Move with US


This socially engaged dance party re-examines forms of inclusion and nonviolence through creating connections across personal experiences and geographical borders. We understand nonviolence as a social action that resists oppression by discovering ways of moving that shifts perceptions of (in)visibility, identity, and belonging. First, we warmed up our bodies while listening to music. Then we created distinct conditions where sharing lines of theoretical discourse about nonviolence could be understood by thinking through the body. A few of us read outloud, “When I see, do I see myself or am I only seeing through the eyes of another?” in a round. This quote is one of many parts in The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind by Judith Butler that were used to develop movement sequences.  When the event came to a close guests were invited to narrate their vision of a world without violence. 

Move with US includes multiple people’s experiences in a collaborative group structure, as a way to connect beyond simply ‘seeing’ each other while dancing in video frames on Zoom.

Near the end of the research process transindividuality became a recurring and integral element. Starting from a rooftop in Tehran, traveling through an ancestral carpet in San Diego, and finally cascading within a live coding platform in Chicago, our research played with the concept of transindividuality and forms of sensing, rather than seeing, personal experience as multiple. Research sessions building toward opening the event to a virtual public were documented as a video artwork.

If we are to exist in a world where every person is able to move without harm or the threat of harm, practicing multiple forms of physical, emotional, verbal, and nonverbal expression is vital. We might understand this inclusive practice as nonviolence and also as a form of transindividuality. Individuals are always in transition so incorporating the concept of transindividuality within the practice of nonviolence sets the conditions where experiencing and responding to multiple experiences, in the broadest sense, is the starting point for enacting inclusive modes of belonging. In the end, we learned the format of Move with US supports people in the process of embodying behaviors that facilitate the constant transition between moving through an idea of singular to an expansive context of being multiple. 

Music by DJ Sard

Choreography by Farnoush Nik & Zoya Sardashti

Interactive Technology by Nix 

The first event was hosted by Zoya Sardashti, Aaron Pellot, and Mari Thiersch with support from the Graduate and Peace & Justice Student Associations at the University of San Diego. The event took place on Zoom Saturday May, 8 2021