Facilitator: Margaret Kemp is Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at UC Davis. Her performance practice questions how systems of scientific and social engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh, communities and the natural world.
Workshop Description: In this practice-based workshop, we will explore physical approaches to cultivating delight in the present. Delight here is not so much a synonym for hope or for resolution, but a momentary opening allows us to breathe, to counter the stress and grief of the present, and to engage the 'other' ways of being that continue to persist in this world.
For the workshop: Ideally, you will be dressed to move, have room to lie down (using a yoga mat or blanket), and have access to paper and colored pencils or crayons or anything to color with.
“But in the process of thinking about it, I have really been thinking that joy is the moments — for me, the moments when my alienation from people — but not just people, from the whole thing — it goes away. And it shrinks. If it was a visual thing, everything becomes luminous. And I love that mycelium, forest metaphor, that there’s this thing connecting us. And among the things of that thing connecting us is that we have this common experience — many common experiences, but a really foundational one is that we are not here forever.” - Ross Gay, Poet