WALK THE WALK:
A COMMUNITY THEATER PROJECT

Walk the Walk: ignite November 17, 2021

Walk the Walk: ignite

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM/Pacific

For Trans Awareness week, Invertigo Dance Theatre invites you to an interactive community performance event: Walk the Walk: ignite. We gather in remembrance and resilience. Join us on Zoom to honor the Trans lives lost in 2021 and to ignite our resilience for walking in strength and courage each day.

Performances by D. Hill, Leo Aquino, K. Bradford and more. The event also includes a reflection ritual and calls to community action for Trans solidarity. This program is supported in part by an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood. RSVP by clicking on the link below.

WALK THE WALK

A Brave, Explorative Space for Trans, Nonbinary, GNC & Intersex Communities!

After Walk the Walk’s transformative first workshop on Transgender Day of Visibility, and our second round of workshops for Pride Month, we now bring you Walk the Walk: ignite. A virtual event for trans, nonbinary, gnc, intersex communities and our allies to honor the trans lives lost in 2021 and to ignite and celebrate our resilience for walking in strength and courage each day. Allies welcome in solidarity.

Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM/Pacific on Zoom

This project is made possible by The City of West Hollywood.

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WORKSHOPS TO RESUME 2022
COME TO OUR PERFORMANCE!

  • Our next Walk the Walk workshop will take place in 2022. 
  • Workshop Schedule: TBD
  • BIPOC folks, disabled communities, & elders encouraged to apply (18 and up) 
  • Application details coming soon!
  • Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 7-8 pm/Pacific.

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”

― LAVERNE COX, ACTRESS & LGBTQ+ ADVOCATE

Collaboration & Community Development

WHAT IS WALK THE WALK?

Walk the Walk is Invertigo’s newest dance theatre project with a twist. A trans twist.

A series of explorative workshops throughout 2021 invites participants into a lively, interdisciplinary space of making and community-building for trans, nonbinary, gendernonconforming and intersex communities.

At the core of this project is the question: what is your daily walk as trans, nonbinary, gendernonconforming and/or intersex person in this world? What do you feel emotionally and in your body when you walk out your door? What do you face as you walk down the street? What do you hope to manifest, in public and private? What is your strut? What shadows or burdens might you hold? What lineages might you carry? Who and what do you channel for resilience and pride?

Conceived by Lead Artist K. Bradford (Creative Engagement Director of Invertigo), Walk the Walk was created as a brave, imaginative space where trans, gnc, nonbinary and intersex folks can come together as co-creators in weaving a collective story of our powerful yet vulnerbale daily walks through the world. As the spotlight of visibility has started to turn toward — and upon — us, it feels extra important to connect in and cultivate non-cis space to share stories, real talk, and creative vision.

 

WHAT DID WE JUST WRAP UP?

Walk the Walk 2.0 invites you to join us for the month of pride in two community theatre workshops celebrating and channeling gender expansion.

Wednesday June 23rd & June 30th, 6-8p/PST. On Zoom.

An interactive, interdisciplinary workshop process filled with: Real talk. Storytelling. Queer dancing. Creative collaboration. Community building. Movement tapped from your daily life. Room to be yourself. Space to meet new folks. A chance to channel expression & art.

 

This two-part workshop series is facilitated by: 

  • Lead Artist K. Bradford (Creative Engagement Director)
  • Cody Brunelle-Potter (Dancer-in-Residence)
  • D.Hill (Guest Artist)

A brave & vulnerable space to fill up with joy, pride, and community!

IS THIS FOR YOU?

Are you trans, gnc, nonbinary, and/or intersex and looking to connect and create within our community? Join us.

We’re excited for new participants to step into our workshop process. We seek a range of expressions, ideas, art forms & ways of being in community.

No dance or arts experience necessary.

BIPOC, disabled folks, and elders encouraged to apply.

If you want to be in community, share your stories, get real, have some fun, find ways to explore your creativity or bring your art into a collaborative space where the daily lives of trans / gnc / nonbinary / intersex are at the center — Walk the Walk is a place for you.

WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?

Walk the Walk is a series of workshops offered in March and June with a presentation in Fall 2021 titled Walk the Walk: ignite on November 17th @ 7 PM/Pacific.

You can join us for one workshop, or join us for all of them. And if you stick with us, you can become a part of a collaborative cohort creating work in community collaboration.

Walk the Walk’s first workshop was held on March 31st for Transgender Day of Visibility. It was tender, playful, and deep — and reminded us how powerful it is to be in a space solely for and with our community.

The long-term goal is to create a rousing, light-shedding community theatre performance, presented at a main stage, that weaves and incorporates the voices, art, and interdisciplinary contributions of the Walk the Walk cohort within the vision of Invertigo’s artistic leadership.

 

WHAT’S THE BACKSTORY?

We open this unique, creative community space at a time when trans and gendernonconforming communities have become more visible in media, legislation, cultural production and society at large. This spotlight brings resources, attention, awareness and more — and it also brings the harsh light of transphobia, and too often increased attacks on our communities, especially BOPIC transfemmes.

Conceived by Lead Artist K. Bradford (Creative Engagement Director of Invertigo), Walk the Walk was imagined as a community-based practice where the workshop participants are co-creators, and the future of the project is shaped by the collaborative synergy of community as we digest what this moment is for our communities.

Promotional Material

“Who was I now—woman or man? That question could never be answered as long as those were the only choices; it could never be answered if it had to be asked.”

