In.To.Me.See. one-to-one performance workshop with Allison Wyper
Saturday, Mar 8 2014
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2 day workshop: Saturday + Sunday, March 8+ 9, 2-6pm

Cost:  $95 ($80 if paid if full no later than February 15th).

Designed for students or professionals with experience in dance, theater, and/or performance.  Culminates in a public showing on Sunday, March 9, from 6-8pm.

In this workshop we investigate and experiment with intimate (one-on-one and very small audience) performance. Think small, personal encounters––the private-in-public.
• How do we configure micro-audiences in relation to performing bodies?
• How do we, as performers, offer up our corporeal, spiritual, emotional, politicized selves in intimate performance settings?
• What do we ask of the viewer?  How do we invite them in?
• How do we form micro-communities in a liminal space (theater, gallery, street)?
• How do we negotiate social contracts of mutual dependence?

Individually and in collaboration, students will practice making participatory interdisciplinary work in intimate settings, and create spaces for intimacy within public settings.Throughout the process we consider techniques and strategies for sustaining our performing selves within sometimes intense encounters.  We will pay special attention to our physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual endurance. As we practice restorative techniques borrowed from diverse somatic practices, we reflect and consider how these techniques can support our immediate and long-term praxis in relation to intimate performance.

About the Teacher:
Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary performance artist Allison Wyper vitalizes the performance space as a site of critical investigation, with focus on collaboration, intimacy, endurance and sustainability within body-based performance practices.  Allison creates live performance that responds to the contemporary political moment, critically presenting urgent issues in an intimate, immediate and personal way.   Her practice is rooted in an interdisciplinary training in theater, dance, and visual and media arts, and deals with subjects such as violence, torture, and moral accountability.  Participatory works such as Witness (a performance for one audience member at a time) and Your Photo-Op with Abby Ghraib (in which she and audience members pose for torture-themed tourist photos) invite viewers to safely, even playfully, insert themselves into the event, and from there make moral and ethical decisions about how to act.   Allison has been an Associate Artist and teacher with the infamous international performance group La Pocha Nostra since 2004, and a collaborator with Western Australian media/performance company Hydra Poesis since 2011. Her work has been seen in theaters, festivals, galleries, universities, museums and on streets across Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, and internationally, in Berlin, Calgary, Perth and Melbourne.   Recent engagements include Performance Studies International #19, Zero1 Biennial, Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, and LACE.  Allison holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and a BA in Theatre Studies with concentrations in Directing and Visual Art from Emerson College.

photo by Dino Dinco