Jeff Kasper

II. wrestling embrace
workshop, text, video, performance, sculpture
2017—ongoing




Two figures wearing black and white sit with legs-crossed, facing each other, hand-in-hand, on a faux-leather excercise mats (10’x8’). Nearby are an adjustable deck of black and white playing cards with various texts on the front and knot illustrations on the back. Other materials include: assorted bells, various hour-glass and time keepers. 




—INTIMATE DISTANCE 
IS THE SPACE OF WRESTLING AND LOVE-MAKING, ANXIETY AND EMBRACE


A open platform for two partners to explore interpersonal communication, care, conflict,
and consent.

wrestling embrace is a customizable workshop framework. Designed to aide folks navigating questions of consent and care-taking in intimate relationships—the platform utilizes contact improvisation and embodied narrative excercises with a partner. Primary materials include a deck of playing cards (audio version forthcoming). Each card features a “relationship excercises.”

Participants perform a series of choreographies of care on an acompanying  excercise mats that features a circular circuit design organized around two distances: personal space [1.5-4 feet] and intimate space [0-18 inches]. Each excercise fosters quiet time for building mutual support between a partner or a caretaker, practicing clear communication, collaboration and conflict.

This project is still under development. Email to join confidential workshops, writing, and design sessions. All workshops operate as a queer/trans/crip inclusive support space outside the institutional or professional therapy model.

Open-format workshops for the general public—coming soon!

Based in New York City