Good Trouble Makers

Good Trouble Makers Good Trouble Makers are artist-agitators based in Los Angeles and working internationally. Inspired by the words of John Lewis, we are committed to making; making art, making room, making change, making good trouble.
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A good primer. 🏳️‍🌈There’s no shame in not knowing something, but it’s important to be sure to keep learning and respect...
07/26/2021

A good primer. 🏳️‍🌈
There’s no shame in not knowing something, but it’s important to be sure to keep learning and respect people’s identities. 🏳️‍⚧️

✨The last slide is full of resources.✨

📍Please tag original creator if you know them!

Pride month maybe over but guess what?! You can hire, celebrate, and support 2SLGBTQ+ creatives all year long! 🏳️‍🌈 Art ...
07/12/2021

Pride month maybe over but guess what?! You can hire, celebrate, and support 2SLGBTQ+ creatives all year long! 🏳️‍🌈 Art by @yallaroza

ID: on a mauve background are 3 brown humans, arms outstretched and smiling. Around them is written: “hire 2SLGBTQ+ creatives all year long”

Pride month maybe over but guess what?! You can hire, celebrate, and support 2SLGBTQ+ creatives all year long! 🏳️‍🌈 Art by @yallaroza

ID: on a mauve background are 3 brown humans, arms outstretched and smiling. Around them is written: “hire 2SLGBTQ+ creatives all year long”

07/08/2021

A tiny peek into our latest project set to premiere in September in honor of Bi Pride Month. 🤗

🔸Performed by @yvettevee_ and @thekikikennedy

🔸Shot by @andreagmer

🔸Editing and sound by @alexander.millar

🔸Movement by @kaihazelwood

Video Description: yvette a brown skinned nb person has their head in a bowl of water, Kristy a white person in a cozy robe pushes Yvette’s head into the bowl repeatedly.

06/11/2021

Good Trouble Makers is so excited to be co-creating this donation based UNtensive with @groundseries, @wepracticeprogress and @arcosdance! Come join us!
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🌱 How can we imagine curricular and cultural justice for dance technique and dance studies? Designed for educators, these sessions will look at tangible ways to shift the studio or the syllabus and draw on the experience of all gathered. *Single-class drop-ins welcome.

🌱 Dreaming Pedagogy: Lei Methodology - Led by Christopher K. Morgan
Bringing together indigenous knowledge and personal self-expression in order to create space for restoration and healing in your practice. Writing prompts will be responded to on fabric which is then woven into a lei. *The workshop requires participants to have 2 strips of fabric and a marker. (a cut-up t-shirt can work too!)

🌱 Syllabus Blow Up Work Party - Kai Hazelwood & Sarah Ashkin
Bring your syllabus, let’s blow it up! We’ll help each other clearly define our values and bring those, instead of preconceived ideas about what or how we teach, with us into the studio.

🌱 What is Contemporary? - Led by Cheyenne Dunbar, Kai Hazelwood, & Sarah Ashkin
What is Contemporary Dance when decoupled from white supremacy? How can we teach rejecting old structures and instead embracing an anti-racist, anti-capitalist lens?

🌱 Subverting Capitalism & Systems of Discipline in Dance Education - Led by Miles Tokunow, Kai Hazelwood, & Sarah Ashkin
What is our relationship to time, productivity, and achievement in the Dance classroom? What strategies are available to us as educators in choreographing time, space, energy, and power such that we heal more and harm less? This will be an interactive community conversation centering spaciousness and failure.

🌱 Creating Space for Deaf Communities in The Arts- Led by Antione Hunter / Purple Fire Crow & Zahna Simon
Learn how to work with Deaf communities to create space for inclusion in the arts and debunk common myths around deafness.

