Breaking Atoms: B-Girl Being + Knowing in the cypher*
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Breaking Atoms: B-Girl Being + Knowing in the cypher*

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Drawing on the solidarity and mad love generated from the early 2000’s ladiesluvhiphop movement and beyond, Breaking Atoms: B-Girl Being + Knowing in the cypher is where women of colour B-Girls + dance educators are front and centre.  Through a public jam and conversation Demi aka demiltion bgirl, Melo, Sammie and Stash will explore ideas and experiences of battling, belonging and agency with DJ Naru.  Be part of an auspicious conversation + jam with a community of B-Girls and educators embodying, generating and sharing knowledge cypher-style at Black Tourmaline. P.S this is not a panel discussion.

*The cypher is an intense, intimate and/or public dynamic space in hip-hop culture where battles take place in addition to the sharing of style, personality and skills (movement and lyrical dexterity) through active listening, observation and participation. In terms of breaking, the cypher is most often a contested space and/or an improvised and often mobile dance circle and is a revered site of potentiality in relation to one’s self and others’ physical states of being.

All Welcome, no registration required.

Artist bios

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Mary Qunisacara

Mary Quinsacara as a 90’s hip-hop head from the Latinx diaspora is driven to celebrate and  make visible community knowledge that is practiced outside of formal institutions of learning. Since as a teenager being struck by the multi-dimensional power of hip-hop culture Mary started as an emcee on the Nuffsaid Records label and later with her co-conspirator Liones formed the group Illevel. She co-founded the ladiesluvhiphop collective and Co-Directed/Produced All the Ladies documentary with Colleen Hughson (currently in the Aus Music Vault) and Co-Creatively Produced MASSIVE hip-hop choir with Liss Gabb. She’s currently working on a podcast with her cohealth Arts Generator fam called They did, didn’t They due for release mid 2019.


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demi aka demilition b-girl

Hailing proudly from the Philippines, Demi Sorono a self taught B-girl (breakdancer) and Hip Hop dancer definitely made her mark as one of Australia's favourite dancers on "So You Think You Can Dance 2008".  When it comes to performing on stage, she is a force to be reckoned with. A devoted mum to her 8 year old son, she still manages to teach around Melbourne along with creating and performing her one woman show "A Touch Of Grace - Shadow Warrior" (Phunktional) at the Melbourne Fringe 2015.  Demi is a pocket rocket who exudes an energy that is infectious and a commitment to her craft that can only be described as utterly fearless! Demi is a teacher/facilitator/mentor of Hip Hop Dance workshops all around Melbourne at Primary and Secondary schools since as well as working with young people who are incarcerated. Most recently Demi  opened up her little dance studio in Doncaster - "Demilition Dance Studios". She also is an actor and stunt woman.



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Stash

Stash is a member of Australian BGirl crew Form One Lane, Heartbreakerz (FLA), and Zulu Kweenz Worldwide. She is the founder and producer of the International BGirl Competition “She Got Game”.

Stash is originally from Auckland, New Zealand where she was introduced to Bgirling before relocating to Melbourne, Australia in late 2003. After a disheartening start she returned several years later with more determination and focus to make an impact on the Australasian Bboy scene as a strong and influential Bgirl.

She Got Game was first created in Melbourne in 2007 and followed in 2008. In 2010 it was held at the legendary BBoy Summit, produced by Asia One in Los Angeles, California. This groundbreaking collaboration was the first time in history that an Australian competition was held internationally in conjunction with an overseas event. She Got Game created a platform for Bgirls at an elite level, to battle against one another at the highest standard of international Bgirl competition, previously unseen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SN&hl=fr&v=2XfzR9BQ858


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Sammie Williams

Sammie is an independent dancer whose artistic practice ranges from performing and choreographing to teaching and facilitating. She works and performs across a variety of styles from contemporary to commercial and hip hop. Sammie is the co-director of Elements Collective a hip hop dance company passionate about working across arts education and cultural innovation for the hip hop dance community.

