Performance Workshops, Spring 2014


Saturdays, February 22–March 29, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012

The Department of Performance presents a workshop series conducted by Performance Graduate students.

Joint workshop

Saturday, February 22, 3:00–6:00 p.m.

Poptimism & Headphone AlienNation

Instructor: Charles Rice

Poptimism and Headphone AlienNation will explore how pop music can become a therapeutic exploration of inner emotion. The workshop will also address both the problems and positive effects of a contemporary culture where our ears are always full of noise, which both alienates and brings us together.

Requirement: please bring headphones.

Objects as Bodies, Bodies as Objects

Instructor: Annie Cottrell

What is the line between object and body? Where is this line blurred or traversed? We will look at the body's spatial and linguistic relationship to objects, from prop to personification.

How to Open at Will the Window onto the Most Beautiful Landscape in the World and Elsewhere

Saturday, March 8, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Instructors: Lindsey Barlag Thornton and Amelia Charter

Live performance composition strategies: systems, scores, image-making, senses and perceptions. Bring an object of interest—an object of thought, of writing, of material, of movement—for investigating and sharing.


Saturday, March 15, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Instructors: Mitsu Salmon and Lisa Stertz

Butoh is an experimental dance exploring body, imagery and impulses. It was originally a Japanese contemporary dance, which emerged after World War II, investigating in metamorphosis and movement as such. It is now presented widely in an international frame.

Mitsu Salmon studied Butoh for three years in Japan with the company ImaTenko and Kiraza. Lisa Stertz started practicing Butoh in Berlin under Yko Kaseki two years ago. Both are interested in the gesture through movement and its cultural value seen in history, memory and action.

The workshop will address these respective notions. It will be composed of a basic warm-up and exercises in embodiment and imagery. All levels are welcome. Please bring clothes to move in!

Sourcing Sexuality for Performance

Saturday, March 29, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Instructors: Natalia Nicholson and Olive Stefanski

A workshop in live performance creation mining the sublime spectrum of gender, race, class, sexuality and ability in performance. Please bring an object, a garment or a piece of writing for us all to play with. Please bring yourself in comfortable clothes you can move in.