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The Spiral of Fortune (7 of Birds)

A laboratory of political witchcraft

The Spiral of Fortune (7 of Birds) is a week of dance divination, queer becoming, healing from political harm, and collaborative world-making, where world-making manifests as post/de-colonial choreography, magic, healing, activism, discourse, and ritual.

Keith Hennessy and Michael J. Morris will offer a week-long intensive laboratory, a politicised mystery school, in an expansive field where the politics of the land meet the politics of the body, and potential is everywhere. Incorporating tarot, astrology, fake and real healing, death practice, dancing together and alone, negotiating difference, somatic exploration and improvised ritual, in an on-going studio practice of shared play, research, and performance. We'll move between tradition and invention, the world as it has been and all the worlds that are yet to come, the known and the unknowable — and the spaces in-between. We'll cultivate full-bodied attention to what is subtle, spectacular, felt, invisible, imaginary, visionary, ancient, emergent, more-than-human, and marginal in order to devise collaborative art/ritual experiences that address contemporary crises in our global age. At the heart of this investigation is the conviction that what we practice at the small scale supports what we are capable of practising at other scales; thus, engaging with the forces of global crises at the scale of individual bodies and communities has the capacity to generate strategies for navigating and co-creating our world.

We'll make experiences and relationships in a vibrant real time composition that resonates in non-linear frequencies with the past, the future, and the timeless. We'll situate our studio in the crisis of power and empowerment destabilised by an era of both privilege and dispossession, economic and environmental precarity.

ARTISTBIO: Michael J. Morris

Michael J. Morris is a choreographer, performer, scholar, and a witch. They are a Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University where they teach in the Department of Dance, Environmental Studies, Queer Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Morris’ choreographic and performance work draws influences from early formalist postmodern dance, Japanese Butoh, queer burlesque, and Wiccan ritual, and has been presented at universities, galleries, community spaces, theatres, bars and nightclubs, films, domestic spaces, and most recently the Wexner Center for the Arts. They have also served as dramaturge for Available Light Theatre, Maree ReMalia|merrygogo, the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and James Graham Dance Theatre. Their writing appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater, TDR: The Drama Review, Choreographic Practices, Dance Chronicle, and the European Journal of Ecopsychology. They have presented research on eco-sexualities, post-human ethics, kinaesthetic kinship as a strategy for mitigating climate change, the pedagogical potential of feminist and queer pornography, and transgender histories and rhetorical strategies at international, national, and regional conferences. Morris holds a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University, and they completed their 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in San Francisco.


Dancer: Helmut Fixl © Johanna Figl

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