From Body to Flesh: Intersections of poetry, visual art and dance with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm



“The idea that there is such a thing as a discrete, individuated body is a fiction that we seem to live by,” offered poet and theorist Fred Moten,  “But I don’t really believe in it. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a physical and material fleshly life and presence. . . . My sense is that [art] is working right if the flesh is everywhere in it, all the time, irreducible.” Join the Carnegie Museum of Art, poet Rickey Laurentiis, and choreographer Maree ReMalia as they take these ideas to heart through braided exercises in poetry and dance, all in conversation with the photography of Deana Lawson. In this experiential workshop, participants will explore how the lyric, authentic movement and more address “fictions of the body” versus “poetics of the flesh.” We will consider how notions of the gaze intersect with injury and with care, and how all of this plays out in contemporary understandings of identity, representation and agency. Can we look upon one another with care? Can we touch and move safely? How might we write out the meanings of our lives? These and other questions will be posed. Participants should arrive in comfortable clothing suitable for basic movement and with an excitement to write and share in dialogue. All bodies are welcomed. No experience necessary.


SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration required.


Poet Rickey Laurentiis


Choreographer Maree Remalia

Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Born in South Korea, and raised in the Midwest, her work celebrates diversity by welcoming individuals across identities, abilities, and backgrounds to dance together. merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works in collaboration with dancers, theater directors, visual artists, musicians, writers, bodyworkers, students and professors across disciplines, administrators, and folks just interested in moving. Her choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival (NY) under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as Dance Place (DC), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), and Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea). She travels frequently facilitating movement experiences in professional, academic, and community settings. From 2015-2017, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency. Maree earned her MFA at The Ohio State University and is a certified Gaga instructor. She is currently adjunct faculty at Point Park University and a performer in Lida Winfield’s Imaginary. Learn about her latest project in process here. |

Location and Address

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Forum Gallery