TO NURTURE. TO EMPOWER. TO GROW AS DECOLONIAL ACTION.
In this new and extended workshop programme participants will explore and engage with this question: ‘How Do We Live Now?’. A question that will move through present self-exploration all the way to embodying futuristic ideas for a more just society and everything in between.
Each session will be facilitated and supported by artistic leader Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson. As a socially engaged theatre-maker, poet/playwright, workshop practitioner and grassroots community organiser she will bring her unique ‘HIT THE GROUND’ approach to the fore – inviting participants to play, move, speak, listen, sing, draw, write and build objects. Working through associated themes and exercises related to our interconnection as human beings. E.g What can we learn from Trees? Roots: What grounds you to the moment? Trunk: What do you connect with? Branches: What are you reaching towards? Blossoms: What do you create/free?
Uniting creative tools, collective spirit and social justice frameworks to leave participants with an enhanced sense of connection, self awareness and liberated purpose.
Workshops will be facilitated towards creating an inclusive, anti-oppressive, safe-space. Every session will start with grounding exercises to establish the various needs of the group/ space in relation to your individual journey. For collective growth to happen, we must create mutual recognition across lines of race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, class and other socially constructed identifiers and privileges. For marginalised people to be respectively centred and platformed. Any behaviours deemed oppressive will not be tolerated.
All levels of skill/ experience are welcome; everyone is encouraged to come with themselves into the space. The desire to stretch and expand sense of self is the only skill needed where we will journey into/ through/ beyond what this all means at various levels.
It is time to come together, to Speak into the Silence, Move like we Matter and Connect like Community. So Let’s have some fun, get sweaty and make a party!
Up for the journey?
Register your space now. Link HERE. Tickets are on a sliding scale basis: £7 / £11 / £15 depending on income. Please think carefully about what you can afford, noting that the programme is independently run with no external financial support. If the ticket category you require is sold out please contact directly. A small number of spaces will be held on the door, however advanced booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.
If you’re unable to afford a ticket from the options above and would still like to attend, there are a limited number of pay-what-you-can / free volunteer tickets. Please contact Lateisha directly firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
THE LOW- DOWN
*YOU CAN BOOK FOR ANY NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS*
Each workshop will work as ‘drop – in” as well as a course building towards creative/ collective outcomes. This is to make it as open as possible, as well as giving value and commitment to the full process.
11th August 2018 11-2pm (workshop 1)
25th August 2018 11-2pm (workshop 2)
22nd September 2018 11-2pm (workshop 4)
6th October 2018 11-2pm (workshop 4)
20th October 2018 11-2 (workshop 5)
Location: Platform, Southwark, 1 Joan Street, SE1 8BS
Unfortunately the space is not wheelchair accessible. If you have other accessibility question please contact email@example.com
WHAT TO BRING
Yourself! Come willing to share your energy into a group process. Listening! To one another, yourself and the space. Curiosity! The desire to meet new people, explore question and learn. Water and Snacks!
ABOUT HIT THE GROUND
Hit The Ground is a creative collective space founded in 2013 by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Kes Gill-Martin. Hit The Ground began as a performance making vehicle – and has now evolved into a collective theatre project and producing space towards social awareness and social justice.
Between 2013- 2014 with residencies at Free Word Centre, Lyric Hammersmith and the Barbican, Hit The Ground’s collective of multi-disciplinary artists including actors, musicians and videographers made collaborative work that asked what it means to Grow – personally, politically, socially and environmentally. Researching and developing through Lateisha’s play-text ‘A Tree’, exploring these themes through creative exercise and human body, through theatre as art form and institution. Through this, Hit The Ground grew into something bigger– a way of working that is all encompassing, non-hierarchical and invites participants and the spaces to be activated.
From 2015 onwards Lateisha and Kes of Hit The Ground have partnered with collaborators such as; Cardboard Citizens – designing a new workshop programme for people with experience of homelessness to playfully engage with collective empowerment and solidarity, ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW & Belarus Free Theatre – creating a new model of post-show discussion to create dialogue addressing the effects and conditions of psychosis within state institutions and Actors For Human Rights/ Ice and Fire – to produce and direct an event about the UK asylum system.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a London Artist of Jamaican heritage working in Theatre, Poetry and Workshop/Gathering spaces. She is a member of Arts Council England supported Artistic Directors Leadership Programme, a two-year training programme for innovative leaders of colour across the UK. She’s been awarded the Jerwood Performing Arts Micro-Bursary for a new Afro-futurist Live Art work about the relationship between colonialism and climate change.
She is a Community Facilitator; currently working with the Yard Theatre’s young artist’s to direct a radical new work by 12-16 y/o. She has also worked with The Advocacy Academy as well as Talawa theatre company to bring anti-racist froum theatre techniques to the NHS. She is founder of grassroots community creative sharing night WRD PRTY and was also a committee member for DIY Space For London – a cooperatively-run social centre in Peckham to promote the ideas of mutual aid.
As an Actor she is working on the ‘Wonder Project’ by Shrinking Space at Kew Wakehurst – project “to become more mindful of the intricate relationships within nature” through interactive installations. Highlights of her poetic career include Green Man Festival, Roundhouse Slam Finalist, Hammer & Tongue Team Slam Finalist, Apples and Snakes poet/blogger/podcaster. She is a member of the prestigious Soho Theatre Writers Lab, and along with support from Spread The Word she is writing her second play ‘S/he B/reathes’; an Afro-futuristic super powered queer labyrinth set in a polluted colonised world…