Upcoming 2019 Teaching: 

JANUARY 7–18: The Transgressive Body at Movement Research MELT, NYC

FEBRUARY 4–MAY 20: Creating Your Biomythography Workshop, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
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APRIL 3–5: Mapping the Transgressive Body at Studio 303, Montreal

APRIL 26: Guest Teaching at LANDING at Gibney, NYC

AUGUST 5–9: The Transgressive Body Retreat and Intensive, A Request for Refusal || A Request to Dream
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Past events:

DECEMBER 15, 2018: Mapping the Transgressive Body, NPN Conference 2018, Pittsburgh, PA

OCTOBER 9-13, 2018: Mapping the Transgressive Body Workshop and Presentation at Within Practice, Stockholm, Sweden

OCTOBER 3-6, 2018: Transgressive Boy Workshop, Lion's Jaw Festival, Cambridge, MA

JUNE 15-17: Freedom/Moves Symposium at pOnderosa, Lunow-Stolzenhagen, Germany

MAY  3,  2018: Moving the Transgressive Body Workshop at UC Riverside, CA

APRIL 7, 2018: Transgressive Body Workshop at The Whole Shebang in Philadelphia, PA

APRIL 4, 2018: Knowing Dance More with Thomas DeFrantz, UArts, Philadelphia, PA

JANUARY 10-14: Deconstructing Perceptions with Thomas DeFrantz, Movement Research MELT, NYC


Current Offering(s):

Transgressive Body Workshop
The Transgressive Body Workshop with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

How do we as movement practitioners train and strengthen the mind and body to resist oppressive structures and systems? How might tools of self care, personal meditation, and psychic choreographic systems support and prepare us for site based and/or theatrical radical performance making? How does the teaching of theory promote new systems for intellectual simulation and understanding? Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live performance actions. Students will conduct research, view and critique live performance and create cosmologies of their creative influencers. Open to all students interested in exploring their previously uncharted performative potential.

Participants are encouraged to bring:

  • questions about their own work and practice that they are willing to unfold and share within a group environment

  • radical costumes that disguise their bodies

  • one or more personal items they feel comfortable sharing and working with in public space

For those

of us

who were

imprinted with fear

like a

faint line in the center of our foreheads

learning to

be afraid with our mother’s milk

for by this



illusion of some safety to be found


heavy-footed hoped to silence us

For all of



instant and this triumph

We were never meant to survive.

– Audre Lorde, A Litany For Survival