It’s ok if the same classes don’t feel right for you body, it’s ok if you’re not feeling ready to make work again, don’t...
05/13/2021

It’s ok if the same classes don’t feel right for you body, it’s ok if you’re not feeling ready to make work again, don’t feel like you know how to make work now. We have been forever changed, it makes sense our art has been too. 💖

Art by @unitedstatesartists

ID: ‘clippy’ the cartoon paper clip has a text bubble above it that reads: “hi there. It looks like you’re trying to make the same kind of art you did before the pandemic even though you feel like a completely new person. Want some help with that?” At the bottom of the text box are the options “yes” and “no”

It’s ok if the same classes don’t feel right for you body, it’s ok if you’re not feeling ready to make work again, don’t feel like you know how to make work now. We have been forever changed, it makes sense our art has been too. 💖

Art by @unitedstatesartists

ID: ‘clippy’ the cartoon paper clip has a text bubble above it that reads: “hi there. It looks like you’re trying to make the same kind of art you did before the pandemic even though you feel like a completely new person. Want some help with that?” At the bottom of the text box are the options “yes” and “no”

Our community has committed to some deep ongoing work to dismantle white supremacy. That means white working groups with...
05/03/2021

Our community has committed to some deep ongoing work to dismantle white supremacy. That means white working groups with accountability and joy filled healing spaces for BIPOC. We are building intentional multi-racial, multi-cultural, and affirming space ya’ll. It’s not easy, but there’s no where else I’d rather be. 😍

Big thank you to @wikkid_beat for facilitating a BIPOC healing session for us! ✊🏽💖🌈

ID:
Slide 1: a multi colored slide that says Good Trouble Makers BIPOC Healing Session. 4 zoom windows are along the side with the BIPOC member of GTM and facilitator Karine Fleurima.

Slide 2: the same multi colored background and writing, with the zoom windows appearing at the top with smiling GTM BIPOC members and facilitator Karine.

The police were never supposed to keep us safe, they were only meant to uphold white supremacy. Abolition is the only wa...
04/13/2021

The police were never supposed to keep us safe, they were only meant to uphold white supremacy. Abolition is the only way.

Beautiful image by @ashlukadraws

ID: a figure with a single black tear falling from their eye is made up of many shakes of purple and set against a black background with specks of white and different shades of purple the look almost like stars. Inside the bottom of the figure, inside its chest are silhouettes of people reaching their arms up to the large crying figure. Above the head of the large figure it reads: “abolition is the only answer.”

The police were never supposed to keep us safe, they were only meant to uphold white supremacy. Abolition is the only way.

Beautiful image by @ashlukadraws

ID: a figure with a single black tear falling from their eye is made up of many shakes of purple and set against a black background with specks of white and different shades of purple the look almost like stars. Inside the bottom of the figure, inside its chest are silhouettes of people reaching their arms up to the large crying figure. Above the head of the large figure it reads: “abolition is the only answer.”

Issa whole ass MOOD 😎 Tweet by @thecountryclairvoyant ID a tweet that reads: “if you feel like a messy bitch, remember a...
04/09/2021

Issa whole ass MOOD 😎

Tweet by @thecountryclairvoyant

ID a tweet that reads: “if you feel like a messy bitch, remember a star is just a big pile of space trash that pulled itself together and will shine for billions of years. Be messy like space trash and shine like the Badass bitch you are.”

Issa whole ass MOOD 😎

Tweet by @thecountryclairvoyant

ID a tweet that reads: “if you feel like a messy bitch, remember a star is just a big pile of space trash that pulled itself together and will shine for billions of years. Be messy like space trash and shine like the Badass bitch you are.”

04/05/2021

This is what the next few months are gonna look like as folx get vaccinated, we’ve totally forgotten how to interact with other bodies. 😳🤣

All Of This ☺️Words by @amandascgorman ID a picture of what looks like a section of a newspaper article. The text reads ...
04/01/2021

All Of This ☺️
Words by @amandascgorman

ID a picture of what looks like a section of a newspaper article. The text reads “Amanda Gorman I think if I could go back in time and give myself a message it would be to reiterate that my value as an artist doesn’t come from how much I create. I think that mindset is yoked to capitalism. Being an artist is about how and why you touch people’s lives, even if it’s one person. Even if that’s yourself, in the process of art making.”

All Of This ☺️
Words by @amandascgorman

ID a picture of what looks like a section of a newspaper article. The text reads “Amanda Gorman I think if I could go back in time and give myself a message it would be to reiterate that my value as an artist doesn’t come from how much I create. I think that mindset is yoked to capitalism. Being an artist is about how and why you touch people’s lives, even if it’s one person. Even if that’s yourself, in the process of art making.”

