O.K Norris is a dance and visual artist who works across live art, drag, movement, film, and theatre. Their practice explores how society reads our bodies and how that extends to our embodiment. They are interested in disrupting normative ways of existing & thinking, in gender fluidity, rage, vulnerability, queer joy, and turning the lens on whiteness.
During this workshop, centred on the collective experience of bringing bodies together, we will explore the idea of care and stewardship and how it can be embodied through physicality and touch, especially within the queer community. Living through this extended period of isolation where close contact has been restricted, we recognise the urgency of physically coming together.
Using dance and movement-based exercises, we invite participants to explore the joy, vulnerability and perhaps even apprehension of using our bodies as a tool for connecting with each other while acting as stewards in creating a safer, consensual space of openness and curiosity for each of us to play and discover.
This workshop is Queer-led and open to all.
Come as you are and wear clothes you can move in.
Organised and facilitated by OSE Associate, Tolu Oshodi.
This workshop is taking place at Margate Arts Club, 276 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2PT
2-2.15 – intro and sharing circle
2.15-3pm: workshop3-3.15pm: break
4-4.30: optional socialising
Booking and Covid information
This session has limited places and requires booking. If you book a ticket and can no longer attend this workshop, please let us know in advance so we can offer your space to someone else.
Due to the intimate nature of this workshop, we ask all attendees to bring proof of a negative lateral flow test.
This session will involve movement, some performative elements, and touching amongst participants. If this may cause discomfort, participants are welcome to withdraw and observe if they wish at any point in the workshop.
About the artist
O.K Norris is a dance artist who works across film, performance and theatre. Their live work explores how the structure of society impacts and shapes our identity across bodies, behaviour and adornment.
O.K performs to laughable, grotesque and disturbing ends, through dance, lip syncing, DIY spectacle and dark humour.
As a performer they have worked internationally performing for Pester & Rossi, Monster Chetwynd, Donna Huanca, Oriana Fox, Cecile B Evans, Molly Palmer, Beth Kettel, Bhebhe&Davies, Joseph Bond and Rebecca Lloyd-Evans.
Solo and collaborative works have been shown in a variety of contemporary contexts such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, Shoreditch Town Hall, Walker Gallery, Baltic39 and multiple film festivals.
Since 2014 they have collectively directed work with the performance group STASIS, and in 2018 they won a Fringe First at Edinburgh Festival with the theatre company ThisEgg.