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PAST workshop

Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body

Yoshiko Chuma

7:00pm – 10:00pm
December 12, 2018
Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body

131 E 10th St New York, NY 10003

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  • This workshop is part of Movement Research in Partnership.
  • MR Class Cards are not applicable.
  • This event is now taking place from 7-10pm.

Movement Research, in partnership with The Poetry Project, presents Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body. Yoshiko Chuma, Artistic Director of the award winning company The School of Hard Knocks will guide participants in a 3-day workshop about the transformation of conceptual ideas into physical movement vocabulary.

The investigation process of transformation from intellectual concepts to physical movements will be an exercise for both the brain and the body. During the 3 days, the participants will work with Ms. Chuma, in a combination of demonstration and participatory exercises. Chuma will also present action exercises with props. The workshop is open for anyone of all ages. We will use our own gestures, words, images and experiences to create movement.

How can the abstraction of words and movement guide one another toward new means of communicating? How do these practices speak to urgent political and global issues today? Dance is a monologue, flowing resistance activity using dance to deliver a delicate and powerful message. Poets will speak a kind of monologue composed of abstract dance movements. Dance is poem. The 3 day workshop will end with a small private presentation with the participants. There will be surprise guest appearances every day.

Movement Research works in partnership with local, national, and international organizations to create opportunities that spur interaction and exchange among choreographers and movement based artists through residencies, workshop exchanges, informal showings, and discussions.

Drop-in registration will not be available.

Please find accessibility information for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church here.



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Yoshiko Chuma

Yoshiko Chuma (conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks) has been a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since the 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is ...