adf Scripps studios Workshops
All upcoming workshops will be posted here! Watch this space. 🙂
Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705
December 4, 4:15-6:15pm
The act of moving and that of capturing movement is a dynamic encounter between the body and the camera. In the process, both mover and captor enter into an embodied immersion of somatic and artistic elements. The captor is motivated by the mover, thus using the camera as choreographer. Sighted and sensed, the mover’s somatic sensibilities also are affected by the relationship.
In this workshop, each participant will play dual roles – as mover and as captor. We will first ‘warm-up’ through a guided somatic exploration in Human Origami – an improvisational movement form developed by Batson. Then, in duos, each partner will play the role of mover and captor using a mobile phone. Movers will be given instructions on how to re-enter and recapture selected elements from the warmup. The captor will record up to two minutes of the improvisation, choosing points of departure and closure in the moment, but without editing. After switching roles, the partners will share their experiences from the vantage point of both sides of the lens, and the group as a whole will reflect on the interweaving of the phenomenological and the digital.
The workshop is open to all interested participants. Please dress comfortably for movement and bring your own cell phone fully charged and with enough storage space for a short video clip.
Dancing with Parkinson’s
September 26-November 21, 2019
This free workshop series will use mindful movement, dance and imagery to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity.
The fall class series follows the 2019 creation of the ADF commissioned performance: They Are All (read press here: https://indyweek.com/culture/stage/adf-review-they-are-all-murielle-elizeon-tommy-noonan/), and is an integrated part of a unique 3-year project led by choreographers Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon in collaboration with a diverse group of dancers living with and without Parkinson’s, dance educators, Physical Therapists and Neuroscientists. The goal is to seed new perspectives on the positive effects of creative, mindful movement for those living with Parkinson’s, and to lay the groundwork for a future formal research project.
The They Are All/Dancing with Parkinson’s project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.