Registration Open for Free Workshops With Interdisciplinary Arts Pioneer Meredith Monk

Posted January 11th, 2011 at 5:44 pm.

Interdisciplinary arts pioneer Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble will be performing at Goodhart Hall on on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium as part of the Performing Arts Series and the College’s 125th Anniversary.

Leading up to the performance, Monk will be in residence for a week on Bryn Mawr’s campus as a Hepburn Center Fellow, conducting workshops and symposia which are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and now being accepted for the workshops. Please contact Adrienne Clarke at (610) 526-5210 or to reserve a spot.

Other events:

Film Screening of Inner Voice with Meredith Monk in attendance. This documentary highlights Monk’s artistic and spiritual life. Monday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Visual Culture Colloquium. Monk focuses on the visual aspect of her theatrical and filmed works. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thomas Great Hall, Room 110.

Meredith Monk Film Festival. With screenings of Ellis Island and Book of Days. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Learning to Listen. Meredith Monk will discuss her approaches to composing and vocalizing, with performances by Monk and Vocal Ensemble. Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Goodhart Music Room, Goodhart Hall.

Open ”Dancing Voice/Singing Body” Workshops in Pembroke Dance Studio

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4 to 6 p.m., with Meredith Monk. For those with some training in the performance arts. (Update Jan. 26: workshop full, names being taken for wait list).

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 4 to 6 p.m., with Ensemble member Ellen Fisher. Especially for those with little or no performing experience.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2:30 to 4 p.m., with Ensemble member Ellen Fisher.

Workshop details: In their workshops, Monk and Fisher will share Monk’s interdisciplinary approaches to performance and her process for creating work. Beginning with breathing techniques and a detailed vocal and movement warm-up, participants work with the voice and body as multifaceted instruments for exploring range, timbre, gesture, resonance, character, landscape and rhythm. The work aims to uncover the fundamentals of performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Goals include finding a balance of structure and spontaneity, freedom and form as well as providing a springboard from which participants can discover and develop a personal viewpoint and means of expression. Fisher’s sessions will be movement-based, using some of Monk’s language of gestural shaping. There will be group improvisations as well as simple solo & group choreographic problem solving.

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