Movement and Writing with
NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 10
Monday - Thursday
This is a course about making movement and making sentences. Creative writing, and devising material.
Being a dance artist today means having the tools to just begin, anywhere, at any time. To build something from nothing. To delight in working out what you’re making while making it.
Chris will lead daily movement practices, techniques grounded in physical theatre, as well as a range of writing tasks designed to bring your dancing, thinking, and decision brains together. Mentees will be making every day.
Instinctive and messy processes, meticulous drafting, and rewriting. Using memory, emotional exploration, words into movement, and movement to words. Training the eye, designing tasks. Generating with your body, by thinking, by laptop, by pen.
We will be also be joined by Guest speaker Professor Verlyn Klinkenborg Ph.D., currently teaching creative writing at Yale University.
This course is for those who are curious TODAY as to what your dancing and your writing can teach each other, and how both intersect to serve one vital role - to articulate your imagination.
previous dance training and/or established movement practice (yoga, martial arts, sports)
performance experience or curiosity about sharing dance with others
desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute
interest in writing
There is no application process or fee to apply.
Step 1- request an invoice from Skye@thehaven.dance
Step 2- submit payment
COST TO PARTICIPATE
$500 US Dollars
We understand that people have different socio-economic backgrounds and can create payment options that work for each Movement & Writing Workshop participant. Payments can be made by PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, wire transfer, check, automatic withdrawal, or money order.
Full and partial scholarships are available. To apply for financial assistance, send the following materials to Skye@thehaven.dance
Written Statement of Financial Need
Two Letters of Recommendation
Three References (name, relationship to applicant, phone, and email)
Born in the United Kingdom, Christopher graduated from The London Contemporary Dance School, quickly becoming a founding member of the Hofesh Shechter Company in 2007. A relationship spanning over 5 creations evolved from devising performer to Associate Choreographer on many independent projects including Two Boys (2014 Metropolitan Opera) and Fiddler on the Roof (2017 - present, Broadway/North America) for which he is currently the re-stager for its US tour.
In 2012 Chris became a core member of Award-winning Physical Theatre Company 'Gecko' for the shows Missing (2012), Institute (2014), and The Wedding (2017). During this time he co-wrote The Dreamer (2017 Edinburgh Fringe, Auckland Festival, Shanghai) a co-production between Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Gecko, as Movement Director.
Chris' teaching and choreographic approach has emerged through leading workshops in both dance and theatre, in over 25 countries across 12 years.
Currently a freelance Choreographer and Movement Specialist, Chris continues his projects with Gecko who are now expanding into feature films. He is also Associate Movement Director to Steven Hoggett ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime") for work on"Ocean at the end of the Lane" (2019 National Theatre).
Klinkenborg is currently a Lecturer in English and a Lecturer in Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He has taught literature and creative writing at Fordham University while living in the Bronx in the early to mid-1980s. He later taught at St. Olaf College, Bennington College, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, and Harvard University. In 1991, he received the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
Klinkenborg's books include More Scenes from the Rural Life (Princeton Architectural Press), Making Hay and The Last Fine Time. His book Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile concerns the tortoise which the English eighteenth-century person-naturalist Gilbert White inherited from his aunt, as described in his 1789 book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. In the first half of 2006, Klinkenborg posted a farm and garden blog about The Rural Life, consisting of entries from the daily journal kept by Gilbert White in Selborne in 1784, and his own complementary daily entries. From 1997 to2013, he was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times.
Klinkenborg has published articles in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, National Geographic and Mother Jones magazines. He has written a series of editorial opinions in The New York Times; these are generally literary meditations on rural farm life. On December 26, 2013, he announced in that column that it was to be the last he would be writing in that space. From 2006-2007 he was a visiting writer-in-residence at Pomona College, where he taught nonfiction writing. In 2007, he received a Guggenheim fellowship, which funded his book The Mermaids of Lapland, about William Cobbett. In 2012, he published "Several Short Sentences About Writing".
Klinkenborg's academic province is the 18th century, especially Samuel Johnson. He is currently working on William Cobbett, the great 19th-century agricultural and political reformer. He's been teaching and thinking about nonfiction creative writing since 1982. He writes about cultural issues of all sorts and pays close attention to questions of public land use, especially in the American West, and species protection and extinction. He writes about farms - the industrial kind and his own small farm in New York state. He seems always to be thinking about sailing these days, though his next book will be about the decade he spent working with horse trainers in Wyoming and Montana.