Class I: Turning Poetry into a Multimedia Experience (10AM-12PM)
Taught By: Thomas Fucaloro & Todd Anderson
Is performance poetry just about walking on stage and reading your poem in a booming voice or can it be more? Can it also inspire in a visual way not just auditory? Can we use media or images or film to add another layer to what we have written. In this workshop we will focus on getting around performance stereotypes and work on developing your words as visuals using Video and computers. We will be looking at the visual text of a poem making the audience read not listen. How does composing it this way change your process? We will focus on and workshop on the technology you need to do this which will be held by Todd Anderson and then we will be going through performance techniques because as visual as you are there is still room to enhance performance and that part will be led by Thomas Fucaloro. We will also be examining classic poetry to enhance stage performance. We will be looking at Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and more.
Class II: The Moment of Creation (12:15PM-2:15PM)
Taught By: Caitlin Gill
“The unknown becomes a friend, absurdity is worn well, fear is gently smiled at. The making-a-fool quality is always present when you stand at the edge of the empty space and…willingly take the first step.” – Barbara Dilley.
“Continuous present and beginning again, and using everything.” – Gertrude Stein
What happens when we sit still? What happens when we move from sitting still? When does it happen? The decision from stillness to movement? The act from mind to the moment of creation? In this three week course, we’re going to explore making our art from a place of stillness/movement with these questions in mind. It’s an exploration. An experiment. We will employ all of the curiosity in our artist bodies and perhaps try something new. Something weird. Something scary. Something beautiful. Something.
We will make the studio and our time together a sacred space. Everything is welcome. We will work as an ensemble to support eachother in the vulnerable space of process. Whether you’re creating something new or working on an existing project, we’re learning how to create while being with others and using their strengths to support our own process. We’re also learning how to be with our fellow artists on their journeys from a place of openness and support.Most importantly, we will play. And we’ll see what comes of these curious endeavors.
Class III: From Page to Stage (2:30PM-4:30PM)
Taught By: Dan Dissinger, Aimee Herman & Megan DiBello
Our three-instructor approach is the unique experience which sets this class apart. Get to know your own writing through performance. Challenge yourself to Revive, React, and Represent your work! In addition to receiving writing prompts and weekly assignments, students are challenged to get to know their own work through performance, both in class and on stage. Students are also encouraged to contribute to open discussion of one another’s writing and readings. The three instructors also address the needs of individual students, focussing in on writing craft, performance style, and self-editing.