From Feldenkrais to GoPro

Mary Armentrout

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Choreographer Mary Armentrout is in residence to develop a new performance with media artist Ian Winters, composer Evelyn Ficarra, and performer Chris Evans. Together, the collaborators will lead a workshop in which participants explore the intersections of bodily experience and technology. The workshop begins with an awareness-through-movement sequence based on the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. It consists of a series of gentle movement exercises that bring individual attention to the bodily experience, thus cultivating embodied awareness. The artists will then lead participants in compositional exercises using technology such as GoPro cameras to explore electronic mediation from a consciously embodied state.

NOTE: This workshop is free and open to the public but capacity is limited. Please arrive early and check in at the box office upon arrival to ensure your participation. Wear comfortable clothing.

Ashley Ferro-Murray

Mary Armentrout is a San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist, and director of Mary Armentrout Dance Theater. She is the winner of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award, one of the most prestigious honors for Bay-area choreographers. She has long collaborated on her site-specific and staged works with Ian Winters and Evelyn Ficarra. Winters develops visual and acoustic media environments for stage. Together, Armentrout and Winters run their studio The Milkbar in Richmond, CA. Ficarra is lecturer in the music department at the University of Sussex, where she is also the Assistant Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theater. Armentrout brings her years-long collaborations with Winters and Ficarra to new work with music and dance artist Chris Evans, who participates in the House Full of Black Women Project, Bandelion Dance Theater, and Black and White Projects art collective in Oakland, CA.

From Feldenkrais to GoPro
Please check in at the EMPAC box office upon arrival and come dressed in comfortable clothing.
April 12, 2017, 5PM8PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.