Support, defend, celebrate and honor our trans siblings today and everyday! #transdayofvisibilityID: On a powder blue ba...
03/31/2021

Support, defend, celebrate and honor our trans siblings today and everyday! #transdayofvisibility

ID: On a powder blue background in pink white and yellow is a variety of fonts is written: “trans joy resilience liberation visibility”

Support, defend, celebrate and honor our trans siblings today and everyday! #transdayofvisibility

ID: On a powder blue background in pink white and yellow is a variety of fonts is written: “trans joy resilience liberation visibility”

No rush to “go back.” We’re out here to make sure this system fails, not goes back to business as usual.✌🏽(peace sign) I...
03/23/2021

No rush to “go back.” We’re out here to make sure this system fails, not goes back to business as usual.✌🏽(peace sign)

ID: both slides have a solid black background and large white lettering. Slide 1 reads: our goal is failure slide 2 reads: we have no desire or interest in succeeding at white supremacist heteropatriarchal capitalism.

1 year. No justice. #sayhernamebreonnataylor If you know the artist please tag them so I can update the post with credit...
03/14/2021

1 year. No justice. #sayhernamebreonnataylor

If you know the artist please tag them so I can update the post with credit.

Image Description: a black and white picture of Breonna smiling at the camera the background is in color and water color style. On the left behind her are cops in full riot gear, on the right is a sign that says say her name louder carried by protestors.

1 year. No justice. #sayhernamebreonnataylor

If you know the artist please tag them so I can update the post with credit.

Image Description: a black and white picture of Breonna smiling at the camera the background is in color and water color style. On the left behind her are cops in full riot gear, on the right is a sign that says say her name louder carried by protestors.

We’ve been feeling all of these sometimes in the same day over the last year. Be kind and gentle when you feel them too....
03/04/2021

We’ve been feeling all of these sometimes in the same day over the last year. Be kind and gentle when you feel them too. 💖

We’ve been feeling all of these sometimes in the same day over the last year. Be kind and gentle when you feel them too. 💖

A loving reminder to start the week. 💕 repost from @grandson Image Description: a white background with text that reads:...
02/22/2021

A loving reminder to start the week. 💕 repost from @grandson

Image Description: a white background with text that reads: “if no one else reminds you today, you’re living through a major traumatic event in modern history, without any support from government, expected to pretend everything is fine everyday. You’re searching for purpose in a time it’s hard to find any. Your doing great. (Heart)”

A loving reminder to start the week. 💕 repost from @grandson

Image Description: a white background with text that reads: “if no one else reminds you today, you’re living through a major traumatic event in modern history, without any support from government, expected to pretend everything is fine everyday. You’re searching for purpose in a time it’s hard to find any. Your doing great. (Heart)”

We had so much fun with many of you today during TOUCH SCREEN thanks for joining us. ☺️ #happyvalentinesday 💖image Descr...
02/15/2021

We had so much fun with many of you today during TOUCH SCREEN thanks for joining us. ☺️ #happyvalentinesday 💖

image Description: two humans are nose to nose in bed in near silhouette with a bright purple light glowing between them. Text reads: “ thank you for spending your Valentine’s Day with us!” And beneath it: “TOUCH SCREEN”

We had so much fun with many of you today during TOUCH SCREEN thanks for joining us. ☺️ #happyvalentinesday 💖

image Description: two humans are nose to nose in bed in near silhouette with a bright purple light glowing between them. Text reads: “ thank you for spending your Valentine’s Day with us!” And beneath it: “TOUCH SCREEN”

Pictures of people receiving their packages for TOUCH | SCREEN are coming in and making my day! Can’t wait to cook, tast...
02/13/2021

Pictures of people receiving their packages for TOUCH | SCREEN are coming in and making my day! Can’t wait to cook, taste, play, and perform with you all tomorrow! 😍 You can still join the fun even without a care package. Register for our free Valentine’s Day brunch + interactive brunch experience

THIS SUNDAY 💥Sunday, February 14, 20211 P.M. PT Performance Registration Required – Limited Capacity https://fb.me/e/9dv...
02/10/2021

THIS SUNDAY 💥

Sunday, February 14, 2021
1 P.M. PT Performance

Registration Required – Limited Capacity
https://fb.me/e/9dv29bWeP

One part brunch party and one part interactive performance, Touch | Screen brings warmth and intimacy to the digital space for a 21st century, pandemic-style Valentine’s date. No date required!

