In this workshop, we will tap into our stranger side and release ourselves from our serious “Dance” persona. We will play games to free our creative well-springs, surprising ourselves when we discover new aspects of our creative identities. We will explore how the “Yes and..” mantra of improv comedy translates into physicality, and how to listen deeply while moving with others.
This class sources from Jeanine Durning’s “Non-stopping” method, classic improv comedy games, and contact improvisation to liberate the mind from the expected, creating room for divergent turns and inevitable weirdness.
This workshop is for performers of any level and lineage.
Darrian O’Reilly is a LA-based performer and choreographer. Described as playful, chaotic, awkward, and oddly arresting, Darrian’s work teeters on the edges between dance and theatre. Her pieces often feature theatrical devices melding character, props, narrative, voice, and live music in an unpredictable alchemy. Her work has been performed at Redcat, Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge, El Camino College, Pieter Space, East Los Angeles College, The Fowler Museum, American College Dance Association, HomeLA, and The Performance Bar, among others. She received her BA from New York University and MFA from the World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department at UCLA. She curates the experimental variety show High Voltage Series at Electric Lodge and lectures at UCLA and East LA College.