The Body in Action: Paths Towards a Personal Cartography

20Jun2014
23Jun2014
Violeta Luna
Massey University, Wellington

Workshop with Violeta Luna (Mexico/USA)

Venue: Theatre Lab

Massey University, Wellington

Cost: $150

Violeta’s work activates the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. She performs and teaches workshops throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, and USA. While primarily working as a solo performer, she is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados. She is a Creative Capital Fellow, and a member of the Magdalena Project of International Women Performance Artists. Significant works include: Requiem for a Lost Land, NK603: Action for Performer and e-Maiz, Frida and a series of collaborations with La Pocha Nostra.

Violeta LunaThis workshop has been created for artists of performance, dancers, actors, spoken word or visual artists interested in performance art and in exploring the intersection of the personal, the theatrical and the political through stage actions. Workshop participants will make use of their personal memory and identity as the expressive territory where they will chart a vocabulary of stage actions. Drawing on their use of body, participants will also work on imagery related to their individual and social understanding of gender, sexuality and race.

Some thematic threads in the workshop include: Body (fiction and non-fiction, presence and inner strength, body as subject/object;) Space (internal and external, spatial relationships, the intervention of public and private space;) Time (real-time, fictional-time, ritual-time;) Action (site-specific, action – reaction, responses to real and imagined stimuli, audience interaction, the creative accident.)

Who should apply: Professional or students of performance, spoken-word, actors, dancers and visual artists. All applicants should have a basic understanding of the discipline of performance art.