Charleston Dialogue #2

Monthly Dialogues to continue Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

At our last Willing Participant dialogue, we wrote poems, crafted memes and drafted social media posts to incite action in response to:

-the systemic racism embedded in the founding of our nation
-the lack of conversation about & reconciliation with our past
-our national post-traumatic stress

On Wednesday, September 2nd from 7pm til around 10pm, we will host our second dialogue at The Flea Theater, 41 White Street in Manhattan.

Focus: how might we poetically deploy our bodies in order to ignite significant social change?

We’ll play with the dialogue form to engage our personal and national histories. Then we’ll individually and collectively respond to a variety of movement-based prompts. All ages and abilities are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes.

Please RSVP at so we know how many chairs we’ll need.


Willing Participant whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens. During a meeting, participants work with three ringleaders to research a pressing event and craft a performative reply, which we call a “response.” The group and others then perform the response for the general public within the following week.

To get the low-down on future meetings and responses, sign up here.

Ringleaders: Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber. Willing Participant is a labor of love and grrrr. An all-volunteer project created by members of non-profit participatory walk organization Elastic City.

Willing Participant identity and site design: Asad Pervaiz
Web development: Alex Gutierrez