In Act I, Chef Kat begins the event with an interactive cooking demonstration, so you can prepare the perfect Valentine's feast right alongside them. While your dish cooks enjoy a performance from Good Trouble Makers. @goodtroublemakers

The Act II performance is a multidisciplinary queer love story utilizing text, voiceover, music, and dance to explore how we build intimacy in the digital space:

The performance ends just as your cooking timer goes off and then it’s time to eat! Stay with us for Act III, a virtual brunch party with prompts and participation from the artists.

This event will have live ASL and live captioning provided.

A project of Good Trouble Makers
Directed by Kai Hazelwood (she/her)

Choreographed and Performed by Kai Hazelwood and Kristy Kennedy (she/they) @thekikikennedy

Written by Sara Ciston (she/they) @sarahciston

Voice Over by Karine Fleurima (she/her) @wikkid_beat

Sound and video editing by Alexander Millar (he/they) @alexander.millar

Cooking demonstration by Chef Kat (they/them) @katttttchr

Touch | Screen was developed through a virtual residency from Pieter Performance Space, @pieterperformancespace made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

THIS SUNDAY 💥

Sunday, February 14, 2021
1 P.M. PT Performance

Registration Required – Limited Capacity
https://fb.me/e/9dv29bWeP

One part brunch party and one part interactive performance, Touch | Screen brings warmth and intimacy to the digital space for a 21st century, pandemic-style Valentine’s date. No date required!

In Act I, Chef Kat begins the event with an interactive cooking demonstration, so you can prepare the perfect Valentine's feast right alongside them. While your dish cooks enjoy a performance from Good Trouble Makers. @goodtroublemakers

The Act II performance is a multidisciplinary queer love story utilizing text, voiceover, music, and dance to explore how we build intimacy in the digital space:

The performance ends just as your cooking timer goes off and then it’s time to eat! Stay with us for Act III, a virtual brunch party with prompts and participation from the artists.

This event will have live ASL and live captioning provided.

A project of Good Trouble Makers
Directed by Kai Hazelwood (she/her)

Choreographed and Performed by Kai Hazelwood and Kristy Kennedy (she/they) @thekikikennedy

Written by Sara Ciston (she/they) @sarahciston

Voice Over by Karine Fleurima (she/her) @wikkid_beat

Sound and video editing by Alexander Millar (he/they) @alexander.millar

Cooking demonstration by Chef Kat (they/them) @katttttchr

Touch | Screen was developed through a virtual residency from Pieter Performance Space, @pieterperformancespace made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

02/05/2021
TOUCH | SCREEN

PREMIER ANNOUNCEMENT🚨
TOUCH | SCREEN📱
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
1 P.M. PT Performance
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One part brunch party and one part interactive performance, Touch | Screen brings warmth and intimacy to the digital space for a 21st century, pandemic-style Valentine’s date. No date required!
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Registration Required – Limited Capacity
https://muscocenter.org/online/article/touch-screen
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Touch | Screen was developed through a virtual residency from Pieter Performance Space, made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Catch our leader @kaihazelwood this Thursday with some fabulous artists virtually in Calgary at @dancersstudiowest for a...
01/26/2021

Catch our leader @kaihazelwood this Thursday with some fabulous artists virtually in Calgary at @dancersstudiowest for a great conversation about Queer Arts Practice! Details at @dancersstudiowest 😍

Image Description: two different pictures of kai, a light skinned cis black woman with natural hair on a tan and sea foam background. Dancer’s Studio West’s logo is in magenta in the top left. In white lettering it says “queer arts practice (horizontal line) queering space” down the right side above and below the pictures of Kai it says “meet the guest facilitator Ki Hazelwood” “Jan 28th @ 7pm MST via zoom

Catch our leader @kaihazelwood this Thursday with some fabulous artists virtually in Calgary at @dancersstudiowest for a great conversation about Queer Arts Practice! Details at @dancersstudiowest 😍

Image Description: two different pictures of kai, a light skinned cis black woman with natural hair on a tan and sea foam background. Dancer’s Studio West’s logo is in magenta in the top left. In white lettering it says “queer arts practice (horizontal line) queering space” down the right side above and below the pictures of Kai it says “meet the guest facilitator Ki Hazelwood” “Jan 28th @ 7pm MST via zoom

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