Directing the Sensory Experience: The Nervous System and Perception
w/ Marissa Nielsen-Pincus

Saturday, April 7 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

In immersive performance, our senses are literally immersed in the experience – and the progression by which we perceive, process, and act upon sensory experience is fundamental to understanding how a scene works – both from an audience perspective, and a performer/director perspective.  Participants will move through a somatic exploration of the process by which the nervous system perceives experience, and investigate how to use this information as a performer in and/or director of immersive work.  We’ll explore how to set up clear expectations and consistent responses and how to listen to and be responsive to each individual audience member.


The Creative Practice of the Collaborating Artist
w/ Edward Rice

Thursday, April 19 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

Many diverse skills are required of artists who collaborate with choreographers and directors in devising work.  We may be called upon to generate text, movement, or design elements.  Our full investment is needed, but you cannot be overly attached to the results of your efforts. This workshop is an opportunity to hone our collaborative skills by creating materials and developing it within different scenarios.  In some moments, we will be left to our own interests and in others we will be given specific directives.  All of this is to research how to cultivate our own creative practice when it is in service to a larger work. 


Immersive Performance Skills: Group Dynamics
w/ Rebekah Morin

Saturday, April 28 – 10:00am - 4:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

This day-long workshop investigates group dynamics through the medium of movement. In interactive and improvisational performance (and in life) we use our relationship to space and time to lead, follow, and communicate ideas. Using simple pedestrian movement scores and games, the morning session will work with the differences between working in pairs and in small and large groups. In the afternoon, we'll have the opportunity to investigate what happens to our communication over time. As we get to know each other, we often gain understanding and predictive power but lose spontaneity. We’ll explore strategies to stay present and to play the line between building rapport with consistency, and maintaining interest with surprise.  This workshop will include a lunch break. A dance or theater background is not required, only a curiosity about our physical intelligence.

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