Emergent polyphonic singing as Counter dominance training & culturemaking
Rhizomatic Choir is an adapted format designed for western/modern people to re-learn and re-culture our most ancient improvisational and collaborative skills. We use no discernable words or phrases, just vowel and consonant sounds, as well as our bodies and immediate earthly surroundings - no manufactured instrumentation or amplified sound devices.
We attune and listen deeply to the ecosystem of the place we are in, ourselves and the group in order to create, discover and regenerate together, in timed rounds followed by periods of silent integration & group reflection.
This is a participatory practice embedded in a collective research project based on central African hunter-gatherer polyphonic group singing -- this is the oldest continuous somatic practice of humankind, originating 300,000 years ago by our shared original grandmothers.
We learned how to sing, dance and make music BEFORE we had language and before we had written symbols of language. In the natural unknowability of their real situation, our ancestors responded to reality with collective art-making and embodied devised rituals, and that began to make us human.
We believe the omnicidal context of our accelerating planetary crisis calls for a reinvigoration of our oldest ancestral technologies for coherent, collective togetherness; to reculture, collaborate and stay rooted amidst the precarity of our current predicament.
We're touring this fall in the Pacific NW, and hitting the road in 2024 for other venues far and wide. Get on our list to learn more and keep in touch.
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Fall 2023 TouR
[THU] SepT 14, 6-7:30 PM: PORTLAND, OR (Laurelhurst Park; Text (971) 303-9718 for details)
[THU] SepT 21, 6-7:30 PM: PORTLAND, OR (Laurelhurst Park; Text (971) 303-9718 for details)
[SUN] SepT 24, 1-2:30 PM: PORTLAND, OR (Laurelhurst Park; Text (971) 303-9718 for details)
[THU] SEPT 28, 6-7:30 PM: PORTLAND, OR (Laurelhurst Park; Text (971) 303-9718 for details)
Oct 06-19: SEATTLE, BELLINGHAM
OCT 27-NOV 12: SEATTLE, TACOMA
Nov 13-20: PORTLAND
We're currently looking for just-right venues to host Rhizomatic Choirs in Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, Portland and beyond. More dates and tickets coming soon.
RC is best held in indoor spaces that can host 20-60 ppl, have a PA system, good ventilation and plenty of floor space for laying, crawling and otherwise being comfy. Super plus: yoga/movement/mindfulness studios, or athletic playgrounds/tumbling gyms/ or other play-oriented venues with mats and props for comfort, serenity and the opportunity to listen to the surroundings and each other.
Bonus for venues with access to an outside area.
RC outdoors is also possible before the rainy season: we'd love places with soft grass, semi-secluded spaces within public parks, backyards, and no need to obtain a license to gather.
Hosted by Artist-Facilitator Dare Carrasquillo of animist arts
Dare (they/them) is an animist, multidisciplinary artist-facilitator and educator. Their work explores the integration of animist practices, liberatory anti-oppression principles and nondual theater arts, which can be pithily summed up as Death Practice & Deathclown
Dare designs their art with and through lenses such as Queer Ecology, Disability Justice, trans-species animism, Dreaming and Deep Time Ancestry. Being of mixed-race heritage, chronically sick and "neuro-divergent" has been a wisdom path, poison and medicine in this life and informs all of their choices. Dare is currently based in Chinook Lands aka Portland, OR, USA.