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What are Your Community Agreements in Dance Spaces? 춤이 공존하는 공간에서 공동체 협약이란?

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Created by YeaJean Choi (kNOwBOX dance Co-Creator & Programing Director)

February 24th, 2021, Seoul, South Korea

In 2020, from October to November, I took the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture’s Sensory expansion workshop series “Evolution of Questions” in South Korea. One of the workshops is called the Anti-racism creative activity for everyone by Taeyoon Choi who is a contemporary artist in drawing, painting, computer programming, among others. In this workshop, we learned the social relationship of racism, racism in the field of art practice, and shared about Ijeoma Oluo’s book “So You Want to Talk About Race.”

Left: Sonia Choi Right: Taeyoon Choi

Left: Sonia Choi Right: YeaJean Choi, Photo by 서울문화재단 예술교육팀

Community Agreements?

Sonia Choi who is the producer of Taeyoon Choi art studio shared BUFU Cloud9 Community Agreements in the workshop. Community Agreements are mutually agreed norms on how folks will interact with each other in a group. This agreement is about what is respectful space and how we want to be in relationship with one another. “BUFU(By Us for Us) is a collective of youg, queer, female artists supporting and fostering the discourse of Black and Asian solidarity,” writes Ayasha Guerin of The Village Voice. BUFU is a Brooklyn art-based community.

She explained the community agreements for Anti-Racism Activities in Art Activities. While taking this workshop, I realized it is very important to create the Community Agreements in my dance classes. Normally, I create the syllabus so that students can see the class attendance policy and participation regulations. However, this workshop taught me that the sharable space cannot be created by oneself, especially when the “classroom” setting contains the hierarchy power. It is important to have an open conversation and create the community agreements together to make a more communal space. Below are the community agreements I wrote in the workshop.

Who is this space for?

  • It is a space centered on everyone who can respect other cultures with an open mind without discrimination and prejudice.

  • Gender, sex, religion, race, social position, reputation, color, degree, personality, nationality, political orientation, etc. Those create one's identity and this space is not examining one person to categorize one or another.