Workshop with Justin F. Kennedy

Workshop with Justin F. Kennedy

YLDE is excited to partner with Art Holm Series to bring you programming presenting an International artist group from Belgium!

Monday, October 31 – Thursday, November 3
10 am – 12 pm each day — with ASL Interpretation available
(you can participate in as many days as you’d like!)
Prairie Theatre Exchange
3rd Floor, Portage Place
393 Portage Avenue
Pay What You Can
*Masks are required*

Please click HERE for tickets


Auto-mythologizing Dance and vocal artist, Justin F. Kennedy will share their practice of Auto-mythologizing and how the material generated translates into lucid science fiction operas. Auto-mythologizing continues a line of research about durational dance and the experience and analysis of altered states of consciousness and its further translatability into live performance. The Auto comes when the practice is so deeply embodied that it becomes second nature or automatic. The myth-making emerges after physical exercises (prompted by images, tasks and movement qualities), when the participants exchange stories, archetypes, and impressions without judgement nor hierarchy. Lucidity is an essential aspect of the work and only arises once the participants have exhausted their constraints and habits. These emergent mythologies inform and are folded into pre-existing science fictions and lay the foundation for rock operas, as well as a deeper relation to the materials. Justin’s work reclaims the value of a-live experience that disrupts notions of individual authorship, in favour of collaboration that expands towards, with, and for others.


Justin F. Kennedy aka JK (1983) is a Berlin-based dance/vocal artist, teacher and DJ originally from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. With a playful and collaborative approach, their research evolves from experiences and analysis of trance dance and its further translatability into workshops, science fiction operas, durational dance installations and film. In 2006, they earned a BA in Dance and Ethnic Studies from Wesleyan University and in 2013, an MA in Choreography from HZT Berlin. Justin’s notable projects of late include Some Murder Theatre in Here, Volksbühne Grüner Salon, Berlin (2020), UNFURL: a lucid sci-fi opera, BB11 (2020) and SPUR: a fashion western (Winter 2021). They have performed intimately with and for Emma Howes, Ligia Lewis, Louis Vuitton, Tino Sehgal, Adam Linder, Liz Kinoshita, Jeremy Shaw, Josh Johnson, BODYSNATCH, Faustin Linyekula, Jeremy Wade, Peaches, Wu Tsang amongst others.

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