THE CYPHER- "TEND, PUSH, RISK, SPEAK"
Tues & Thurs 12-2pm, May 30 - June 9 at Gibney
["3. THE KEY TO A SECRET MESSAGE." Come unveil the secrets of your movement language. Whats your body's native tongue? Share it! Tend by listening, Risk uncertainty, Speak loud and aim for Clarity]
...in the modern contemporary context is an improv circle- challenging, sometimes affirming, but always inspiring. I'm offering students and artists a space to get in and JAM with their friends, colleagues, and some of their favorite (if not admired) artists. Like a party has guest DJ's, we'll welcome Guest JAM Artists as we celebrate, challenge, and discover each other through movement.
We'll start with cumulative warm-up, using Barteneiff and Yoga fundamentals. The groups will be guided through gentle process work opening up the creative spaces of the mind, heart, and body, as we create the container for risk, abandon, and discovery. We'll begin a task driven improv circle (JAM), initiated by one of our Guest JAM artists. Daring souls will tap in/out to enter the CYPHER. Classes end with group movement of deep gratitude and respect, valuing every mover in the space.
Find, Share, and Unveil your voice in THE CYPHER!
Marjani Forte is a performer, instructor and choreographer. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Marketing and a second major in Dance. Forté has worked with several artists and companies including Earl Mosely, Garth Fagan, Blondell Cummings, and Camille Brown. She is a performing member of Urban Bush Women Dance Co., and collaborating artist with Nia Love’s Blacksmith’s Daughter. She has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond- including Germany, England, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela. As an emerging choreographer she has studied with Annie B. Parsons and Paul Lazar, and presented work for DNA’s WIP Series, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance BAAD ASS Women’s Series, and New Orleans McKenna Museum. Forté most recently presented new work [EGO] at Dance Theatre Workshop as a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident Artist and simultaneously at Loyola Marymount University in California as a conclusion of her Fall choreographer’s residency and lecture series on African American Stories Told through Dance. Her work as a lecturer and artist stem from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historical, and politically charged communities. She anticipates her journey as an artist, activist, auntie, lover, and daughter.