Call and Response: Explorations in the Civic Body

with Onye Ozuzu & Krista DeNio

Programming category: 
October 11, 2012 - 5:00pm - October 14, 2012 - 4:00pm

How do we speak in the body politic? How does the body of the group recognize the voice of the individual? And vice versa? How does the body support the voice? And vice versa? How does the voice represent the body? Can we transform the cultural traditions of our dances, songs, and stories into useful civic processes for the present discourse? Can we expand the footprint of our performance arts into active participation with the processes through which communities, society, citizenry make decisions and affect the direction of our shared experience?

This workshop will draw on 5 (collective) decades of cross disciplinary practice and performance experience in social dance forms; concert dance forms; vocal work; martial arts; energy based body practices; sports; cultural studies; choreography, rhythm-based, solo, group, movement & theater improvisation, to guide an integration of physical practice, dialogue & intellectual engagement, to investigate how we can design civic space that supports discourse and to engage in discourse that represents the body, our bodies.

Student/Retiree: $200
Regular: $250
Professional: $300

Room and Board:
Guest Lodge: $150
Camping: $130
Commuting: $120

Work trade, Pay it forward, and Gift Economy options available

Onye Ozuzu

Onye Ozuzu is a dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator and researcher currently serving as Chair of the Dance Department at Columbia College Chicago. She was Associate Chair, Director of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado, Boulder. While there, her work was notable for its balance of visionary and practical progress in the arenas of curricular, artistic, and community development of diversity, collaboration and interdisciplinary performance arts. She herself has been actively making and performing work since 1997. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho (Manhattan, NY), Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), as well as many anonymous site-specific locations around the world. She was a 2010 recipient of the Innovative Seed Grant, University of Colorado’s most prestigious research grant, for her ethnographic research project ADADIA African Drum and Dance in America: the Oral History Archive.

She has recently been in residence at Earthdance and teaching at Bates Dance Festival where she continues to expand work as an AfroModern contemporary technique teacher and work on Technology of the Circle, a group improvisation and interdisciplinary performance process. Her most recent choreographic endeavor, And They Lynched him on a Tree, is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort that premiered in February at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre, in Boulder, CO a center for the intersection of art, science and technology.

Krista DeNio

Krista DeNio is a choreographer, director, performer, writer, & educator. She has worked in California, New York City, New Mexico, Western Mass, Colorado, and internationally.  She is committed to continually evolving forms of performance work, and to the development of interdisciplinary thinking & creation within and between the fields of dance & theater.  Current projects include: Edith & me, a solo performance piece influenced by the life and music of Edith Piaf, along with DeNio's personal narrative & CONTACT, written & performed by a mixed ensemble of veterans of war & civilians.  Krista [] is currently the Executive & Artistic Director of Earthdance [].

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