Workshop with OosImaginary


July 9, 2-5pm

PHCA’s Professional Development Program presents
a workshop with OosImaginary (Chicago):

Improvisational Performance

Cost: $10-$30 sliding scale
Location: The Packing House Center for the Arts
835 E. 50th Ave.
Denver, CO 80216

View OosImaginary performance trailer here

We will explore physical, mental, vocal, musical, verbal, and imaginative processes necessary for “total” improvisation. Drawing from wide ranging disciplines, such as Contact Improvisation, Viewpoints, Contemporary Dance and clowning, as well as experimental music practices and poetry, this workshop seeks to question the limitations that we place on ourselves as performers, and offers a contemporary, very interdisciplinary approach towards dealing with improvisational performance. Specific exercises will focus on hybridizing forms of expression that are traditionally kept separate, engaging with our own individual performance habits and challenging them to mutate, and collaborating with others in foreign contexts (such as musical exercises for “non-musicians” or movement exercises for “non-dancers”). Above all, this workshop will seek to create situations in which roles of musician, dancer, and actor may disintegrate, leaving nothing but space, bodies in it, and their tools of expression. By exploring these situations, we will try to deepen our understanding of what improvisation is and how we can apply it to the processes of creation, performing, play, performing, and fundamentally in living our lives.

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in or practices improvisational performance of any kind, especially (but not limited to) dancers, musicians, and actors.

BIO: OosImaginary hails from the beautiful Archer Ballroom in Chicago, IL, which serves as a home, studio, & performance space for the members of the group. The group is made up of Lisa Frank, Teddy Rankin-Parker, and Sam Goodman. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, each member brings a unique blend of talents to create a powerful, heterogeneous, and always-unpredictable style. Their collaborative process places equal emphasis on rigorous physical training, hybridizing forms, & engaging with the present. Above all, OosImaginary is striving towards a holistic, or “total” improvisation, in which roles of musician, dancer, and actor may disintegrate, leaving nothing but space, bodies in it, and their tools of expression.

This summer they are touring their work nationally, presenting performances & workshops in such cities as Louisville, Santa Fe, Salt Lake, City, Seattle, San Francisco, & Ventura. They are charting the progress of the tour on their blog, which can be viewed at http://oosimaginary.tumblr.com/.

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