Demon Body Practice
Creative Shadow Work
June 21-25, 2021
About the Workshop
Since August 2020, Porter Grubbs—the founder and artistic director of The Mediums Collective—has been researching a creative shadow work practice inspired by the work of Rosie Herrera, Carl Jung, and Lama Tsultrim Allione. This research is called Demon Body practice. In this work, artists identify personal demons from their own life experiences and embark on a process of visualization through free-writing, sketching, storytelling, and dance improvisation scores. Together, we delve deep into embodiment prompts to flesh out these demons as fully formed characters. Through these character creation exercises we begin to understand the nuances of shadow, we claim our bodies as our own powerful vessels for dialogue, and we act affirmatively as facilitators of our own shadow work.
In this workshop, participants will join Porter for a week of Demon Body practice. We will co-create fantastic characters together using our initial list of demons as a starting point. From the foundation of our own experiences, we will develop our characters’ forms, flesh, voices, and personas. We will ground ourselves in our bodies to invigorate our potential for expression and intentional suppression. By the end of the week, we will have created narrative profiles of these characters through any combination of video, sound, drawing, and writing.
This practice aims to empower people from any movement or performance background through emotional proprioception, reclamation of magic through imagination, and affirmative physical agency.
created by Porter through HAVEN's Choreography Mentorship with Alex Ketley & David Maurice
About Porter Grubbs
Porter Grubbs (he/they) is an interdisciplinary dance, installation, and performance artist currently based in Atlanta, GA. They began their formal dance training under the instruction of Dominique Angel at Troy University and at the 2014 American Dance Festival with Brenda Daniels, Tom Weinberger, and Kate Skarpetowska. They have trained extensively in various movement techniques including Countertechnique, Fighting Monkeys, Flying Low & Passing Through, capoeira, ballet, contemporary floorwork, and Cunningham. They attribute much of their current performance practice to the work and mentorship of David Zambrano and Rosie Herrera, an improvisation artist and dance theatre artist, respectively.
They are currently the artistic director of The Mediums Collective, a group of independent collaborators that design and choreograph immersive performance installations. During their time in Atlanta they have received multiple residencies via Fly on a Wall and Active Space, and their performance installation work has been commissioned by Kit Modus and ShowerHaus Gallery. Their artistic research invokes movement and gathering as fundamental tools for healing and reclaims the magic of ritual and the radical agency of imagination. They facilitate the practice of emotional proprioception through their teachings on improvisation and embodiment. Their language for this kind of work is a unique amalgamation of dance forms from the European & African diasporas, Chinese & Brazilian martial arts, theatre and dance improvisation, storytelling, and 3D visual art.
Monday June 21 - Friday June 25, 2021
10am-12pm pacific time
Offered online via Zoom
previous dance training & passion for movement
performance experience or curiosity about sharing dance with others
experience with or curiosity about spirituality & dance
desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute
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$150 for the 5-day experience
HAVEN feels strongly that no one should be turned away because of financial constraints. Full and partial scholarships are available! Folks who may be struggling financially due to the global pandemic are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid.
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