Sammie wrote and directed the children’s hip hop theatre show ‘Goldie and the 3 B-bears’ which toured regionally through Queensland and the Northern Territory.

In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the LaBoite Theatre and Mad Dance House Grant and presented a new Hip Hop Dance theatre work One Way. Most recently Sammie has performed and collaborated with community participants on the ‘They Gather’ project for Brisbane’s Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance.


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DJ Naru

Melbourne based DJ, Narumi Asada offers a knowledgeable approach to music through 15-years of experience. Since moving over from Japan in 2012, she's supported the local dance scene through blending her two passions of dancing and DJing. She prides herself in her song selections, genre versatility and crowd control. Narumi's DJing is a staple for dance competitions, community events and block parties. She has also played at local bars Boney and Section 8, and is available for anyone in search of old-school hip hop and funky good vibes.



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Melo

Melo is a DJ and Bgirl representing Heart Breakerz Crew (Miami) and Form One Lane (Melbourne). A 2 x Australian Bgirl Championship winner, she has repped her crews internationally in Asia, Europe and the United States for the last 10 years and has DJ’d Australia-wide and recently at The Notorious IBE (The Netherlands). As a Bgirl, Melo has always felt the most powerful expression of her dance in the energy of the cipher - what she considers the original and purest space of exchange in hip hop. Melo is also an amateur boxer, is the founder and designer of streetwear label Home Pacifico and owner of Migrant Coffee cafe.


























































 



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Storytelling for Critical Consciousness
Jun
15
12:00 PM12:00

Storytelling for Critical Consciousness

Photo: Denise Chapman

Photo: Denise Chapman

Storytelling for Critical Consciousness: A sharing of storybooks and folktales for diverse children and adults 

Come join Dr Denise Chapman for a morning of joyful storytellin’ for critical consciousness.  A range of stories will be shared, including folktales and stories that'll weave the audience into the performative fun. 

FREE and all welcome!

Denise Chapman is a passionate storyteller, digital media-creator, spoken word artist, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature, early literacy and new media/technology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  She has served as a literacy/inclusion specialist focused on home literacies, critical media literacy, and culturally-sustaining partnerships within diverse communities in Australia and the United States.  Denise uses oral stories, children's literature, film, pop culture, and interactive digital content as windows for critical thinking and transformative, emancipatory opportunities.  As a member of the Digital Education Research Group, Denise’s current research prioritises communities experiencing marginalisation and employs participatory, visual, creative and narrative methods to illuminate inequities and put forward social change.

Read her full bio here: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/denise-chapman

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BLK SCHOOLS DISCUSSION: Self-Determined Learning Spaces
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

BLK SCHOOLS DISCUSSION: Self-Determined Learning Spaces

Photo: Inez Trambas

Photo: Inez Trambas

“Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.” - Assata Shakur


BLK SCHOOL is interested in self-determined spaces that encourage the skill-sharing, dialogue and collective learning of Black folks in Birrarunga (Melbourne). The first BLK SCHOOL discussion is a chance to celebrate and get to know folks doing important teaching and learning in our communities.

Local educators speak to each other and us about the legacies and lineages that influence their work, and their visions for Black and Indigenous learning spaces. We talk about the challenges of learning and teaching inside institutions on this land, and different examples of self-determined education spaces created by and for us, whether they already exist, or are still being thought up.

FREE AND ALL WELCOME.

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Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Re(storying) Our Freedom

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Please join Dr Denise Chapman and special guests Sista Zai Zanda, Maxime Banks, Amarachi Okorom and Achut Thuc for ‘(Re)Storying our Freedom’ - an evening of poetry and storytelling exploring the impact of oppression on the mind and the body.  The artists will discuss a range of methods for understanding / troubling / resisting / speaking to oppressive social structures and power. FREE and all welcome.

