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January 14-15, 2017
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FRESH2017 Chrysa Parkinson, Sherwood Chen, Violeta Luna

FRESH 2017 PRACTICES • Weekends 1, 2 ,3

Saturday-Sunday, January 7-8 | January 14-15 | January 21-22

12:30-5:30pm | Joe Goode Annex [401 Alabama Street, SF]

$100 – Practice | $550 – 6 Practices | $1100 – 12 Practices

FRESH PRACTICES are 3 weeks and 3 weekends of  immersive research and training in dance and related forms facilitated by innovative artists for serious practitioners and interested bodies. FRESH PRACTICES explore corporeality, somatic awareness, movement techniques, improvisational modalities, creative processes, performance experiments, embodied theories and human potential.


Saturday-Sunday, January 7-8

Performers and Authorship (II)   
Chrysa Parkinson

Physical performance practices and guided discussion will be used to consider experience as work, authored by the performer. Performers can be inscribed and informed (de-formed, re-formed) by both context and content. There’s a double pressure that forms a border-realm between the inside-out and the outside-in. What qualities does that border need? What are the roles and materials performers create when working between how they are seen and how they see? What traces are left when the role is over and the materials no longer in use? Who do those traces belong to? How?

Glitches, ghosts, kinesthetic empathy, abstraction, distraction and inscription are some of the many tools that will be welcome and in play during these two days.

Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Stockholm and Berkeley, California.  She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O’Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others.  She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Adrian Heathfield, Veli Lehtovaara, Remy Heritier, Boris Charmatz, Andros Zins-Browne, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester.  She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at PARTS (be) since 1998.  Chrysa’s writing and films have been published and distributed internationally.  Her most recent project, The Dancer as Agent Collection, is available at She is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm.


Saturday-Sunday, January 14-15

1 Fear 2 Dream           
Sherwood Chen

What happens when a fear is observed, danced with, burnt, transmitted and misinterpreted through your body? Through ours?  This weekend workshop combines partnered, group and solo work. Rhythmic, reckless floorwork will heat group energy and flirt with destabilization. We will chase mirages as a generative act. Scored improvisations will permit us to observe one’s own body and others’ as total, subjectified phenomena, ripe for transmission, repetition and corruption. Bring: your inquisitive body, a notebook, a blindfold, earplugs, headphones / mp3 player to move in, with one album that moves you. And prepare to sweat.

Sherwood Chen performs and leads workshops internationally. He has worked as a performer with artists including Anna Halprin, Xavier Le Roy, Amara Tabor-Smith, inkBoat, Grisha Coleman, Yuko Kaseki, Dohee Lee, Christine Bonansea, Min Tanaka and Sara Shelton Mann.  For over twenty years, he has contributed to Body Weather research.


Saturday-Sunday, January 21-22       

The Body: Territory and frontier       
Violeta Luna

Workshop participants will make use of their personal memory and identity as the expressive territory where they will chart a vocabulary of stage actions. Drawing on their use of body, participants will also work on imagery related to their individual and social understanding of gender, sexuality and race. Some thematic threads in the workshop include: Body (fiction and non-fiction, presence and inner strength, body as subject/object;) Space (internal and external, spatial relationships, the intervention of public and private space;) Time (real-time, fictional-time, ritual-time;) Action (site-specific, action – reaction, responses to real and imagined stimuli, audience interaction, the creative accident.) Please bring one or two meaningful objects from your personal archeology.

Violeta Luna’s (Performance Artist/Activist) work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement.  Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena.  Born in Mexico City, Luna obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro (UNAM,) and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Rwanda, Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and USA. While primarily working as a solo performer, she is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados. She is a Creative Capital and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fellow, and a member of The Magdalena Project: International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. Significant works include: Requiem for a Lost Land, Frida, NK603: Action for Performer and e-Maiz, Apuntes sobre la Frontera and a series of collaborations with La Pocha Nostra.


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