JVP-Philly is thrilled to host Lela Aisha Jones of Dancing For Justice Philly / FlyGround for a movement class and discussion... No movement experience necessary! Beginners welcome!
$15 general, $10 artists & activists. No one will be turned away!
12:45-1:30-discussion with JVP-Philly
FlyGround’s Dancing for Justice Philadelphia Initiative or DFJ Philly / FlyGround will provide a Coming Together + Release & Restoration Session to individually and collectively process the state of our U.S. racial relations and the continuum of violence as an answer to difference in our societal interactions. We will also utilize movement as a socially immersive foundation geared towards bringing cultural consciousness, release, and restoration. The session will be taught by Lela Aisha Jones.
FlyGround is the creative home for the artistic work of Lela Aisha Jones and a multi-initiative platform that also houses Dancing for Justice Philadelphia and The Requisite Movers. FlyGround gathers artists, educators, researchers, organizers, activists, and advocates to provide intimate movement-based spaces invested in cultivating a society with more nurtured, insightful, and harmonized human beings. We specialize in experiences that feel homegrown over generations and alive in the body with a contemporary pulse. We prioritize archiving diasporic narratives and movement, bringing nuance and imaginative vibrancy to dialogues concerning lived experiences of blackness.
Lela Aisha Jones is a native of Tallahassee, FL who resides in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of FlyGround, her creative home, where she cultivates her diasporic movement practice and artistry. She is the lead centralizer/organizer for the Dancing for Justice Philadelphia initiative and co-founder (with Deneane Richburg) of The Requisite Movers. Lela defines herself as a movement artist and a catalyst dedicated to creating transformative spaces through education, media, performance, and restorative activism.
Artistic Statement: I create living movement histories that lusciously archive, re-imagine, and cultivate diasporic lineages of angst and delight in the body to multiply the stories of blackness. I dance and make dances that expose and question human/woman/black/nomadic realities and potentialities. I move coherently through cultures and traditions, meeting where I can, and realizing where I vary. I am grounded in homegrown U.S. vibes. I am traces of many. I am consciously here.
The Whole Shebang is not wheelchair accessible.