June 27, 2015

Chani Bockwinkel 
with Caroline Alexander:
Sweating to Sappho
Lake Merritt Bandstand, Oakland


Imagine somatics + Kate Bush + Ciara: we'll get sweaty and circular, moving our A$$ muscles and feeling our insides together. Read at least one passage of Sappho (your choice; see resources below), and come ready to project yourself into history while invoking ancient greek women and contemporary goddesses. Wear gym shoes and an outfit that brings out your deep femme/tough exercise queen.


Anne Carson's "If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho"

Poems of Sappho (Julia Dubnoff, trans.)


CHANI BOCKWINKEL is a dancer person who works in photography and video. Her work was most recently shown at AUNTS, NYC and the Collage Festival in Philly. Though she has yet to reach wide acclaim within her own family- her brother's girlfriend has repeatedly praised her work.

CAROLINE ALEXANDER was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She likes to dance with Chani. Along with dance, Caroline enjoys brewing homemade beer, sewing, and plant-art projects.
Read the review, Sweating to Sappho (by Rachel Howard) in The JULY 23, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.  


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Heavy Breathing ︎ 2018

Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?