― LESLIE FEINBERG

The Creative & Production Team

K. Bradford
Lead Artist


Bradford is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and cultural innovator whose public practice has spawned projects and programs in Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles. Most recently, K. launched The Qosmos Projects – a post-drag performance spectacle and an LGBTQIA+ youth world-building series, Qumanity. This fall, Qumanity rolls out as an interdisciplinary art lab for LAUSD students in a new Virtual Enrichment Program. K. has taught at Antioch University, CalArts, and for eight years at Columbia College, where they were the head of the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community. K. has directed and co-founded: Gender Fusions, a large-scale annual queer spectacle + cultural dialogue (Chicago), The Raw Works, a story and performance program for low-income and homeless LGBTQIA youth (Chicago), It’s a She-Shoot a film and story program for women and girls (Austin) and One Mile, an arts + social justice program that poetically re-imagines the challenges of our times through immersive public art installations (Los Angeles). K. has performed across the U.S., and their writing has appeared in publications such as the LA Review of Books, Viralnet.net, Gulf Coast, Trop and more. K. has received scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, Tin House Writers Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Hailing from New England originally, K. holds an MFA in Writing and in Art + Technology from CalArts.

Luka Fisher
Guest Artist


Luka Fisher is a gender queer transfeminine artist, cultural producer, and occasional Russian translator. Her visual art and photographs have been exhibited at the Bowers Museum, The Box, Last Projects, and at the Queer Biennial, and her video productions have screened at OutFest, LACE, and the American Documentary Film Festival. Her most recent essay, “Recorded Leftovers,” explores Sheree Rose’s video archive at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and was featured in Rated RX: Sheree Rose With and After Bob Flannagan, edited by Yetta Howard. She played “Anne” and served as associate producer in Lyle Kash’s majority trans/cast feature film “Death and Bowling”.   She holds an MFA in Photo/Media from CalArts, a basic certificate in Russian to English Translation from the Graham School of General Studies at University of Chicago and a BA in International Relations and Russian Literature from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Photo x Hollywood Photo Studio

Cody Brunelle-Potter
Resident Company Dancer


Cody is a non-binary dance artist currently performing and creating in Los Angeles. They began their dance and performance career in NYC, where they were a dancer and Assistant Director for In-Sight Dance Company, a nonprofit service organization based in Queens. Since moving to Los Angeles, they have had the pleasure of working with many local companies and choreographers in the concert dance world which include Invertigo Dance Theater, WhyteBerg, Mollie Wolf, Luke Zender, Heidi Duckler, Iris Company, Acts of Matter, FABE and Rosanna Gamson World Wide.

They have also worked in the commercial dance world with Teresa (Toogie) Barcelo, William Ylvisaker, Ashley (ROBI) Robicheaux, Matty Peacock and Amy O’Neal. They have performed in work for artists like Reggie Watts, Billie Eilish, FYOHNA, Ben De La Creme, Jinx Monsoon and more.

Cody’s personal work explores the boundaries of being wild and delicate while balancing the honesty of the emotional impetus for each movement. They are interested fiber sculpture as well and are working to incorporate moving fibers sculptures into their work. They have partnered with Fiber Artist Mimi Haddon on many occasions and lead workshops in using fiber sculpture partnered with movement to explore how we can understand ourselves better as emotional beings through the putting on and use of costume.

Kyler O’Neal
Guest Artist

Kyler O’Neal is an actress, model, dancer, singer and writer. Born and raised in the Midwest, Kyler graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications. After a five-year residency in New York City she relocated to Los Angeles where she released her self-published poetry book “Pity Party” and made her musical debut with her first single “Satan’s Tears,” which has been featured in such film festivals as Outfest and the San Francisco Trans Film Festival. Through her work Kyler advocates for equity, social justice & awareness. Her newly released EP “Vox” is available for streaming or download everywhere. For more info on Kyler visit www.kyleroneal.com

D. Hill
Guest Artist


D.Hill is a west coast artist who works in photography, performance and video art. His work purposefully sets up a framework for conversations dealing with race, gender, class and sexuality. Hill looks at how socialization and statuses impact our intra/inter-personal experiences. Many of his works explore or inject post-constructionist practices to how image-construction is digested in contemporary spaces. His photographs, videos and performances challenge our stagnant positions of linguistics/meaning in regard to experience. This is what makes his work impactful and infused with antithetical moments.

Leo Aquino
Guest Artist

Leo Aquino (they/he) is a non-binary Filipinx storyteller, author, poet and screenwriter living in unceded Tongva-Gabrielino territory (aka Los Angeles). Their work follows the legacy of the babaylan, an indigenous genderfluid Filipinx priestess who acts as a vessel for ancestral stories. Leo’s poetry has been published by The Asian-American Feminist Collective, Curlew Quarterly and Brooklyn Poets. Their writing has been published by O.School, Trends with Benefits by MUD\WTR, Swell by Dame Wellness and The Fornix by Flex.

VIDEOS

WALK THE WALK 2.0 Invitation

ARTIST TALK with K. BRADFORD & D. HILL

ARTIST TALK with K. BRADFORD & CODY BRUNELLE-POTTER

THIS PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY
THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD

Walk the walk: ignite

We gather in remembrance & resilience.

An interactive TDOR event for community reflection, action and ignition.
Free, virtual & open to all trans, nonbinary, gnc, intersex and our allies.

Questions? Please email Lead Artist, K. Bradford at [email protected]