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In co-opertion with Baltic Circle festival and Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

15.11.2017 12:00 16.11.2017 12:00

Workshop archive 2017 Last Yearz Interesting Negro / Jamila Johnson-Small: Soft Practice

NOTE! The enrollment has ended but there are still places available. For further information and enrolment, please contact

This workshop will draw on an interest in in-between spaces, things that slip through the cracks of time/memory/attention, syncopation, trance states, the potential of dance as radical social practice (whatever that means), electronic music, the disappearance of counter-cultures and two-step dances. Activities will resonate in the tensions between things considering the blurred boundaries of the professional and the intimate for the performing body, its audience and collaborators, navigating bodies as object, animal, human, machine, environment.

Wednesday-Thursday November 15-16 at 12noon-4pm
Place: Zodiak Studio C4
Duration: 8 h
Participation fee: 90 euro
Enrollment by October 23rd.

Jamila Johnson-Small currently makes dances and works to create spaces (on stage, in corners, on screens, in rooms, in bodies) with no single direction and no clear intentions, harbouring no desire to be useful other than to make gestures towards decentralised power and non-hierarchical structures for existing. Her practice looks to disengage with cultural systems of value that direct and inform style and in which she finds no interest or agreement. She is interested in surfaces, structures and the space/tension between things.

Looking to expose and discuss, the politics, perversities and movement of power within and around structures of production and the production of being, the information about histories and environments that bodies carry she sees as content that has the potential for talking about the world and its fuckery, or building temporary ways of being otherwise, whilst dealing in fragmentation, genre-disobedience, hybrid forms and attempts to evade capture.

Jamila is one half of duos "immigrants and animals" (now defunct) and "Project O", and works solo as Last Yearz Interesting Negro. She runs DIY event GUSH at home in London, conversation series HOTLINE with Sara Sassanelli and is happy to collaborate with some mega hot artists like Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Shelley Parker, Josh Anio Grigg and Phoebe Collings-James.

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Availability is limited, so sign up in time! Welcome letters and invoices are sent to participants’ email address immediately after registration closes. If you do not find the course letter or the invoice in your email please also check the junk mail folder.

Enrollment is binding. Cancellations must be communicated on the last enrollment day by 6 pm the latest. Please check this course's last day of enrollment from above. With the exception of injuries and illnesses certified in writing by a doctor, cancellations made later than the deadline are subject to full course fee.

Zodiak's courses and workshops can also be paid using pre-paid Liikuntaseteli and Kulttuuriseteli vouchers (Smartum Oy) as well as Virikeseteli vouchers (Edenred Oy). You can pay with the vouchers in the beginning of the first class or you can bring the vouchers to Zodiak office (open weekdays 11 am to 4 pm). It is not possible to pay the course fee with cash.

For further inquiries, please contact Elina Ruoho-Kurola,, p. 050 587 0470 (weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm).