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Story as Medicine/Apothecary of Performance
W/ Tom Pearson

Saturday, February 10 – 10:00am-4:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

This 6-hour workshop will focus on story as medicine for our times –– as both empowered by, and the antidote to, technology. Looking at our stories as the balm for cultural wounds and the performance of these stories as apothecary for our audiences, how does a creator make work that invites audiences in and seals a safe and consensual space for reflection, symbolic thought, and insight? How do performers adjust the dosage of their performance to be responsive, and responsible, to the trust and availability of audiences? We will look at what it means to work from intuition in the delivery of interactivity. No pre-requisite, but a performance or directing background is recommended. There will be one half hour lunch break.


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Ritual & Performance: Audience Initiations
W/ Tom Pearson

Saturday, February 17 – 10:00am-4:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

This one-day intensive will demonstrate how an artist can (re)construct a story from just the remnant or shard of a fragmented narrative. We will look at the mythology surrounding the Fountain of Youth, Ganymede, the constellation of Aquarius – and their applications in Third Rail's recent immersive theater hit The Grand Paradise – as a way to understand ritual, narrative, and audience initiation in an immersive theater context. The workshops will mostly be in lecture/demonstration format. Hand written note-taking is encouraged, but there will be no electronic devices of any kind allowed. Please prepare to participate in group material and to work together in dyads. A Q&A session will wrap up the last hour of the day. There will be one half hour lunch break.


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Ritual & Performance: Rites of Passage
W/ Tom Pearson

Saturday, February 24 – 10:00am-4:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward

This one-day intensive will demonstrate how an artist can (re)construct a story from just the remnant or shard of a fragmented narrative. We will look at the mythologies surrounding coming of age, death, re-birth, and oracular archetypes – and their applications in Third Rail's recent immersive theater hit The Grand Paradise – as a way to understand ritual, narrative, and rites of passage in an immersive theater context. The workshops will mostly be in lecture/demonstration format. Hand written note-taking is encouraged, but there will be no electronic devices of any kind allowed. Please prepare to participate in group material and to work together in dyads. A Q&A session will wrap up the last hour of the day. There will be one half hour lunch break.


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