The Body in Action

Paths Towards a Personal Cartography
21 June 2014 to 23 June 2014
Massey University, Wellington
Workshop with international performance artist, VIOLETA LUNA

Violeta’s work activates 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. She performs and teaches workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, 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 Fellow, and a member of the Magdalena Project of International Women Performance Artists. Significant works include: Requiem for a Lost Land, NK603: Action for Performer and e-Maiz, Frida and a series of collaborations with La Pocha Nostra.

This workshop has been created for artists of performance, dancers, actors, spoken word or visual artists interested in performance art and in exploring the intersection of the personal, the theatrical and the political through stage actions. 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.)

Who should apply: Professional or students of performance, spoken-word, actors, dancers and visual artists. All applicants should have a basic understanding of the discipline of performance art.
Wellington, June 21-23 Theatre Lab, Massey University, Wellington

Limited to 16 places $150 per participant

To register interest or for further information, please email Emma Willis:

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