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June 23, 2013

Against the Wall:
Migration / Habitation / Erasing / Tracing

Working with movement and migration through space, Jovanina Pagano and Rachel Levitsky meet participants outside, approaching and entering the house intentionally. Participants work in pairs to use language and gesture - words, dance, and sound – to ask where we go as we walk through house, island, world, what traces we leave, and what is lost.

Rachel Levitsky is a feminist avant-garde poet, novelist, essayist, translator, editor, educator, and a founder of Belladonna* Collaborative. She was born in New York City and earned an MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her first poems were published in Clamour, a magazine edited by Renee Gladman in San Francisco during the late 1990s. Levitsky has since written three books, nine chapbooks, and been translated into five languages.

Jovanina Pagano is the dean of studies, primary clinician at The John Dewey Academy. B.M.A, New School, Mannes College of Music (classical music performance); M.S.W. from University at Albany. Previous experience: Green County Mental Health Children’s Division, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties. Director of adolescent development programs providing educational support and advocacy, social and emotional development for under-served youth at Grand Street Settlement, Children’s Aid Society, and Harlem Children’s Zone. Teaching/academic experience: classroom instruction, high school and college admissions counseling, private tutoring, teaching artist in dance and music. Since 2014.

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