Vulnerability for Performers

Blending dance movement, personal interview, and improvisation, this exercise will promote vulnerability and collaboration within the participating group. Participants should dress in clothing that allows free movement (no skirts, jewelry; sneakers are preferred) and be prepared for an intensive experience. Those with asthma, injuries, or other conditions which may restrict movement or hinder a participant's ability to complete the exercise would be encouraged to seek other workshop opportunities. This workshop is ideal for existing groups with individuals who are eager to see and understand one another beyond their surface interactions.

Location
Maryland Institute College of Art
Instructor
Ryan Nicotra
Part of
November 4 Knowledge Exchange Day
Sessions
Saturday, November 4, 2017 3:00 - 4:30 PM
 
 

Ryan Antony Nicotra is the Development Director at Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore’s largest alternative theatre. He is the founder and former Company Director of The BOOM Theatre Co., a troupe dedicated to the creation of new works and reimagined classics.

Ryan is an alumnus of the Goucher College MA Arts Administration program; his master's thesis focuses on the intersection of design thinking and cultural equity with applications in the nonprofit arts sector. Ryan is a frequent presenter and contributor to art publications on the topics of cultural equity, arts advocacy, and adaptive leadership. He is the founder of the Harford County Arts & Culture Alliance, a student-led arts advocacy coalition near Baltimore, MD. He recently joined the faculty of Goucher College as a Lecturer in Business Management, teaching two courses in arts management this school year.

Blending dance movement, personal interview, and improvisation, this exercise will promote vulnerability and collaboration within the participating group. Participants should dress in clothing that allows free movement (no skirts, jewelry; sneakers are preferred) and be prepared for an intensive experience. Those with asthma, injuries, or other conditions which may restrict movement or hinder a participant's ability to complete the exercise would be encouraged to seek other workshop opportunities.

Overview:
Students will complete a rigorous physical exercise that culminates in personal interviews, which dismantle barriers to actors seeking to access difficult emotions.

Objective:
1. Participants shall interpret and develop improvised responses to the "5 Sacred Rhythms" (flowing, flying, chaos, lyrical, stillness).
2. Participants shall demonstrate and encourage vulnerability amongst their participating cohort.
3. Participants shall understand and consider their thresholds of emotional discomfort within a safe and encouraging environment.

Intended Participant Outcomes:

1. A comfort and ability to access difficult emotions.
2. An understanding of the importance of reciprocal trust and modeling vulnerability within a cohort.
3. A comfort and ability to use the body as a more expressive tool.


Activity:
1. Physical warm-up to establish ground rules for the workshop.
2. 5 Sacred Rhythms exercise.
3. Personal interviews.
4. Group debrief/discussion.