Digital Program, October 14

Reckoning with History: Queer Witchcraft Today

Performance


Journey

(2022)

Choreography, Text, and Performance: Catherine Cabeen

Music: Cello Suite No. 1 in G by Johann Sebastian Bach,

performed by Jacqueline de Pre

 

This solo will open the panel discussion to invite the corporeal aspects of Wiccan/Pagan rituals into the space of the conversation.

 

Read

(2022)

Concept and Direction: Catherine Cabeen

Choreography and Performance: Catherine Cabeen, Marie Lloyd Paspe, Diovanna Obafunmilayo LaBeija

 

This durational movement meditation on the Tarot’s Major Arcana will loop four times at the entrance to the exhibit, The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming.

Its cyclical repetitions will begin at 7, 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45.

Artist Bios

 Catherine Cabeen, MFA, RSMT, is an artist and teacher based in NYC. She is a former dancer with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company (BTJ/AZ), the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Richard Move’s MoveOpolis!, among others. She directed Hyphen, an interdisciplinary performance company from 2009-2019. In 2011, the New York Times called the work of Cabeen’s Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex… visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.” Cabeen is a repetiteur for BTJ/AZ and an Associate Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College where she teaches Graham Technique, experiential anatomy, somatic practices, and a range of courses that explore 20th and 21st century dance history through the intersectional lenses of race, gender, and social justice movements. Cabeen also teaches at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility through MMC’s prison education program. She is a certified yoga instructor, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, and a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Cabeen has been a student of Astrology and the Tarot for 30 years. She regularly incorporates occult themes and sacred geometry in her creative work. catherinecabeen.com.

 

Marie Lloyd Paspe is a dance and vocal performer, choreographer, movement director, and educator based in lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY. Of Filipina descent, she was born in Singapore, grew up in Mississauga, Canada, migrated to Bellingham, MA in 2000, and received U.S. Citizenship in June 2019. Her choreographic interests are rooted in Filipinx-American diasporic identity work and somatic-based healing. She is interested in creating site-specific dance works and installation experiences within accessible, experiential, and white-dominated spaces. Her choreography and vocal work for stage and film have been featured in Berlin, Philippines, Israel, theaters in NYC, and MASS MoCA, MA. Marie currently performs and tours with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. She is Asian American Arts Alliance’s Jadin Wong Fellow and the recipient of Creatives Rebuild New York grant. She graduated from Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2016.

 

Diovanna Obafunmilayo LaBeija is an Afrolatina multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and writer, based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has choreographed for Grammy-nominated artists, starred in Tribeca film selects, and spoken nationally and internationally on Ballroom and Vogue cultural history as a member of the Royal House of LaBeija™. Her work lives at the intersection of her spirituality and transfemme identity/experience, to create a unique expression of Black trans thought and artistic advocacy. Her directorial debut, “When We Arrive As Flowers”, is concurrently screening at multiple film festivals nationwide. She also owns and operates an online spiritual botanica, Botanica Muñequita, where she handmakes perfumes and incense blends, provides a variety of spiritual services, and focuses her communal work as an initiated Olorisa Lukumi. You can find her on IG and Twitter at @LaDiovanna.