Creating Movement-Text Collaborations in Large Classes of Dancers and Actors: Maintaining the Individual Voice in the Collective Creation

By:
Mr. Sheldon Rosen
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The workshop will set out a step-by-step progression of creating exercises to stimulate collaborative creation between actors and dancers in large university level classes. It will demonstrate ways to balance the group collaborative process with the need to maintain and develop the individual voice within the crowd. It will examine the three-dimensional nature of creative expression mixing writing, movement, improvisation and directed "free association." But the exercises may be used by individual artists as well to broaden their creative vocabulary and open new portals of self-expression.


Keywords: Theatre, Dance, Collaboration, Creative Writing, Creative Process
Stream: Art in Communities, Arts Education, Meaning and Representation
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Creating Movement-Text Collaborations in Large Classes of Dancers and Actors


Mr. Sheldon Rosen

Assistant Professor, The Theatre School, Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Had 17 plays produced throughout the United States and Canada. NED AND JACK was produced at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, in 1979 and 1980 and won the 1980 Canadian Author's Association Award for Drama and was directed on Broadway in 1981. The play was also nominated for an Association of Canadian Television and Radio Award and was published by Samuel French in 1983. Mr. Rosen has been playwright- in-residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario (twice), the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the Lake, Toronto Free Theatre in Toronto and at San Jose State University. He was Chairman of the Guild of Canadian Playwrights for 1979-80. Mr. Rosen was selected to be a member of the New Dramatists in New York 1984. In 1990 he received the first annual Joe A. Callaway Award for playwriting at New Dramatists. Created and directed the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Assistant Professor of Creative Performance Studies at Ryerson University Theatre School. He won the McConnell Curricular Innovation Award in 2002. His new play 11places@once will be in the Festival of New Work in Vancouver this May.

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