SUNDAY, JULY 10: Chestnut Hill Book Fair workshop is $10 and open to the public.
10:30-12, Bombay Room, Chestnut Hill Hotel: Poetry Workshop: Deconstructed Full-Body Breath Verse
Bonnie MacAllister will instruct participants through a multimedia approach to performance potery. Each participant will create a full body narrative (theatre of breath and motion) and learn the techniques of storyboarding, kinesthetic, and deconstructed breath verse.* Students will work in teams to produce their final presentation. This encourages cooperation, fosters self-esteem, and requires compromise and collaboration. Each student will have used a multidisciplinary and kinesthetic approach to production and creativity.
Workshops Will Cover the Following Goals:
1) Warm ups, Visual, Kinesthetic, Written Narrative Participants will begin with a text as a prompt. Each student will present the text using a visual map and create gestures to convey the story without words. Students will then present the text orally. Students will create their own original poems complete with images and gestures for a full body approach to the narrative of place and physical body. Students will focus on creating forms with our bodies, and showing how our bodies would tell our stories.
2) Storyboarding-8 panel Students will create 8-panels to tell the narrative of their pieces, breaking lines of poetry into scenes.
3) Deconstructed Breath Verse* Group will decipher poetry and text that is formed in verses as well as only in abstract letters. Participants will create a visual picture using only letters (c, o, r, etc.). Students will then perform the piece using sound and gestures. *MacAllister is the creator of this form after intense work at the Sorbonne with Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous, and Agnes Varda.
4) Group Presentations in Collaboration—Students will work in teams to produce the presentation, incorporating kinesthetic, visual, and deconstructed breath verse techniques. This encourages cooperation, fosters self-esteem, and requires compromise and collaboration. Each student will have used a multidisciplinary and kinesthetic approach to production and creativity.
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia performance artist and playwright who has been the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays to Ethiopia and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently showing work at Boricua College in New York and at Galeria no.6 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her play, “Tapped” will be produced by Green Light Arts in “The Dressing Room” for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival at the Plastic Club in September. She was recently published by Hoax and Pink Noise, and she has three films in Survey 0014 by ClassWarKaraoke.com. She is the author of Some Words Are No Longer Words, Women and Children of Ethiopia, and Coptic: Ethiopian Mysticism. For more info: bonniemacallister.com.