Embodying Creativity - Arts & Ideas Festival Creativity Workshops - International Centre for
 

Imagination is more important than knowledge / Knowledge is limited / Imagination encircles the world / ALBERTEINSTEIN

 
 


Saturday, June 18, 9am-4pm
BREE COMMON ATRIUM
Albertus Magnus College
New Haven, Connecticut

$99 - REGISTER NOW

The body is as much a creative organ as our brain, yet many of us ignore our kinesthetic intelligence. From playing with ideas, to moving toward insight, to embodying creative wisdom, movement is both a creative act in its own right while also a means of feeding creativity in other areas. Discover from Irish poet Anne O'Reilly how play creates the space for creativity and transformation. Then, join national leaders in dance, movement and play - representing Pilobolus Dance Theatre, InterPlay, the Alexander Technique and others - to explore how the physical experience of moving can unlock your creativity and imagination. No previous dance experience is necessary to participate in this day, but be prepared to move.


WORKSHOP DETAILS AND SCHEDULE

EMBODYING CREATIVITY: 
ENGAGING CREATIVE COLLABORATION THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY

8:00 A.M.

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

Bree Common Atrium
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Albertus Magnus Campus Map

9:00 A.M.

OPENING SESSION ... SETTING THE CONTEXT

Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination; Anne O'Reilly, Poet and author of Sacred Play: Soul Journeys in Contemporary Irish Theatre; and guests

 

 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS BLOCK I - 
Choose 1 of A, B, C or D:

A - The Pilobolus Creative Workshop
Renee Jaworski, Dancer and Associate Artistic Director, Pilobolus Dance Theatre

This workshop uses movement as an impetus to engage participants in the collaborative creative process. The work and play of this remarkable experience incorporates elements of collaboration, decision-making, leadership and followership. Through this unique creative process, participants discover that the Pilobolus way of using movement has everything to do with everyday life. Participants in this workshop need no previous dance experience but should come prepared to move enthusiastically.

ABOUT RENEE JAWORSKI: Originally from Long Island, NY Renee received her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has performed and taught throughout the world. Her achievements include receiving her alma mater's Silver Star Alumni Award, performing at the 2007 Academy Awards and also for the Queen of England at the Royal Variety Show in 2009. She has worked with Pilobolus since 2000, directing, teaching, and choreographing. Her most recent full-company dance, Contradance, created in collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning family musician Dan Zanes, premiered at the Joyce Theater in July 2010 and is currently touring around the country. More about Pilobolus.


B - Introduction to Developmental Transformations: Exploring the Use of Improvisation and Movement in Personal Growth
Alice Forrester, Executive Director, Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic

Developmental Transformations (DvT) is a form of embodied practice developed by Dr. David Read Johnson, involving free play, movement and improvisation. DvT privileges improvisational and embodied interaction over exploration or role repertoire or story. Training focuses on our abilities to use ourselves and our capacity to communicate in subtle ways, through our own bodily movement, speech, sounds, gaze and personality. DvT may be practiced between two individuals, a group, a family or a larger community. In the context of psychotherapy and drama therapy, DvT has been especially effective with seriously disturbed populations such as patients with schizophrenia, dementia and medical illnesses; and with traumatized children and adults. However, DvT has also been practiced with healthy people for personal growth. You will:

  • Learn about how embodied psychotherapy can be used to explore issues related to freedom and creativity.
  • Experience developmental transformations in group and witness individual work, with time to discuss impact.
ABOUT ALICE FORRESTER: Alice Forrester, Ph.D., is the executive drector of the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. Clifford Beers Clinic is a community based, mental health center for excellence for the treatment of children and families ages birth to 18. She is currently on board of directors of the Connecticut Community Providers Association and is on the management team of BOOST!, the school reform committee designed to bridge community and school resources for the City of New Haven. She is the project director of the Morris A. Wessel Child and Family Trauma Center at Clifford Beers and is on the faculty of the drama therapy post-graduate training program, the Institute for Developmental Transformations in New York City. She is past-president of National Association for Drama Therapy and Past Chair of the National Coalition for Creative Arts Therapy Associations. She has a master's degree from New York University in drama therapy and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fielding University. She lives in New Haven with her partner and their three children, Elisabeth (12), Daniel (5) and Camille (2). More about Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic.

C - Diving into the Deep End of the Creative Pool or Dipping Your Toes in to Test the Waters: Exploring the Practical Tools of InterPlay to Unlock the Wisdom of Your Body
Lisa Laing, Certified InterPlay Leader and Northeast Regional Coordinator, InterPlay; L'Ana Burton, Director, CDC Creative Dance Continuum; Teaching Artist, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

InterPlay is a philosophy and practice that builds artistic skill, self-information, leadership ability and develops strong community. InterPlay is also a world-wide community of artist-activists who believe in their ability to change the world through freedom of expression. Developed over the last twenty years by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry, InterPlay is a practice based in an ethic of play that teaches groups and individuals to tap into their artistic authority and positively affect other people. You will:

  • Explore incremental steps to having your voice, stories, song, movement and even stillness and silence.
  • Share in creative collaboration with others in a playful, affirming environment.
  • Learn immediately accessible tools for unlocking your own creative expression.

