), Kwakwaka’wakw (Mama̱liliḵa̱la), living as a guest on Treaty 7 Territory. Their writing aims to inform readers and generate interest in the ways art and writing are intrinsically intertwined with the social contexts we are living through and how that informs the futures we may create. Webb’s vocals were included on the vinyl from Rita McKeough: Works, and they were the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Art Writing Prize. They have their BA in Art History and Communications with Distinction from University of Calgary. Currently they are learning two of their ancestral languages, Kwak̓wala and X̱aad Kil.