Our workshops seek to provide communities with tools for communicating with and learning from their own Shadows, ultimately allowing for the confrontation and transmutation of things that have been abandoned and pushed away on personal and societal levels.
We use guided movement, costumes, mask work, and technology to create a sense of wonder and transformation, creatively bypassing people’s defenses surrounding power/lessness, fragility, privilege, and anger to arrive at moments of sincere connection and dialogue.
Please contact us directly for inquiries regarding teaching and facilitating at your event or organization.
FLOCK Dance Center, Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement mini-series, February-March, 2019
This 2-day mini workshop series will explore the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level.
Drawing on a rich array of movement traditions (butoh, contemporary dance, improvisation, physical theater, and martial arts), we guide participants through the process of crafting a mask to facilitate constructive dialogue with the Shadow self. Employing a process of simultaneous discovery and creation, we hope to look beyond the ego’s defenses to cultivate awareness, compassion, and curiosity. Standing on the threshold between light and dark, we ask: Who is the monster, here? How do we create the monstrous? How does it create us? What lies beyond the fear?
We strongly recommend that participants attend both days to get the most out of the material, however the first day is available as a stand-alone class if preferred.
FLOCK Dance Center Portland, OR
Maskmaking | Movement Workshop, November 2018
In this 2-day workshop, we explored the ways in which our bodies construct and store memories, identity, and power.
Integrating movement, guided improvisation, dialogue, and mask-making, we lead our participants through a series of “material storytelling” exercises to create an encounter with their personal Shadows rooted in curiosity, compassion, and discovery. Our aim is to access the gifts buried in the rich dark soil of the Shadow, and look beyond our ego’s defenses to ask: Who is the monster, here? How do we create the monstrous? How does it create us? What lies beyond the fear?
Taipei National University for the Arts, Taiwan
Maskmaking | Movement Workshop, July 2017
In this workshop, we explored the concept of the Jungian Shadow on a personal, societal, and performative level.
Integrating mask-making, movement, conversation, and gentle humor, we led participants through a series of “material storytelling” exercises that drew on our own devising process for Shadow Tender. By staging encounters with personal Shadows through the medium of the mask, we facilitated constructive dialogue about the monstrous inside of us, and addressed questions of identity, personal bias, and communication. The group consisted of 15+ students from all over the world.
(photo credit: Jiin Ahn)