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Insurgent Storytellers

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William Syldor-Severino

on 24 March 2018

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"The particle is never separated from that field, and the field affects the movement of the particle in certain ways...action at a distance: Things that are far away from each other profoundly affect each other."
(Bohm, Peat, 1987)
sIMILAR TO BOHMIAN QUANTUM PARTICLES, THERE IS THE CORE OF A PARTICLE, INHERENT TO THAT PARTICLE, AND "A" FIELD AROUND a PARTICLE, THAT PERMANENTLY CONNECTS IT TO OTHER PARTICLES.
THIS TRANSCOMMUNALITY EXISITNG IN & in RELATION TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS, BOTH BETWEEN AND WITHIN
Individuals as particles in IGD Interaction
THESE SOCIAL GROUPS EXISTING HETEROGENEOUSLY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL, TRANSCOMMUNALY
INDIVIDUAL AS MEMBER OF VARIOUS SOCIAL GOUPS
grounding the navigation of chaos in protecting/responding to the act of living
In T.O.P, Fantasy is a way of grounding engagement in a concrete purpose
Performers who educate, facilitate, and attempt to motivate their peers through Theater & DialogUe, IGD Elements
Demographics:
1/3 Genderqueer, Gender Nonconforming
1/3 POC/PGM

Queering IGD Pegagdy & Facilitation for Peer Theatre groups in Higher ed.
Rehearsal for Revolution
Flesh
Will Syldor-Severino, M.eD Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst
SOME Key Terms & Concepts:
- Transcommunality (Childs, 2003)
- Corporealization (Haraway, 1997)
- Ethics of Respect (lightfoot, 2000)
- Theatre of the Oppressed (boal, 1970)
- IGD (Zuniga Et Al, 2007) (Bohm)
- "Flesh, Bone, Heart" (Rendon, 2009)
- RADICAL DHARMA (WILLIAMS ET AL., 2016)
- ANIMISM (bAI, xxxx)
- DECOLONIZATION (TUCK ET AL., xxxx)

FROM STRUCTURAL TO FUNCTIONAL
The Core Components of these bodies: Flesh, Bone, and Heart
fantastical corporealization, building "bodies of engagement. These bodies are transcommunal constructions, and hold the potential for qualities that human bodies contain or demarcate (fear, intuition, Eros, imagination, emotion, etc.)
Flesh: The living, responsive, and discriminating/protecting boundary. The Flesh is intimately formed, and protects the body
using bodies of engagement in Shaha, to organize and navigate IGD and Troupe member training/education, may offer a way to simultaneously attempt to recognize and regard the myriad ways we interact, & utilizing this recognition in how we write and build performances, while also assisting in constructing contextualized goals and forms of engagement grounded in an ethics of respect, SJE methodologies, and T.O.P-esque goals.
Some Potential Manifestations of Flesh: Mission Statements, Group membership Practices/Cut oFfs, Goals
Bone: The living, Responsive, Overall Structure. The Bones are also intimately formed, and provides support and structure for the body. The Bones resist breakage, and are able to heal
Some Potential Manifestations of Bone: Conflict Navigation And How it Occurs, Facilitation, The logistical and Leadership Aspects/Structures of a space
Heart: Living, Responsive, and controlling corporeal nexus/ core. The heart as an implicit consciousness, and container of erotic, bodily, and carnal memory. There are Theories of the heart holding and being able to transmit memory, and possessing its own consciousness.
Some Potential Manifestations of Heart: Under-girding Theories, Community/Group Guidelines/Intentions, etc., accountability structures, imagination, How feelings and emotions are understood
BOne
Heart
Insurgent Storytellers: “Shaha” and Flesh-Bone-Heart Pedagogy
Moving From Structural to Functional
Queer Futurities/Temporalities
Rehearsal for Revolution
Seditious Peer to Peer Engagement
Responsive, Dialogic, From rupture
Transparent, Dialogic, Transformative
Unstable, stable, transgressive, Chaotic
individuals in IGD constantly engaged in multiple forms of interaction: Material, Immaterial, Biological, Erotic, Emotional, Discursive, Physical, Spiritual, Etc.
The Boundaries between entities are constructed in relation, in context, and simultaneously through different lens, often appearing and disappearing with rapidity.
Certain elements of IGD occurring in this "space between"; this can be chaotic
FORMING BODIES OF ENGAGEMENT
Shaha:The Storytellers, A Social Justice & Diversity Peer Theater Troupe AT UMASS Amherst
Next Steps
Further research:
Puar
Massumi
Queer Indigenous Studies
Qwo-Li Driskill
Andrea Smith
Zapatistas & Science
Storyteling for Social Justice
Kimmerer
Paulo Freire
Antonia Darder
Human Systems
Testimonios
Lorde's Erotic
"Shaha’s theory must be able to change and respond to the new testimonios its participants bring. At the same time, it must have some structure that may be able to survive the rigors of existing in a large and sometimes hostile institution, while also maintaining a social justice focus, and a praxical dialogic form of engagement. I think fantasy offers a way to do this, but specifically a fantasy imagined through the restraints and possibilities of our bodies."
Subversive Facilitation
Clandestine Imagination
Seditious Peer to Peer Dialogue & Discussion
Pulling from the Work of Lee Mun Wah & Stirfry Seminars
Centering Rage & Rupture, taking risks
Focusing on Insurgence, rebellion
trained
Investing in rhizomatic fantastical construction
An Imagination that invalidates the prevailing and immediate institution
Inciting Peer to Peer Engagement that undermines the prevailing and immediate institution
Peer-led, Peer Imagined, supported by facilitator
Lorde's Erotic
Radical Dharma
Vipassana
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