Gathering Pieces of Peace Dance Workshop #1 with Megan Lowe Dances - June 17th, 2023
Event Timing: Saturday, June 17th, 2023 | 10:30am-2pm

Event Address: Bancroft Studio at UC Berkeley
2401 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Registration: Free/by Donation
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Workshop Description:

Gathering Pieces of PeaceDance Workshop #1
with Clarissa Rivera Dyas and Megan Lowe

Megan Lowe Dances is excited to share some of the creative process, dance movement, and community building practices we have developed during the creation of Gathering Pieces of Peace! You are invited to engage with explorative writings, conversations, and movement that considers complex identities, and that has the potential to develop into spoken text, dance (centered in contact improvisation/partnering and modern/contemporary dance, as well as each participant’s movement lineages), and maybe even song. We want to collaborate with you in generating a supportive environment for creation and connection!

All dancers are welcome to join this workshop, and it is our mission to facilitate spaces with a BIPOC majority. A previous MLD workshop participant wrote: “It’s so rare for me to see my background reflected in movement instructors. The safe container cultivated through the gentle buildup of warm-up exercises and explicitly practicing verbal cues of boundary-setting empowered me to try new things and go beyond my usual notions of what I can and can't do. I also appreciated the presence of many POC helping me feel less like an outlier.” MLD creates spaces of dance study where BIPOC are not the minority, de-centering normative white/eurocentric experiences and cultivating diversity in Bay Area dance. In consideration of this mission, if you identify as white and would like to attend the workshop, we enthusiastically encourage you to reach out to your POC friends and have them join along!

P.S. In true MLD fashion, there will be snacks provided!


About the Project:

Megan Lowe Dances presents Gathering Pieces of Peace, a dance theater work that explores mixed-race Asian American experiences, with an artistic team composed of folks who identify in this way. Through thoughtful text, soulful song, and dynamic dancing, MLD addresses the complexity of navigating our fractured selves in support of wholeness, and is co-creating a supportive environment for connection that radiates out into our communities.

Choreographed and Performed by: Clarissa Dyas, Malia Hatico-Byrne, Melissa Lewis Wong, and Megan Lowe, with artistic support from jose e. abad

Music Created by: Peekaboo/transcriptions01, Zachary Abelson, Megan Lowe, Marica Petrey/Girl Swallows Nightingale, and Emma Tome


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