{elbow room} at Waterfall Arts

Performance creation workshops in April

Mar 16, 2019
Lisa Leaverton

Belfast — {elbow room} in co-production with Waterfall Arts will present Pop-up Performance workshops Mondays, April 8, 15 and 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the nonprofit art center, 256 High St.

This workshop series, appropriate for all participants at any level of experience, offers fresh new ways of performance creation. In a supportive environment, participants will engage in fun, low-stakes exercises, focusing on specific elements of performance. This is more than a writing group; although participants work on the page, they will think on their feet and with their eyes and ears. The workshops also may be used as a process to build a longer performance work.

Lisa Leaverton, who founded the original performance series {elbow room} in co-production with Waterfall Arts, said participants should “come prepared to play and to break their own rules!" Each class in the series may be taken singly or as a group for a discount. Details can be found on the Classes and Events page of waterfallarts.org.

Material created in the new pop-up workshops may become works unto themselves, serve as a springboard for a longer performance, even spark inspiration for a variety of new works. All are welcome, whether interest is in solo performance, performance poetry, devised theater, improvisation, comedy, playwriting, spoken word, site-specific performance, intermedia performance, puppets or other live performance.

In the first workshop of the series, Scripting Performances, participants will seek fun and inspiration in unexpected places, exploring poetics of Fluxus scores and happenings and non-traditional play scripts before scripting their own short performances. What results might become a short work unto itself or serve as a springboard for a longer performance. The workshop will be taught by playwright and director Leaverton.

The April 15 Unexpected Characters workshop offers fresh ways of developing characters and scenes. Participants will have some fun exploring human and non-human characters alike before experimenting with live performance.

The last workshop is a Viewpoints Workshop taught by Andrew Simon, director of Barn Arts Collective. Participants will practice working with tools of staging and composition, in fun and interactive exercises. Participants will improvise on their feet, observing tempo, duration, gesture and spatial relationship as they create scenes.

The overall objective is in incubating new original performance works, some of which may be performed in the {elbow room} series. Artists presenting in the series have included playwright Carolyn Gage; poet-playwright William Yellow Robe and performer-scholar Margo Lukens; performance poet Becca Glazer and musician-performance artist White Gourd; and Jennifer Ellsworth, as well as the performance ensemble. For more information, email elbowroombelfast@gmail.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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