Body Politic, Somatic Selves:
Workshops led by Jill Sigman

Tuesdays, starting October 17
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gibney Dance: 280 Broadway
$17 per session



About the Workshops

Many of us have wondered how to respond to the political climate, or what our activism should look like. How do we ask these questions without leaving our bodies behind? How do we tap into the knowledge we hold somatically?
In this laboratory style workshop for movers of all abilities, we will kinesthetically explore potent words such as healing, fighting, resistance, disruption, activism, support, protection, independence, justice, sustainability, reparation, reclamation, solidarity, and other terms floating around in our personal and political landscapes. We will use both movement improvisation and dialogue to see what ideas, solutions, and ways of moving forward bubble up when we approach our questions and dichotomies in new ways. We will look at how these words apply to the human body, the body politic, and the earth body, linking the healing of ourselves, our society, and our environment.
This workshop aims to create a kind of commons– a place to think physically about things both personal and political while in community with others. This is not a place for political argument. You don’t need to have strong opinions, and you are very welcome to come to this workshop if you are not sure what you think, or wanting a place to use your body to figure things out. Respect, openness, and curiosity are the only requirements.
Photos by Scott Shaw.


  • Jill Sigman

    Jill Sigman is a dancer, interdisciplinary artist, and agent of change whose work exists at the intersection of dance, visual art, and social practice. She choreographs with bodies and materials. Working with things society casts off such as “garbage” and “weeds”, Sigman helps us to re-see our environment, re-consider questions of value, and invent new ways of healing. Sigman has built huts out of trash in places such as The Ringling Museum of Art, a community center in Greenpoint, and a fjord in the Arctic, and has collaborated with permaculturists, farmers, and foragers.
    She was originally trained in classical ballet at The Joffrey Ballet and analytic philosophy at Princeton University, and she has been an Artist in Residence at Movement Research, The Dance Exchange, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, The Guapamacátaro Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology (Mexico), The Rauschenberg Residency, the Center for Creative Research, and the Kri Foundation (India). Sigman was a recent Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University, an Artist in Residence at the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research at NYU, and a faculty member last semester in NYU’s Open Arts program.
    Last summer, Sigman was the first Community Action Artist In Residence at Gibney Dance Center and her work Weed Heart permeated Gibney 280 via tea serving, discussion, a gallery installation, weed walks, workshops, and dance performances. This workshop builds upon the sense of community and dialogue that were part of that residency.