This is a guided movement improvisation workshop incorporating mindful movement in a way that fosters mindfulness & embodied listening (to self & to partners), sharing personal truths, and kinesthetic responsiveness. Participants will be encouraged to move & play with a sense of curiosity and open-mindedness. Some of the prompts utilized will aim to facilitate deep & generous listening & sharing with the whole body. Drawing from several body centered movement practices, participants ultimately will have an opportunity to work individually as well as collaboratively in pairs or small groups to express & connect virtually through dance. Participants will be able to reflect on each other’s experiences as well as their own personal histories.
There will be an emphasis on physicality rooted in breath in motion & mindfulness. This practice can help to enrich the Playback actors’ offers in performance. This workshop provides opportunities for participants to listen, play, and express deeply through the voice of the moving body. The values addressed are empathy, strength through vulnerability, being grounded in stories, & authenticity as it relates to practicing Playback. This workshop would great for all levels of performers.
Wayne M. Smith is a native of Memphis, TN. He is a dance and theatre artist, specialist & professor with expertise in improvisation, choreography and performance. Wayne is also a professional ensemble member of Playback Memphis where he performs, sometimes conducts or facilitates workshops throughout the Memphis community. As an independent professional dance artist & educator, he works under the auspices of his company SmithWorks, as well as teaching as a professor at the University of Memphis. He also works extensively as a dance teaching artist & choreographer with Memphis’ Company d, a dance organization for dancers with different abilities including Downs Syndrome. Plus, Wayne works regularly with the annual conference Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (TDIF) held at various institutions throughout the state of Texas. Smith holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BFA in Theatre/Dance (minor Mathematics) from the University of Memphis. – Playback Memphis was founded in Memphis, TN over 10 years ago by Virginia Reed Murphy. Since it’s inception the organization has blossomed into a strong, vibrant multifaceted community based outreach & social justice company promoting healing, transformation, & joy. Playback Memphis brings many disparate communities together to share, feel, laugh, learn & listen. Playback Memphis brings true stories to life through the rich practice of Playback theatre.
26 people are attending Moving Mindfulness: Breath, Motion & Embodied Listening with Wayne Smith