With Suzan Zeder & Jim Hancock TBD August\September 2017
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Based on the belief that all human beings possess a well-spring of creative energy and potential, Suzan Zeder and Jim Hancock have developed a mind/body approach to helping you access that resource which is detailed in their book, Spaces of Creation. Whether it is made manifest in writing, performance, teaching, therapy, or just living a joyous life, ALL creative activity involves thinking, sensing, feeling and moving as psycho-physical expressions of Self. Mind and body are one, whole and indivisible.
In this three-day workshop we will go on a voyage of discovery to explore “Tensegrity”,a term coined by visionary architect and innovator R Buckminster Fuller to describe how tensional forces integrate to form a whole with stability and balance as found in the geodesic dome. This pivotal concept can be applied to elements in nature as small as an atom, as large as a galaxy, and as diverse as a body operating with ease and economy of motion, to the dynamics of a classroom, to the intimacy of a therapeutic relationship, and to the dramatic structure of stories, poems and plays.
The primary portal will be through movement. Jim will draw upon diverse disciplines including The Form, The Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and a physical incarnation of Tensegrity: an integration of body and breath dating back to the ancient seers of Mexico. Suzan will build upon this work with writing activities including clustering, analog drawing, explorations of metaphor and paradox and a structural story-building technique based on the layout of Tarot cards. Participants will experience an eclectic mix of activities involving movement, writing, drawing, visualization and meditation in kinesthetic, visual and verbal vocabularies. Movement will lead to words, to images, to ideas, perhaps to characters, to plots, to poems, to prose…who knows? But always the journey is through your Self and the landscape of your life. Come ready to banish your limitations, expand your expectations and astonish yourself.
Suzan Zeder has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading playwrights for young and family audiences in the United States. Her plays have been produced in all 50 states by professional, university and community theatres. Her work has also been seen in Canada, England, France, Switzerland, Greece, Israel, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Zeder is a four-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education and has served as a panelist and site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. In 1998 she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and in 2002 she was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004 she co-authored a book, The Spaces of Creation: The Creative Process of Playwriting, with her husband, movement specialist, Jim Hancock. Dr. Zeder is the former head of playwriting at the University of Texas at Austin, where she held the Endowed Chair in Theatre for Youth/Playwriting. Suzan and Jim currently live in Santa Fe, N.M. The Edge of Peace completes a trilogy of plays including Mother Hicks and The Taste of Sunrise, spanning 30 years of Suzan’s writing life.