ONLINE | Friday October 29
Online Opening Ceremony with Axel Pedersen- Nielsen
During most of the previous festivals in the past it has been a tradition to start each day with a welcoming opening ritual. This time Axel will join and we will have a big global welcoming moment for the online aspect of our 3-day festival.
Axel lives in Berlin and does bodywork with the Pantarei Approach and embodied counseling. He has roots in the Copenhagen left/trans/queer activist scene and is now interested in the intersection of social justice and embodiment. His work focuses on assisting groups and people on their journeys towards living lives full of strength, compassion and resilience.
10:00 - 10:30 CET
Authentic Relating with Laurie King
Authentic Relating is an interpersonal meditation. It is the practice of listening and speaking from a place of presence and sensation, allowing us to weave richer and more truthful connections. Come play four Authentic Relating games, connecting intimately with people around the world :)
I'm Laurie, and I love bringing people together! Since 2019, I've facilitated Authentic Relating and Authentic Dating workshops in 15 cities, 6 countries and 3 continents, including online, at festivals, and with organisations. My workshops have sparked thousands of connections globally, turning many strangers into life-long friends :) I look forward to offering another workshop to the community!
11:00 - 12:30 CET
Deconstructing & Decolonizing Yogic Practices with Daddypuss Rex
Informational workshop plus a movement-based practice centered around dismantling mainstream and whitewashed notions and narratives of yoga and its history by presenting its African (Kemetic, Yoruba) roots and philosophies. Followed by a joyful, nurturing, body inclusive yoga session that incorporates postures, movements and breathwork honoring both the Vedic and the African lineages, accompanied by a really dope playlist. Led by Daddypuss Rex, a Black, non-binary, gender goblin and somatics & yoga guide.
Iroko Yoga centers BIPOC and Queer/Trans experiences, narratives and bodies. Founded by Daddypuss Rex (they/them), a Blaqueer, non-binary trans yoga teacher, critical race & gender educator and community organizer whose aim is to empower practitioners of all intersections and identities to fully engage with and exercise their agency on and off the mat as an act of radical self-acceptance and as an act of sustainable community resistance.
13:00 - 14:30 CET
"Be a Man," they said with Sanjay Kumar & Shyam Pillai
This workshop seeks to provide a space for exploring the male gender. We will be looking at how being a cis or trans man impacts our daily lives, what are our own constructs around the male gender. We will be using a model and theory by Ann Ladd: Layers of Personality to understand our own gender identity and expression.
Sanjay and Shyam are both Psychotherapists from different integrative models, each having their own respective private practices working internationally in UK, Canada and India. Both have worked over the years with gay/bi/queer men individually and in groups, in person and online. Sanjay and Shyam also run workshops together for queer men in India providing a space for exploration, healing, growth and community building.
13:00 - 14:30 CET
Sluts, Sodomites & Perverts: moving beyond sexual monoculture with HP Loveshaft
HP Loveshaft examines the role of sex positivity, inspired by his experiences with queerness, kink & non-monogamy. Drawing on anthropology, psychology, neurochemistry & history, he challenges people to re-examine their relationship to difference.
HP Loveshaft is a drag king fizzycyst & trans-Atlantic transsexual who has been splitting atoms, asses & personalities across the globe since 2012. Born in the Soviet Union & raised in Los Angeles, HP breaks down borders between entertainment & activism with his - often pantsless - performances. He is a member of the House of Presents as well as the collective Queerdos. In his free time, HP enjoys swing dancing & sushi.
14:30 - 16:00 CET
The Heart of Experience with Gal Naor
How can we fully embrace the invitation for self-observation as a result of the global pandemic? What are our collective/personal missions these days? Can we first come to terms with ourselves and redefine our freedom? Let’s revive the inner dialogue with our Sacred Animals and discuss all vital perspectives for our wellbeing.
Gal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, theater maker, choreographer, and founder of The progressive wave, a creative initiative in Berlin. In their work, they combine dance, performance art, visual art, and consciousness studies. Their approach to the performance world is inclusive and based on the understanding that each body should move in its unique way. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is encouraging the empowerment of queer identities.
16:00 - 17:15 CET
Sexy Strippy Dancercise with Jorge De Hoyos
Get yourself hot and horny in a fun group dance class. We’ll start slow and steady, preparing our bodies to sweat, pant and shake from that kundalini feeling deep inside. It’s a follow-along dance-sexercise class with plenty of space to improvise on your own. Heart rates and hip thrusts will accelerate. Please wear clothing! …we got to get it hot in order to strip it off.
Jorge De Hoyos is a contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer from California, based in Berlin since 2012. He loves to channel sexual and sensual energy when he warms up to dance…a potent and grounding way to connect to his own body and joyful when he can share this on the gogo platform, in a rehearsal room, a stage or on the dance floor.
18:00 - 19:00 CET
the space in and around the closet with esmat ahmadian
what was/is it like to be in the closet?
where did we go since then? where are we now?
where do we want to be?
this workshop is an invitation for a body-centred conversation,
with space to feel into our bodies and reflect collectively.
i am certified sexological bodyworker, in training to become a somatic experiencing practitioner.
my own explorations of queersness were/are shaped by my art practice, the radical faeries and social justice practices.
18:00 - 19:30 CET
Living Intersectional Masculinities with Tony Whitfield
Many of our lives have been shaped by ongoing struggles with the domination of white heterosexual men. Those struggles are complicated by our own embrace of the masculine aspects of our beings and the extent to which our changing individual practices of masculinity defy and are undermined by the dominant stereotype. In this workshop we will explore the intersectional relationships of race, gender, economics, ethnicity, ability and religion on the construction of our authentic, forgiving, thriving and rich masculine selves.
Tony Whitfield is an artist, designer, educator and writer who has recently relocated to Detroit after decades in New York City where he pursued a multifaceted creative practice in the contexts of academia, arts administration, curating, government and design production. His work which has been shown in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, centers on the development of narratives through the exploration of material culture manifested in images, evidence, artifacts and heirlooms.
20:00 - 21:30 CET
The list of facilitators and the program of Stretch Festival for Gay, Bi, Trans & Queer Men are subject to last-minute changes.