28-29 April 201811am - 4pm
Central Park NorthNYCRadical Presence in the Park with Deborah Black and Julia Levine
Looking to recharge your political spirit?Ready to create change through your performance practice?
Spend a weekend in Central Park, and discover your radical presence in relationship to the natural world.
The climate, and climate change, are immense topics that can feel overwhelming. For two days we will practice leaning into the immensity and creating responses to climate issues.
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The Viewpoints, Radical Presence
Originated by dancer/choreographer, Mary Overlie, The Viewpoints deconstruct the materials used in performance: space, time, shape, emotion, story, and movement, opening up their infinite possibilities.
Improvisations and experimentation with these materials will place us in the present moment, listening and interacting spontaneously with our whole selves within a group.
Viewpoints is often practiced in a studio to encourage performers to notice their assumptions about these materials. In this workshop, we will practice the Viewpoints outside for the same reason. What are our assumptions about our relationship to nature? Can we notice hierarchies of power and control? Can we begin to shift these?
Yes, we can! And I want to help!
Climate Action through Theatre
Central Park will hold our work for a weekend of experimentation, deconstruction, play, and discovery. Deborah will tune us into the body and mind to develop a heightened presence to gravity, balance, tension, and release in movement. Using this awakened body, we will move into improvisations with the individual Viewpoints and their dialogue with one another.
Mary Overlie's theory of the original anarchist will be discussed and practiced as a principle of care and co-existence. By bringing Viewpoints into the outside landscape, we will find space for experimentation and the synthesis of ideas through the body.
Julia will help us catalyze this awakened physical presence into positive social change by leading us through a series of written and oral prompts.
By the end of the weekend, participants will create compositions based on the materials in a group. We will share with one another, as new relationships with the land are revealed. We will leave with new tools for activism, theatre, and everyday life.
I'm in! Let's do it together.
($20 off if you sign up by April 6th!Just use coupon code earlybird when checking out.)
A limited number of scholarships are available - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Meet Deborah and Julia
Deborah Black is a multi-disciplined embodied artist and teacher. She has trained with both Mary Overlie and SITI Company. From 2013-2016 she was based in Europe teaching The Viewpoints at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg (NL) as well as workshops in Holland, France, Germany, Belgium, and the UK. While previously living in NYC for nearly 15 years and working with Deborah Hay, Siobhán Cronin, Joe Williams, and the SITI Company, she began her current research of collective and individual daily practices, conflict management, the space between dance and theatre, and ecology. She has a BFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Julia Levine is a theatre artist and producer based in New York City. Her work involves collaborative processes and explorations of the twenty-first century, with particular attention to environmental concerns. Julia is Artistic Producer for The Arctic Cycle, an organization that uses the arts to foster dialogue and action on the climate crisis, and she makes plays through The UPROOT Series, a performance-based initiative to bring questions of food, climate, and justice into everyday life. juliaslevine.com
Deborah and Julia met working with Artists Rise Up New York, a group working together to create social change.
What people are saying about Radical Presence and the Viewpoints."Deborah is deeply committed to the material and brings that connection to the workshop. She teaches with clarity and sensitivity and presents the material in way that is accessible for all types/backgrounds. I was challenged and inspired by the process and left feeling a deeper awareness in my body and lightness in spirit." -- Maryanne Cheney, dancer and choreographer"Deborah's weekend introduction to Viewpoints was excellent. Her insights were both fascinating and helpful. As a facilitator, she created a calm yet encouraging atmosphere-- I felt comfortable and inspired to explore and experiment!" -- Terra Vandergraw, theatre teacher"Deborah is a well suited to facilitate and teach the Viewpoints work because of her extensive background and experience. Over and above that she is calming steady, trusting and a true "midwife" of the work." -- Martha Gelnaw, corporate coach
"I love Deborah's research-based approach to facilitating and training. I felt free to try and try again without pressure to be anything but myself - and present. This mode of training was more like playing, and that in itself is radical presence." -- Julia Levine, theatre director
photo by Anna Maynard