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Every Anus is a Portal/Harmless Dancing with Hana van der Kolk
Mascher Space Cooperative
Philadelphia, PA
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Jan 11, 2020 12:00 PM

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Sliding Scale $15 - $50 $15.00 ($16.74 w/service fee) Sales Ended
Please pay any amount from $15 - $50 that strikes a balance between your financial situation and the time and energy of the teaching artist and the space.
Stay tuned for other Mascher workshops and events. Please note that we have moved from the location that we were at before at Cecil B. Moore and Mascher. We are still in the process of setting up the new space fully and changing over all of our online presence to reflect our current home at 2519 Germantown Ave. Come back to Mascher the following weekend to check out an evening of three new dance works by Meghan Frederick & Kate Seethaler, Hassan Syed, and Mira Treatman.


Every Anus is a Portal/Harmless Dancing with Hana van der Kolk
About the workshop:
I've been moving with a curiosity about energetic sphincters and actual sphincters in the body, with a vested interest in the anus as a very real, fleshy site of de-shaming and care-full mediation between inner and outer. So, we'll move through breathing, awareness and movement practice centered around this sphincter work, which seems to lend itself to at once subtle, vulnerable, bold, and deeply pleasure-filled moving. A sweaty workout time will tread between aerobics absurdity, gender fuckery, bodily conundrums, communal folk dance, and mindful movement. Some group inquiry/practice will place intimacy with self, other, and surroundings and an embodied culture of harmlessness and care at the center of a shared value system for working. Text, coming from radical, contemplative feminisms and spirituality studies will dance with our dancing (i.e. we'll read a bit together). We'll also speak with one another and perhaps write a bit. This workshop is open to all bodies and levels of experience with movement/dance/performance/contemplative practice.

Sliding Scale $15-$50
Mascher Artists in Residence take for FREE.
Interested in becoming an artist in residence at Mascher? More info:

About the space:
At the new Mascher Space Cooperative (we moved as of Dec. 1st 2019!!!!)
2519 Germantown Ave., Unit #215
Phila, Pa. 19133

*new space is right off the 23 Bus and is about an 8 minute walk from the North Philadelphia stop on the BSL subway.  There is a parking lot next to the space accessible by the small street behind it Cadwallader St.

*new space is up one flight of steps, and there is currently not an elevator in the building. For other accessibility questions or concerns, call (215) 901-5226

About Hana:
Hana van der Kolk is a Troy, NY-based artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist and facilitator of community events and spaces. They are currently pursuing the practice-based PhD in Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where they are researching creative, body-centered practices towards more interconnected and livable futures. This research takes the form of events, ritual, performances, videos, material remnants, texts, and curricula for radical, embodied approaches to restoration and relinquishment in the face of untenable pasts and terrifying futures. Hana received an MFA in Dance from UCLA in 2008 and has performed internationally. They have been on the art/dance/performance faculty of Williams College, Marlboro College, and the School for New Dance Development, and have guest taught at numerous universities, healing and community centers, and DIY spaces throughout the U.S. and Europe. Hana often teaches under the name radial diamond kinetics, offers personalized dream, counseling, and sexual healing sessions for individuals, contributes heavily to the workings of the community bike shop Troy Bike Rescue and is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Tomislav Feller, which took the form of the ceremony performance nothingnessXXX in Amsterdam and Zagreb in 2018.

About Mascher:
Mascher Space Cooperative is a home for new dance in Philadelphia. Artist imagined, artist founded, artist shared and run, Mascher is a nonprofit that provides affordable and versatile space. We are a community of support that cultivates deep problem solving and artistic inquiry in continuing our practices. Bound not by aesthetics, but a common commitment to working cooperatively and sharing tasks and resources, Mascher nurtures the development of all its members at various stages in their careers, lines of research, and explorations.


Mascher Space Cooperative (View)
2519 Germantown Ave., Unit 215.
Philadelphia, PA 19133
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Mascher Dance INC
On BPT Since: Sep 27, 2012
Christina Gesualdi
(215) 901-5226

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