Announcing: 'World +' LAB

World + Lab is a 6-hour guided movement development session at Brunswick Mechanics. World + Lab experiments with ideas from the co-design process with the focus group, facilitated by David Prakash, Oliver Le and MaggZ. Foregrounding multisensory approach, World + Lab aspires to explore and unpack the essence of street dance battles along with the notion of world-building as the underpinning conceptual frameworks. World + Lab will culminate in World + Event on 3rd June. World + Lab includes two parts:

Facilitated movement workshop by MaggZ, David Prakash, Oliver Le
World + Event testing ground – your input will determine how the event actualise on 3rd June

You are invited to enquire, exchange, re-learn with love and compassion with your community throughout the Lab. All participants are encouraged to stay for the entire duration of the Lab, light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

World + is a series of conversations, development, and in-person events aiming to reimagine and reconceptualise the notion of ‘battles’ within the street dance culture based in Melbourne, curated by Producer in Residence MaggZ. Through the process of co-designing with industry peers, mentors and active community members from the street dance sector, this program aspires to shine light on the voice of the youth and to investigate the current complexities within the battle culture, as well as to extend the infrastructure and modality of ‘battles’ with the notion of world-building whilst honouring the socio-political context and the history of street dance.

World + Lab
Sat 6 May
Brunswick Mechanics
$10 general admission + $5 concession (online & door) + $0 No one turned away

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3pm: doors open
3:30pm: Acknowledgment of Country & event commencement
3:30 – 3:45pm: Guided mindfulness practice with MaggZ
3:35 – 5:15pm: Facilitated workshop session with MaggZ, David Prakash, Oliver Le
5:15 – 6pm: break
6 – 6:15pm: World + Event testing ground introduction
6: 15 – 8:15pm: World + Event testing ground
8: 15 – 9pm: Debrief and chat

MaggZ is a Naarm-based (Melbourne, Australia) queer Chinese movement artist, creative director and producer, trained in ballet and now specialised in waacking - a freestyle dance originated in 1970s LA from the Latinix and African American queer community, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing amongst street dance battles, performances, installations, creative direction and producing, MaggZ’s practice centres aliveness, stillness, persistence and agency and aspires to honour the authentic self and living experience through transdisciplinary explorations in both physical and digital landscapes. MaggZ is appointed as Producer in Residence at Next Wave (Naarm), and producer / performance art consultant at Collide24 (Berlin, Germany). MaggZ’s recent achievements are - the recipient of the Young Creative Awards in 2020, nominated four times by the Green Room Awards, and the winner of Destructive Steps allstyle 2v2 dance battle in 2022.

The Producer in Residence and Creative Leadership programs are generously supported by VicHealth through their Future Healthy initiatives.

  1. Image: World + by Joey Truong (2023)