ABOUT LISA LAING: Lisa Laing brings her extensive modern dance experience to InterPlay Leadership. She has been leading InterPlay groups and workshops throughout New England for more than 10 years, co-leading the Secrets of InterPlay Workshop as well as the InterPlay Life Practice Program, an in depth program for those looking to further integrate InterPlay into their daily lives and their work environment. Lisa brings InterPlay to many groups, including incarcerated women at York Correctional Facility in CT, cancer survivors enrolled in the Hope is Power program, sponsored by the Valley Shore YMCA and Middlesex Hospital and school age children. Lisa is a firm believer in the transformative, "sneaky deep" power of InterPlay to change lives, communities and the world for the better. More about Northeast Regional InterPlay.

ABOUT L'ANA BURTON: L'Ana Burton is director of CDC Creative Dance Continuum, and a teaching artist for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. More about Creative Dance Continuum.


D - Freedom To Change: A Workshop in the Alexander Technique 
Rachel Bernsen, Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, Dance Artist, Educator, and Curator

Hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity and adaptability. We can apply the Technique to every aspect of our lives; making each thing we do a creative act. It offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Engaging our mind to undo layers of interference, we create the opportunity for change. The aim of this workshop is to introduce the Technique's principles and explore them through observation, dialogue, group activities, and hands-on work. In particular, we'll look at how we can enhance the bodies' versatility as an instrument for artistic and creative expression, be it from the stage, podium, classroom, or in one to one communication. In class students will be introduced to the Technique through its application to a range of basic activities including walking, sitting, standing, and speaking. Individuals will work with partners in weight sharing and body mapping. We will also spend a short time lying in supine in active rest. A very basic movement phrase will be taught as a means for deeper investigation. Wear comfortable clothes that allow for full range of motion.

ABOUT RACHEL BERNSEN: The Alexander Technique informs Rachel Bernsen's teaching, dancing and choreography in her work's investigation of presence, embodiment and availability. She completed a 1600 hour training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in New York City and holds a national certification from The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Since 2005, as a choreographer, she has presented her work at Dance Theater Workshop, Issue Project Room, Danspace Project, Movement Research Spring Festival, Roulette, Dixon Place, Catch!, The Free Music Festival Antwerp, Belgium, and toured both Italy and Germany. She has been a guest artist, teaching Alexander Technique and contemporary dance, at Wesleyan University, Yale University, Connecticut College, University of Bridgeport, and as a teaching artist at the Moscow Dance Agency Tsekh Summer Dance Program in Moscow, Russia. Rachel also maintains a private practice in New Haven and New York City, teaching private lessons and small group classes. Rachel was a 2007 NEA Honorary Fellow at the Djerassi Resident Artists program and the recipient of a 2005/06 Fresh Tracks Residency from Dance Theater Workshop. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and has a BA in English from Macalester College. More about Rachel Bernsen.

LUNCH

Included in registration fee

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS BLOCK II - 
Choose 1 of E, F or G
(see workshop descriptions 
and facilitator bios above):

E - The Pilobolus Creative Workshop
Renee Jaworski, Dancer and Associate Artistic Director, Pilobolus Dance Theatre 

F - Introduction to Developmental Transformations: Exploring the Use of Improvisation and Movement in Personal Growth
Alice Forrester, Executive Director, Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic

G - Diving into the Deep End of the Creative Pool or Dipping Your Toes in to Test the Waters: Exploring the Practical Tools of InterPlay to Unlock the Wisdom of Your Body
Lisa Laing, Certified InterPlay Leader and Northeast Regional Coordinator, InterPlay; L'Ana Burton, Director, CDC Creative Dance Continuum; Teaching Artist, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

CLOSING SESSION ... 
INTEGRATING LESSONS LEARNED

CONFERENCE ENDS AT 4:00 P.M.

Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination; and participants and guests
5:00 - 6:00 P.M.

ARTS & IDEAS PERFORMANCE @
FREDERICK ISEMAN THEATER
1156 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut

Susan Marshall & Company's Adamantine
Adamantine is a contemporary dance performance that dwells at the intersection of dance, sound design, visual art, and theater. Within the confines of a shifting and unpredictable stage environment, the dancers move with intensity and abandon. Adamantine juxtaposes light and dark, freedom and constraint, shadow and reflection, formal and informal, joy and difficulty. The lush physicality of the dance is accompanied by an original score performed live by composer Peter Whitehead. 

"[Marshall's] work can take hold of one's emotions with startling speed and power."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer


$99 REGISTRATION - WHAT'S INCLUDED:

 

$99 - REGISTER NOW FOR THE JUNE 18 'EMBODYING CREATIVITY' WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE

  • All-day 'Embodying Creativity' Conference
  • Choice of two, in-depth workshops, facilitated by leading movement, dance and play professionals
  • Lunch
  • One ticket to Susan Marshall & Company's Adamantine performance (6/18 at 5 P.M.) and the Frame Dances companion video installation (6/18 at 6 P.M.)
  • Networking with others interested in exploring and applying their creativity

MORE GENERAL INFO ABOUT REGISTRATION - COMING SOON!

MORE INFO ABOUT 'UNLEASHING YOUR CREATIVITY' SERIES 
WORKSHOPS ON JUNE 18, 21 & 25

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OF ARTS & IDEAS


ABOUT THE 'UNLEASH 
YOUR CREATIVITY' SERIES:
The series is curated by Steven Dahlberg and presented by the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, Albertus Magnus College, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and Connecticut Creates, in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Additional support provided by Imagine Ireland.

   

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International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. All rights reserved.