In the corner, your hands are on the small of my back and I pour into you, churning, through my skin and into yours. Finding the brim, building a bridge, sending a message, kneading the seam, unfolding and reversing. A rush of water penetrates the silence, cleaving stillness in two, and we tumble in slow motion upwards, roaring, spilling toward and away.
A portal opens.
Summoning is a free workshop facilitated by Es Morgan (they/she) and Joseph Morgan Schofield (they/them). Kinship is, for Joseph and Es, a mode of summoning and a commitment to the continual co-forging of selfhood. This commitment could be understood as the currency of meaningful relationships.
In their recent collaboration, Es and Joseph have positioned kinship as the means by which their sensate experiences of having trans* bodies are produced. In treating their own pre-existing intimacy, kinship and knowledge function as materials, their collaboration explores how relationships can be deepened and experienced anew through performance. This understanding has foregrounded their exploration of partnership, sensation, desire, devotion and summoning.
Summoning is open to pairs of artists with a pre-existing relationship – be they kin, lovers, or carers; new connections or committed collaborators. Artists should apply together. The session will be split in two. In the morning, Es and Joseph will guide pairs through a series of playful and experiential scores derived from their creative process, grounded in movement, listening, and touch. In the afternoon, pairs will be invited to share something from their own practice with each other, and Es and Joseph will offer ways into conversation, writing, exchange and transformation.
The artists intend that Summoning is a space in which consent is foregrounded and risk and experimentation are valued. Their aim is to hold space for participants to deepen their knowledge of each other, expanding their individual and collective practices.