Location: Arapahoe Campus Green
This workshop will develop our ability to authentically witness, communicate, and support one another while honoring sovereignty and boundaries within ourselves and our partners.
Through a variety of physical exercises and improvisational structures we will explore ways to get in touch with our desires and boundaries. We will practice asking for consent for every interaction with a partner and train saying no with both the voice and body. We will explore the vulnerability of expressing desires and test strategies for verbal and non-verbal communication.
Use of touch in this workshop will be non-sexual and non-violent. Modifications will be given if students have access needs with this material.
About Gwen Richie:
Gwen Hunter Ritchie holds a BA cum laude in Dance from the University of South Florida, attended SUNY Purchase, and an MFA in dance and somatics from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has danced professionally with various contemporary dance companies/choreographers including: Malashock Dance & Company, Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange, Lower Left Dance, Dance Alloy, PearlArts, and The Kevin Wynn Collection. She directed her own repertory dance company, LABCO Dance in Pittsburgh from 2002-2009. Her research interests include ensemble improvisation, contact improvisation, the intersection of dance and disability, interdisciplinary collaboration and disrupting hierarchical structures in dance. Gwen is currently teaching contact improvisation, dance lab (contemporary dance), body/mind improvisation, and dance ensemble at Naropa University.
This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.
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