I will be hosting and facilitating a movement-based expressive arts workshop in Toronto on Sunday, February 25th, from 1-3pm. I look foreword to bringing my own background and skills to the group, and, most of all, I am eager to take part alongside participants in this learning and change journey through art exploration. I will be designing activities that explore ways of “pressing refresh”. We need safe spaces to “play” and get back to a more “beginner’s mind”. In so doing, art-making brings us into a deeper awareness, illuminating patterns and fostering authenticity. Luckily for those of us who value this practice, life becomes a creative wellspring of encounters where we begin to see different possibilities and choices that arise--- habitual states, ideas, feelings, that can be deconstructed and reconstructed, back and forth. It’s easy to get preoccupied with the art-making activity, but what we’re interested in here is what the activity has to offer. A reiteration and reaffirmation of these ideas is my offering to you, if you choose to participate.
This workshop explores the subtle movements back and forth in which the body, imagination and feeling interact, intersect and inform each other. It will include a series of activities that combine movement, drawing and poetic dialogue, guiding the participants into creative play.
Hosted and facilitated by Maggie Forgeron
To register contact Maggie at: email@example.com
This workshop is an invitation to all:
‣ self-professed non art-makers
When: February 25, 2018
Where: Centre for Indigenous Theatre, 180 Shaw St. #209, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5
Time: 1 - 3pm
Cost: $20 *$15 sliding scale
About the host and facilitator:
Eight years after beginning my training and professional journey as a dancer at Canada’s National Ballet School, I became very ill and considered leaving the strict formula of my profession. Then, I read an interview with Anna Halprin entitled, “From Dance Art to Healing Art” (Dance Magazine 2004), and my gut burned for sweet reconciliation between my body and external surroundings—and for the non-integrated parts of myself to find wholeness—while continuing to dance. I turned to expressive movement practices.
My study of expressive, free-form movement became a path to healing during the confines and rigour of my career in classical and contemporary ballet, and the stress-filled life of an artist. I found tools in these healing arts to sustain my career in the ensuing years with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia and National Ballet Mannheim. I have developed a deep love of the psychology, science and therapeutic aspects of physical exploration from the inside out, and I have done so in the midst of pursuing my career onstage over the past 18 years. I owe this creative resilience in large part to the Tamalpa Institute. This time-out (time-in, really!) for study, research and creative distancing has led me to feel that when a dancer can get out of her head, explore beyond egoic constructs such as dance aesthetics, and get more fully into her body, positive and revolutionary change can take place for all involved and the art form itself.