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ABOUT conjurer / khokhoi aka kk / aka mary alinney villacastion
Hello, my name is KhoKhoi, a childhood nickname meaning ‘little crab that bites.’ I come from generations of healers, creators, leaders & fisherfolk with origins in Bantayan (Bisayan for ‘watchtower’), an island in the central heart Visayan Philippine sea.
At heart, I am a traveling artist-anthropologist, hatha yogi, power plant herbalist, movement researcher, embodied videographer, slow writer, endless learner & healer of migrant islander diaspora.
This learning journey in spirit arts is humbly informed by psychedelic & medicinal plants in the Mexica traditions, Ayurveda foundational studies in India and bodywork/hilot in the Philippines. My movement as healing practice is informed by studies in hatha yoga, butoh dance, somatics, contemporary, ritual theater & kalaripayattu.
I approach the healing arts from a Visayan Philippine islander worldview that syncreticizes indigenous animism, south/east Asian healing traditions, folk faith & contemporary modalities.
My healing arts practice informs my cultural arts research on the sensual body in shifting techno-ecologies, or mediated environments. With a BA in Anthropology from Barnard College of Columbia University & an MA in Media Studies from The New School of Public Engagement, I have received awards, fellowships & residencies from Asian Cultural Council, The New School & Tropical Futures Institute to study body-based Visayan cultural media arts. My creative work is in collaboration and collective, as a core member of NYC's Red Canary Song, Bantayan's Panlantawon and CosmiKnots.
As a migrant settler to Turtle Island, I am indebted to the Seminoles swamplands of South Florida and the Lenapehoking coastal islets of New York City that my feet have called 'home.' As a conjurer, I continue to re-imagine relational intimacies through healing touch, plants, dance, performance, movement media & cultural arts.
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COMMITMENTS IN BODY STUDIES:
200-hour Hatha Yoga Certification & 100-hour Ayurveda Foundations from Ayuryoga EcoAshram with Vinod Kumar
Hilot Academy of Binabaylan & Body Options for Philippine-based massage certifications
Butoh Dance: Diego Piñón (Body Ritual Movement), Yokko (Ren Gyo Soh), Yumiko Yoshioka (Body Resonance)
2017 Public Performance Fellowship with Betty's Daughter Art's Collaborative (Ritual Theater in Black Womanist Tradition)
Contemporary Dance workshops: Movement Research, Gibney
Kalari student at Kalarigram: Temple of Kalaripayattu & Ayurveda
Ex-student of Somatic Movement Therapy at The School of Somatics & Social Justice + Alternate Route in Dance Movement Therapy at 92Y Harkness Dance Center
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