Open Heart Lab is a drop-in workshop/laboratory/studio session/rehearsal led by Diana Crum. Open to all, it will start with opportunities to wake up your physical range and strength. Participants can follow Crum’s directions or not. Following, Crum will introduce prompts, based on somatics and imagery, for improvisational exploration. Currently, her prompts explore the role, function, and associations we make with the heart.
Everyone in the room must participate (i.e. collaborate and/or rebel) in some form. The nature and form of participation can vary. Responses can be movement, drawing, writing, making sound, etc.
The session is intended for individuals interested in practicing movement and/or creative research alongside others. All disciplines and experience levels are welcome.
You are also welcome to show up at the door.
is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, committed to dance as a form of inquiry and exchange. After years of creating and presenting work, she is deep in a study of somatic practices and how they relate to public performances, discourse and community practices. Her choreography has been presented in NYC; Atlanta, GA; Durham, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; Vienna, Austria; and Nancy, France, among others cities. Commissioners include chashama (New York, NY) and loveDANCEmore (Salt Lake City, UT). She has performed in works by Steve Paxton, Emily Wexler, Jennifer Monson, and many others.
Crum’s work often takes into consideration context and community. Consequently, she has developed a body of site-specific work, community projects and a strong teaching practice. She is currently Program Director of Dance Makers in the Schools at Movement Research and teaches with Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. As Abrons Engagement Artist-in-Residence, she created and facilitated AUNTS, nieces, nephews and grandparents, a one-time performance party event that brought together seniors, teenagers and artists on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. She has previously taught at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and Hollins University (Roanoke, VA), among others. MFA from Hollins University. BA from Columbia University. More info at www.dianacrumanddancers.org