New Suns : A QTPoC Self-Defense Workshop
- Neilma Sidney Theatre
- October 19 | 6pm
“There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” — Octavia Butler
J Wortham (they/them) presents an evening of self-empowerment, self-determination and radical preparation. Octavia’s words acknowledged the limits of the unsatisfying reality and open the door to potentials and possibilities for creating paradigms that serve us and center us. The evening will include a 2-hour workshop of self-defense training situational awareness, intervention tactics and embodiment practices. Aftercare will include treats and sweets by FIG and a sensory soundscape by DJCD.
Our evening will honor the living memory of siblings O’Shae Sibley and DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson and others who have been unjustly killed due to rising tides of violence against Black and trans people, and seek to offer strategies of resistance and liberation for the days ahead. After all, we come from “a long line of folk who did just that—who resisted and rebelled, infiltrated and instigated, collaborated and created—in other ways. Like them, we don’t accept the truism that this is just the way things are and will always be,” as scholar Ruja Benjamin said.
This self-defense workshop is meant to serve QTPoC communities. Due to limited space, we encourage folks to keep that in mind before reserving your ticket. Prices are available on a sliding scale so choose what works best for you. Tickets will always be free for Black trans folks. Please email boxoffice@performancespacespacenewyork to reserve their spot.