Horseshoe on a Rabbit Foot
Happy February! You can feel the vibrations from the city as it snoozes out of the sun’s rays for once. We should let all the kids stay home from school on cloudy days here in Phoenix.
There was definitely some mojo in the air at the Nelson Fine Art Center @ ASU, Tempe Campus last night. The Urban program at ASU brought in featured artist Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo to share some of her secrets of dance with everybody. Check out some of Toogie’s choreographed pieces, as well as her work with the Heartbreakerz & Substance Over Hype. A truly unique & genuine human being, Toogie gave us all a slice of real life in the basement-level dance studio.
With the lights low, a crowd of 50 students took an hour out of the daily rush to stop and breathe. The workshop began as total relaxation, laying face up on the floor, releasing any pockets of tension. Every fiber, every finger, every toe. Every ligament, every bone.
- Get Free
The dancers who I thought I was getting to know transformed, existing as an instrument with the posture of an amoeba, in the rhythm of a jellyfish. “Abandon any idea, any aesthetic of what you think you should be doing..” Toogie said as she liberated everyone’s minds, with the casualness of someone working their day job. Toogie was a maestro, conducting and directing everyone’s energy (that’s not a metaphor, that was really happening).It was indeed hard not to slip into meditation as Toogie taught everyone from first-timers to hip hop veteran House Magana (see Cyphers) new ways to feel a rhythm. One student remarked that he came to learn to dance, but instead learned how to listen to himself and move accordingly. Hell yeah.
Before her workshop, Toogie agreed to have a chat-on-camera with yours truly at UrbanArtsAZ. I intended to talk to her about her life experiences, what she draws on as an artist, how she grew up, etc. (& we did talk about those things!), but the conversation inevitably turned to dinosaurs, the mass production of hip hop, the transience of the human experience, and how cool it is to insert a “z” wherever an “s” is needed in rap. It got pretty real in there. The interview will be up in next week’s page for you lucky, lucky readers, enlighten yourself!
Following the workshop was the first open session hosted by the Urban Arts Club at ASU. A jam session outfitted with electronic instruments & an open dance floor, this event is free, so come and feel the fun creative vibrations. Future open sessions & featured-artist’s workshops are planned as follows:
Junious workshop/session: Friday, Feb 21st 6-9pm. FAC 28
Coflo workshop/session: Friday, Feb 28th 6-8pm FAC 28
Shakeer workshop/open session: Friday, Mar 21st 6-8pm. FAC 28 Archie B workshop/session: Friday, April 11th 6-8pm FAC 28
It’s 7$ to participate in the workshop, but the open sessions are free. The energy was inspiring, y’all.
When he arrives in April, guest artist Archie Burnett will be hosting the Come As You Are ball, which will most definitely raise the roof. The party will be April 18th, on Tempe Campus, inside PEBE EAST. Don’t miss this!
art is the way you see the world
& Of course, as a matter of custom, WHAT’S GOING DOWN?
- · Mark your calendars for ASU’s Urban Sol event coming April 4th. The night will be a riot by the Galvin Playhouse on Tempe Campus. It’s kind of like the renaissance festival of Hip Hop in AZ, boasting a competitive dance battle between 16 teams; all in 5-on-5 rounds (they don’t wear armor but these dancers are warriors), as well as a DJ competition, featuring talent from all parts of the country (as well as DJ Tiger from Power 98.3). Bboy House will be schooling us all in the graffiti workshop, and if that wasn’t enough perpetual dopeness for you, a microphone for MCs and musicians will be rocking.(Kanon of New Breedz will be performing, among other artists TBA). Did I mention everything is free? Yeah, you read that correctly. Urban Sol is completely free, but a donation will be hosted for Cyphers, as well as a fundraiser for Jukebox Studio. The night will be one to remember, so come show love!
- · The beginning of a new month is a time to celebrate for artists here in Arizona! Take every opportunity @ Walk In Wednesdays hosted by the Tempe Center for the Arts, & Open mic night @ Fair Trade Coffee every Monday night. First Fridays too, you guys!
So long for now my friends, but remember:
eyes bright, it seems like the fight is dim in ’em (Common)
Lovely faces at Toogies Workshop