INNER DANCE (APRIL) Decolonize Your Joy- A Liberation Circle
This month our ceremony welcomes lightness, it welcomes laughter, it welcomes joy, it welcomes Love. This month we re-member our ancestors in their most rooted living, in connection to land and waters and the celestial. We re-member them and ourselves in the honoring of our Joy and Wonder. We will be calling in the parts of our lineage that saw hope in the future, that visioned liberation for us and through us, that dreamed of our rising and ushered it in.
We call in the vibrancy of our Ancestor’s who Love us with fierce joy and who invite us to Love ourselves and those who will come after us with even more radical and liberated Love.
Let us re-member. Let us celebrate. Let us give gratitude. Let us be in-joy. Let us Love and be Loved. Let choose freedom, together.
NOTE: For all those that come to this gathering please bring an item to honor someone who has transitioned in death to place on Altar space
*Inner Dance as practiced by Jana Lynne Umipig is not a Dance class, it is a conscious trance, and way of connecting to the ancestral. The work is rooted in Pilipinx ancestral energy work, cultivated from the island of Palawan and seeks to be a means for Decolonization practice in the Diaspora.
All are welcome though childcare and pets are not accommodated for.
Jana Lynne (JL) Umipig is a multidisciplinary artist, liberation educator, healer and activist who seeks to elevate understandings and rememberings of self as a reflection of her own life's journey toward decolonizing, re-indigenizing and humanizing self.
JL received her BA in Theatre at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine (where she spent 3 years organizing with the collegiate organization Kababayan) and her MA at New York University in Educational Theatre for Communities emphasizing participatory, social justice oriented theatre. She also studied Physical Theatre and Mask work at the Commedia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She has a certification with the Empowerment Institute through the role as a founding member of the Global Justice Institute at El Puente - one of the leading Afro-Latinx education and community activation organizations.
She has traveled to communities throughout the world sharing her cultivated knowledge of processes that activates and support self and community healing and empowerment. Particularly, JL has committed herself to bringing the presence of her ancestors from the Philippine diaspora into every space, with cultural teachings and practices being implemented in all of her work. She is the creator of The Journey of a Brown Girl and Raised Pinay reflective of her “Theatre as Ceremonial Liberation” and “For the Movement Theatre” pedagogies. She also is the creator of Kapwa Tarot, a diasporic Pilipinx divination tool that has been exchanged across the US and all over the world including Singapore, China, Australia, France, the UK and the Philippines
She is a core member of The Center for Babaylan Studies and a practitioner at Minka Brooklyn. Through these central communities in her life extends sacred space for Pilipinx Kapwa seeking to learn and remember healing practice, ritual/ceremony and knowledge connected to our ancestral traditions.
Currently JL is a founding Theatre Teacher creating a 4 year Revolutionary Theatre Program at a high school in East Brooklyn where she works to “Rehearse Revolution” with her students and prepare them to enact change for liberation in their lives and the world.
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