Centered in the Body: The Relationship of Words and Gestures in Performance

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The workshop will focus on the process of collaboration using poetry and dance as the framework for authenticity and voice. “Dance what you say, say what you dance.” The presentation will include staged dialogue between the presenting artists, performance excerpts, live poetry and dance exchange, and interactive audience participation.

Keywords: Dance and Poetry
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Gayle Fekete

Director/Professor, Institute of New Dance and Cultures, Cal Poly Pomona, University
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gayle Fekete is Director and Professor at the Institute of New Dance and Cultures at Cal Poly Pomona. She also is adjunct faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies. She graduated with an MA in Dance from UCLA and teaches modern technique, choreography and festival production. For 15 years, Gayle has been associated with Urban Bush Women NYC as guest artist and consultant, on numerous international residencies and summer institutes include Florida State University, Mark Morris and BAM. In 2005 -2006, she was scholar/artist in residence at FIE London, England and UBW consultant for Janti-BI Dance Company Senegal. In 2007 she presented Cal Poly Pomona’s 10th anniversary dance gala. She was invited as guest artist for UBW community project Place Matters at UCSD in 2007.

Gayle Fekete presents and produces projects in the Los Angeles and NYC dance communities. She served on the HVC viewing committee for the Dance Resource Centre Los Angeles. In 2007 she was invited to the nrw tanz festival in Germany and will be coordinating a Urban Bush Women residency 2008 CSU Summer ARTS.

Gayle was performance facilitator for Judy Chicago’s Envisioning the Future Project 2006. She also produced various artists with CSU Summer Arts including: Bebe Miller, Rennie Harris PureMovement, Sean Curran, Ann Carlson, Helios, and Troika Ranch.

She is co-artistic director of efg multimedia. She has collaborated and presented Looming Bias and Looming Bias 2. Currently, she is exploring site specific, interactive media and interdisciplinary performance collaborations. Her interests include choreography and interdisciplinary process, culture and identity.

Recent work involves performance projects in NYC, Cuba, Mexico, London, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. Other professional affiliations include the Mark Taper Forum, Ivy Substation, Cornerstone Theatre and community engagement projects with HeartProject L.A.

Nancy Ware

Interdisciplinary Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Nancy Ware teaches in Interdisciplinary Studies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. She has worked collaboratively with Gayle Fekete in a performance for the Judy Chicago ETF Project Los Angeles. She has written on anthropological linguistics and is interested in the connections between spoken and non verbal performance. Her poems have appeared in various literary magazines Poems of the American West. She has been associated with improvisational dance projects, writers workshops, and decades of poetry readings.

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