TUESDAYS AT 7PM: 10 SESSIONS BEGIN OCTOBER 12TH
This is a movement workshop for writers who want to explore creating movement out of words and writing out of movement. No dance, theater, or athletic ability/experience is required. Dancers or choreographers who want to work with language and with untrained movers are also very welcome. We’ll start with a physical warm up designed to fire up your senses, center you in your body, and get your creative juices flowing. We’ll explore ways of writing inspired by movement. We’ll look at people moving on video (from Jerry Lewis, and Robin Williams to sports to break dancing, from Yvonne Rainer, Douglas Dunn, Bill T. Jones to my own dances) with an eye toward new kinds of writing: texts to accompany performance, to combine poetry with documentation, that designs movement or is energized by it. We’ll look at some texts that have inspired or accompanied dance & performance (from Emily Dickinson to Vito Acconci to John Cage, etc.) And we’ll especially look at our own writing to imagine performing it & putting it in motion. Through collaborations, talking about videos, writing and editing together and alone, we’ll create performances that spotlight the experiments that start with our bodies. When you stimulate your body, your creative process comes alive in ways that will amaze you. Let’s open some new horizons for your writing. Did I already say no movement training or dance experience necessary? Wear or bring comfortable clothes & shoes. Sally Silvers is writer/ choreographer who has been making dances and texts for 30 years. Her first group work featured non-dancer poets. She also currently dances for Yvonne Rainer. Read her interview with long-term collaborator Bruce Andrews by Erica Kaufman in The Poetry Project Newsletter online.