An improvisation & flow class that seeks to dismantle gendered restrictions on movement. "Queering Flow" assists movers in breaking colonial gender movement standards in support of a more fulfilling movement practice. Through this class, dancers will gain tools to explore & curate their relationship to themselves and the world around them through their movement practice. Rather than ignoring the constructs of gender within movement language, this class seeks to broaden and inform the spectrum of movement language beyond codified expectations. Movers are welcome to bring flow apparatuses they regularly work with if it supports their movement exploration, or participate using only their bodies.
About the Artists:
Formed in 2020, Such Creatures supports the collective investigations of Ashaand Simone and Luke Greeff, two Trans & Gender Non-conforming movement artists invested in the exploration of inherent energetic systems, expanding the narrative surrounding queer and neurodivergent movement in the process. Such Creatures employs a broad spectrum of movement (including contemporary dance, acrobatics, and aerial arts) in the interest of finding various extensions of the self, presented to audiences in multidisciplinary experiences with a commitment to both mental and physical accessibility and safety. The work of Such Creatures can be defined by the phrase: “Trans Audacity.”
Lucas Greeff (ze/he/they) is a dancer, choreographer, and circus artist whose work focuses on expanding the scope of queer & neurodivergent performance, engaging inherent energies, and challenging physical extremity through movement experiment. Luke received their BA in Theatre from Florida State University, where ze performed and worked for the FSU School of Dance. Luke’s past works include Missile Kid, Bo(ix)y(e) Division, Carnal Inferno, Spectrum, and the Trapping Butterflies Project (artists against domestic violence). Former dancer for St. Petersburg Ballet Company and Joel Hall Dancers; Luke’s ongoing artistic affiliations include Yes Ma’am Circus, Reminiscent Circus, Lucid Banter Project, Synapse Arts, Old Town School of Folk Music, Kenwood School of Ballet, Aloft Circus Arts, and Dance Avondale. Luke is the co-founder and co-director of Such Creatures, and leads movement practices tailored for queer and neurodivergent movers. Learn more by following andro_x_alien on instagram.
Ashaand Simone (they/ (he)) uses movement to poke at the boundaries of internal and external perception, with a focus on the trans body and experience. Their recent choreographic creations include work for Project Bound Dance, collaborations as a co-conspirator of Such Creatures and member of Ishti Collective, as well as sweet moves up and down the North Halsted Strip as Ashaandti and for artists including Abhijeet, Holy Marina, and Gigi Madid. Movement direction work includes Grace (or the Art of Climbing) and Les Innocents, and music video collaborations for Modaff the Band and Cupid Youth. They were the founder and Artistic Director of the North Park University Movement Collective, a dancer for the Spectrum Dance Theater Academy under Donald Byrd, and specialize in Trans Audacity. Today, you can see this audacity on display performing regularly with Such Creatures, Ishti Collective, and Mandala South Asian Performing Arts. Other performance credits include work with Alix Schillaci, Nick Cave, Abhijeet, Joel Hall Dancers, The Met Down, Identity Performing Arts, Rivet Dance Company, Egun Artists, The Inconvenience, Haven Theatre, Jarrett Rashad, and Kim Brandt. You can find them on Instagram @ashaandti