Our stories and our bodies reveal our deepest humanity, power, and joy. Reconnect with your authenticity and selfhood in a powerful workshop led by master teacher and theatrical jazz artist Omi Osun Joni L. Jones. Through movement, truth-telling, and collaboration, this workshop explores the themes of vulnerability, life challenges, embodied stories, family history, and intention. This workshop is open to anyone interested in opening themselves and exploring artmaking as strategies for social change—you need not be an artist to participate! 

In this workshop participants will be asked to

  • Engage in an improvisational process
  • Give voice to and embody their personal identities/culture(s)/memory/family/
  • history/socio-political reality/dreams
  • Create and embody art
  • Explore the relationship between art and their lives
  • Learn from their bodies
  • Consider the relationship between spirit, art, healing, and service
  • Share their work with others

Participants should bring writing materials (paper and pen/pencil), and dress comfortably for easy movement.

“It is important that we push beyond political and intellectual approaches to the world’s problems, and pursue alternative possibilities.  These possibilities include the structures of theatrical jazz—improvisation, ensemble building, virtuosity, and joy.  When we foreground these strategies, we allow ourselves to be present with our vulnerability, to take risks, to innovate, and to live more fully in the world as the selves we want to be.  Doing this individual work is the foundation for strong communities, neighborhoods, and gathering places.  I offer these strategies to others for individual expansion and community power.”

— –Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Community Education Center (CEC)

3500 Lancaster Avenue

Philadelphia, PA, 19104
United States

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Major support for Modupúe | Ibaye has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.