Led by Keith Hennessy A dance laboratory for experiments in touch, sensing, struggle, collaboration, support, resistance, and relationship. We will work with failure more than flow, with struggle more than ease. The goal of the workshop is to extend the proposals and possibilities of Contact Improvisation. Keith says, “My primary teaching/research is on the politics of relationship and how dance practices can be a laboratory for new social relations based on queer-feminist-antiracist-decolonial ethics. I tend to work mostly with duet practices, improvisation, and experimental ritual; dance practices that shift habitual embodiment and inspire more expansive perceptions – how we read and experience the world.” Remember when neoliberalism was our best tool for analyzing the current crises of solidarity, economic injustice, precarity and personal anxiety? Trumpism – as part of international movements towards radical right nationalist populism - challenges us to reconsider fascism, nationalism, fear, and security. Let's consider the dance class as prefigurative resistance and care practice (living now as we want the future to be).