Theater Improvisation for Community Building

Mary Rose will be offering a variety of games and improvised experiences that transport us from our normal trains of thought (often stuck in memories of the past, anticipation/fear of the future, or judgements of ourselves and others), into the sensory moment that we are experiencing in the present.  A certified teacher of Action Theater–a practice of improvisation that has its roots in physical theater, meditation and dance–she is passionate about uncovering and activating the human potential for connection in the moment.  We will move our bodies, tune in to our breath, focus on what we are sensing and experiencing, share stories, laugh, connect.  We will play with movement, sounds and words.  We will sometimes try exercises in a group, sometimes with partners, and sometimes alone.  You will always have the option of being a witness instead of participating if that is what you need at that moment.  You will always be encouraged to take care of your body and not push beyond its limitations.

The value of this work shows up in so many ways.  In this time of many intense emotions, it is important to have ways of connecting joyfully with others with no need for anything but your self.  It is also so valuable to tap into a larger sense of self–once you experience your own body in the moment, you gain an ability to explore movement and vocal expression in ways that are not usual for yourself and liberate you from any boxes you or others put you in, connecting you with the greater human/life experience. Additionally, many of the games offer an experience of being seen and heard and having your experience reflected back to you in such a way that you can let go of feelings of isolation and helplessness.  We are all in this together!  Let’s find ways of playing with what we have!

April 04, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm
350PDX - Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97212
United States
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Barbara Ford · · (503) 281-1485
Crystal Elinski Evelyn Kochanowski Joanne Busiel Pamela Norris Tina Kolpakowski Lisa cohn Maveret McClellan Carol Imani Brooke Budy Sarah McKenzie Adriana Voss-Andreae

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