Group 13- Giovanna Larios, Samuel Juarez-Solis, Trey Lowe, Jaylynn Lyons, Corinne Mclntyre, Noah Su’A-Godinet
On March 16th 2019, our group had the opportunity to embark on an adventure to the Womxn Who Rock Conference at the Centilia Cultural Center in Seattle Washington. This event invited the community to come together to have an experience that would open their minds to a new culture and perspective on music and dance. In this environment, individuals are able to join together and undergo sensitive topics such as sexism and racism with the use of dance and music. People were able to learn and watch dance and how there are intense meanings that go along with them. Our pictures and interviews are representations of the communal environment of this conference and express the diversity that electrified the room. We wanted to include images of the community learning and experiencing the dances and witnessing the love and excitement that brought such a unique spirit into the room. All members of the conference had a special quality to them which made this event so interesting and wonderful. You could truly see how the community came together as one while dancing and singing. Everyone appeared to be comfortable in their own skin and weren’t afraid to mess up or try something new.
This photo represents the category “Making Scenes”, because Eliana is a “Scene Maker”. As a participant in learning the bomba and Jarocho, she contributed to the success of the event. As individuals participating in the lesson, we were able to experience how important it is to gather with a community and learn traditions that are important to different groups of people.
In this photo Iris Viveros performs a deeply personal and emotional poem along with dance, and it is an example of the category “Building Communities”. This is because she is using her dance and spoken word to share her life story with the audience, creating a bond between the performer and viewer. This performance was very special as an audience member, and I felt that Iris Viveros shared a significant part of herself in her words and dance.
This photo represents the category “Building Communities” because organizers set up this Altar before the event, and as the community gathered, they could watch a slideshow of previous WWR events, and observe all of the different artworks. This altar really represents how a community can come together and produce something both meaningful and beautiful.
In this photo, the drummers gathered represent the category “Building Communities”. It fits in this category because the drummers are communicating with each other, the dancers, and the audience. While doing so, they are spreading and teaching the jarocho tradition to others. As individuals in the audience, we were surprised by how included we all felt with the drummers. Learning the beats and rhythms through dance provided a genuine experience of community.
This photo represents the category “Building Communities” because there are many different people who contributed to the making of this event, and it wouldn’t have been the same without this diverse group of people. The panel was open to sharing there stories and passion about the event and how beautiful it is to see so many different individuals come together. By coming together, with the help of many others, they could create this event.
Taking part in the learning of traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba at the conference represents the category “Building Communities”, because the participation of the audience was important in the event’s goal to teach the community this traditional dance. Everyone was brought together to become familiarized with another cultures traditions not commonly seen everyday.
The conversations and performances that we watched at the conference went hand in hand to the topics that we covered in class. We were able to experience and learn how to perform Bomba, which was an illuminating experience to have. Seeing the excitement and smiles everyones faces had flowed throughout the whole venue. By talking to the community members, our group was able to witness the impact the conference has on each and every person. People found it a place where they could be theirselves and have an amazing time without judgement. Women and men from all different backgrounds at the conference were able to share their story and thoughts on the conference and how it has personally impacted them. What our group took away from this conference was that by working together as a community, a larger impact can be made. Moreover, as a group, we were able to collaborate and learn more from each other by completing our individual roles of the project. Overall, the Womxn’s conference was an enlightening and compassionate experience that allowed us to open our minds to new ideas that furthered our understanding on the concepts we covered in class.
Below is an interview with Sam as the interviewer and Weecho as the interviewee:
Sam:Hello I’m Sam, about to interview…
Sam: Weecho… okay so what does this (un)conference mean to you?
Weecho: The (un)conference means to me a place where you can be yourself, a place where you can learn, without judgement or fear of others, um just fun times. Just laughs all day. Moving your body, changing your mind, invoking the spirit, that’s what the (un)conference means to me.
Sam: Dang that’s beautiful, thanks
Sam: Ah, second question. What is most significant to you about today?
Weecho: About today, hmm can I take a moment to think about that?
Weecho: thank you.
Weecho: The fact that it’s still going. I know they had some troubles last year, and they had to go over to Yakima. And there not over in capitol hill anymore. But the fact that they’re still here, and they’re still doing this, and Michelle’s energy is still amazingly up there… that to me is my takeaway for the day. It’s just great energy all around.
Sam: Dang, thanks so much Weecho!
Weecho: Yeah Sam no problem
Sam: Awesome interview!
Weecho: And thanks much for coming up to me and asking.
Sam: Yeah thank you!
Below are the links to the live blog posts written by Jaylynn Lyons: