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The Museum of Us: Embodiment Workshop

An artist led workshop inspired by imagining an accessible future.

Raina Peterson, a person with long dark hair, stands in a darkened space, their face and shoulders illuminated by a theatre light. Their head is throw back and their mouth is slightly open, as if in a reverie.

Drawing on their practice as a yoga and dance teacher, Raina will lead participants on a journey back to our bodies, the ground and the world around us after months of feeling untethered by digital overload and the stress of a global pandemic. Participants will learn playful techniques to release tension and express emotion, incorporating breath, mindfulness and movement.

This workshop is inspired by the intention behind Raina’s ‘Stim Dance’ in the Museum of Us, imagining an accessible future where stimming and other forms of self-regulating, calming and expressive movements are an accepted and celebrated part of Victoria’s social landscape.

This Event is part of Alter State’s Digital Launch. Alter State is a celebration of disability, creativity and culture presented in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria.

This event will be recorded for archival purposes. All questions and comments made by attendees during the event will be captured as part of this recording.

Once you click Register you will have up to 20mins to complete the online registration. This includes setting up an Arts Centre Melbourne account if you don’t already have one.

If you need support booking a ticket or have any questions email or phone 1300 182 183.

About Raina Peterson

Raina Peterson is a dancer-choreographer of Fiji-Indian and English heritage who was born and raised on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people. Raina creates moving experimental dance works that respect and challenge both traditional and contemporary dance. With a substantial body of new work including five company productions, Raina‘s works draw on their training in mohiniyattam, classical Indian dance of Kerala, and are critically-acclaimed for their subversive and visceral approach to exploring the diasporic experience, cultural identity, colonialism, gender diversity and sexuality. Their full-length works with dance partner Govind Pillai include In Plain Sanskrit (2015, FCAC), Bent Bollywood (2018, Midsumma Festival, shortlisted for a National Dance Award), Third Nature (2019, Arts House), Kāla (2019, Due West Festival) and award-winning dance film Drishti (2020, winner of two Fringe Awards). They are currently working on a solo work, Maya (in development, Arts House, 2022). They are board member of Peril Magazine, co-director of Karma Dance and are a yoga and dance teacher. Raina’s neurodivergence informs their arts practice.

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The Museum of Us was funded by the Victorian Government for Victoria Together.

The Museum of Us: Embodiment Workshop is supported by the City of Melbourne.

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