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A class about saying stuff while dancing, doing things, or just standing there
UnMUTE your performance! You may be:
-a dancer who wants to make and use text
-an actor who is sick of the script and ready to make original work
-a seasoned performance talker trapped in sense-making and habits
-a living novel seeking form
-an artist who wants to open their voice and expand the potential of language in their work
Get verbal with your body in CYBERSPACE. Stacy is no stranger to making words for performance and loves to work with others so they can shake out the wonders of their creative consciousness. We condition the voice every class and invoke text birthing tools such as “talking contexts”, “unspooling”, “Van Morrison sandwich”, and “yodeling is for everyone”.
We will also use Mary Overlie’s Viewpoints work (SSTEMS) and other physical performance and dance methods to squeeze out your language-ing. It is fun to work this way in your home space and in the virtual reality that we create together when we meet. Working communally in cyberspace is possible, and TALKING OUT LOUD SAYING WORDS in this format is as cool as water from a mountain stream.
Stacy Dawson Stearns is an award winning interdisciplinary performing artist known for her original works as well as her performance with Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Hal Hartley, Ken Nintzel, and Blacklips Performance Cult. She has performed internationally and across the U.S. in venues including Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Spoleto USA, Walker Art Center, The Whitney, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, HERE, Town Hall, City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop (NYLA), PS 122, MassMoCA, Abrons Art Center, The Performing Garage, and REDCAT. Currently, she is creating content for new VR media with her partners at FEARHOUSE360.com, developing a new play called Forever Home with NY performance artist Christine Holt, and creating a dance-with-talking based on Terence McKenna’s insights about self-transforming machine elves. Stacy is a recipient of the 2019 Pieter Dancemakers Grant. Most recently, Stacy choreographed musical numbers for the world premiere of Qui Nguyen’s play Revenge Song, a Vampire Cowboys creation at the Geffen Playhouse, Feb 4-March 28, 2020. www.stacydawsonstearns.com