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Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace #2
Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace #2

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What does it mean to seek peace in a world that daily robs us of it, and to seek self-connection within bodies that are so politicised?

Become grounded in your body and breath through a calming restorative yoga session. We will work through a delicious 75 minutes of movement guided by Lauren Gower, followed by a discussion about restoring, reclaiming and recentring practices.

FREE (REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL)

*This session is for people of colour.*
All equipment provided. Please wear comfortable, warm clothing. Registrations essential, limited spaces available.

Click here to register. Follow the Facebook event for updates and further details.

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Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace #1
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Siblings of the Yam: Knowing Peace #1

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What does it mean to seek peace in a world that daily robs us of it, and to seek self-connection within bodies that are so politicised?

Become grounded in your body and breath through a calming restorative yoga session. We will work through a delicious 75 minutes of movement guided by Lauren Gower, followed by a discussion about restoring, reclaiming and recentring practices.


FREE (REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL)

*This session is for women and femme folx of colour only.*

All equipment provided. Please wear comfortable, warm clothing. Registrations essential, limited spaces available.

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Performance Poetry for Mob
May
22
to May 25

Performance Poetry for Mob

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Presented by Laniyuk for this mob

A series of three workshops with local performance poet Laniyuk co-run with Alison Whittaker, Maddee Clark and DRMNGNOW’s Neil Morris. Designed specifically for mob to develop techniques in writing, publishing and performing poetry.

Day 1 with Alison will include conversations around why we write and the writing process. We’ll start with blank pages and create poetry, then receive constructive feedback to work on and bring back to the next session.

Day 2 with Maddee will look at the editing process and navigating the world of publishing. How to and where to submit. Writing and editing continues to develop your work and have a finished piece for the final workshop.

Day 3 with Neil will cover topics including maintaining energy while developing a career in the arts as an Indigenous person as well as how to keep ourselves emotionally, mentally and spiritually safe. Performance techniques will be workshopped so you’ll have a complete piece ready to share!

There will be an opportunity to perform poetry created in the workshops at an event in June. this mob is an arts collective run for and by emerging blak artists living and working in so-called Melbourne.

Dates and times:

  • Day 1: Wednesday 22nd May 9am-12pm

  • Day 2: Thursday 23rd May 9am-12pm

  • Day 3: Saturday 25th May 9am-12pm

Wheelchair accessible and snacks provided!

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Siblings of the Yam: Tongues of Fire
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Siblings of the Yam: Tongues of Fire

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Presented by BLK SCHOOL X Negro Speaks of Books

A journaling workshop led by Soreti Kadir with a focus on self-reflection. In this session, we look at affirmation as a learnt skill and practice that we can develop to support our own individual and collective spiritual, mental and social wellness.

What is affirmation and how can we expand how we think of it? How can we use writing to gain a greater understanding of ourselves?

If you already own or use a journal, bring it! If you don’t, we recommend getting one that you’ll continue to use.

Important info:

  • Materials available for anyone without a journal. Free event - registrations essential, limited spaces available;

  • Free event.

Click here to register. Follow the Facebook event for updates and further details.

*Siblings of the Yam is a BLK SCHOOL x Negro Speaks of Books event series inspired by bell hooks’ book, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery. Its aim is to provide space, skills and time for First Nations, Black folks and PoC to come together in dialogue about our healing and wellness.






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Noble Savage Bookclub: Parable of the Sower
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Noble Savage Bookclub: Parable of the Sower

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“This was not a book about prophecy; this was an if-this-goes-on story. This was a cautionary tale, although people have told me it was prophecy. All I have to say to that is ‘I certainly hope not’.” - Octavia E. Butler on Parable of the Sower


The Noble Savage Bookclub is a bookclub for people of colour with a focus on Black literature. We will be discussing Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 epic Parable of the Sower. Presented by Negro Speaks of Books.

Free and all welcome.



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