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“Monsters Herding Cats” Absurd Artist-Led Fitness Class | Oakland

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Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Starline Social Club | 2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Oakland, CA

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“Heavy Breathing” Absurd Artist-Led Fitness Classes

Heavy Breathing is a summer series of free critical theory seminars in the form of absurd, artist-led conceptual fitness experiences while jogging, swimming, restraint training, practicing yoga, and more. Feel the burn from June 18 to August 30, 2015 around the SF Bay Area.

Heavy Breathing invites guest artists and the general public to combine physical exercise with group discussion on topics such as humor, ritual, failure, pleasure, aesthetics, and ephemerality. Heavy Breathing sessions activate bodies along with minds, to get people talking, thinking, laughing, and feeling good. Heavy Breathing is organized by Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé.

Heavy Breathing 2015 Schedule

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Session 1: “Launch Party @ YBCA”
Thurs June 18 5-8pm FREE
“Laughter Yoga” with Raphael Noz, “Healing Sound & Movement” with Jeepneys & Brian Tester, “Pumped Up for Nothing” with Julz Hale Mary, Gongfu Tea Service with Alexiteric Tea Clinic, Visual installations by Jessalyn Aaland, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Stephanie Rolfs, Savannah Rusher, and Tessa Watson. Cocktails and Heavy Breathing banners for sale.

Session 2: “Sappho & Sweat”
Sat June 27 11:30am-12:30pm
Edoff Memorial Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Get sweaty and circular and move your A$$ in this group discussion on Sappho, ancient Greek women, and contemporary goddesses. Come prepared to project yourself into history and read a passage of Sappho’s poetry in advance (optional). Wear gym shoes and an outfit that brings out your tough, deep femme exercise queen. Led by Chani Bockwinkel & Caroline Alexander.

Session 3: “The Pleasure Principle”
Sat July 11 3-4pm
Real Time & Space, 125 10th Street, Oakland
Led by BONANZA (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully & Lana Williams) with Laura Boles Faw & DJ 8ulentina

Session 4: “Getting Dirty with Cullwick & Munby”
Sun July 19 11am-12pm
Omni Disco Room, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Led by Kate Rhoades & Eli Thorne

Session 5: “Innovating Ether”
Sun July 26 12-1pm
Omni Disco Room, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Led by Larry Arrington

Session 6: “Pre-Party Dance Party”
Sat Aug 8 8-9pm
Omni Disco Room, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Led by Brontez Purnell

Session 7: “Body Paradox”
Sat Aug 15 1:00-2:30pm
The Palace Theater, 1445 23rd Ave, Oakland
Led by Zen Cohen

Session 8: “Topos: That’s What She Said”
Sun Aug 16 6-7pm
Chinatown YMCA Pool, 855 Sacramento Street, SF
Led by Olivia Mole

Session 9: “Cosmoconculsive Anxiothenics”
Sat Aug 22 6-10pm
The Lab, 2948 16th Street, SF
Led by Christian Nagler (w/ DJ Kit Clayton)

Session 10: “Monsters Herding Cats, and Ducks in a Row”
Sun Aug 23 2:30-3:30pm
Starline Social Club, 645 West Grand Ave, Oakland
Led by Christina Linden & Claude Linden Smith

Session 11: “Step by Step with Stairwell’s”
Sat Aug 29 11am-12pm
Kezar Stadium, 755 Stanyan Street, SF
Led by Stairwell’s (Sarah Hotchkiss & Carey Lin)

Session 12: “Training For Exhaustion (For the Unintelligible)”
Sun Aug 30 11am-12pm
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd btw 12th St & 1st Ave, Oakland
Led by Xandra Ibarra

Special thanks to the community of artists, curators, and friends who offered their time, ideas, and encouragement in support of this project: Jessalyn Aaland, Luca Antonucci, Dena Beard, Lydia Brawner, Joshua Kit Clayton, Braden Weeks Earp/The Workshop Residence, Courtney Fink, Leif Hedendal, Jennifer Hennesy, Keith Hennessy, Sam Hertz, Sarah Hotchkiss, Christina Linden, Katya Min, Tom Morrison/Morrison Productions, Amy Owen, Savannah Rusher, Pat Rybovich, Clarke Selman, Tessa Watson, and Kim West.

We would be nowhere without: Chinatown YMCA Pool, Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Kezar Stadium, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Omni Commons, Palace Theater, Real Time & Space, Southern Exposure, Starline Social Club, The Lab and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Art & Museums, Sports & Wellness
Address: 2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Oakland, CA