Asheville Theatre Company Explores Memory, Identity and Time Through Objects in New Fall Workshop
A person’s belongings and life experiences often inhabit his or her aspirations, heritage and personal identity. These belongings and life experiences are “archival threads.” They can run through a grandmother’s ring, a child’s drawing, a father’s hammer, or years of collected journals. But what do we do with these archival threads after a certain time: do we treasure them for the next generation, or let them go?
Asheville-based Community Choreography Projects presents Our Stuff: Trinkets, Treasure or Time to Let Go, a 9-week artistic conversation, exploration, creative collaboration and presentation workshop.
The workshop, which begins September 12, invites all participants to engage in creative activities and to collectively design a presentation for our community. This two-fold approach serves as a doorway to personal discovery.
Workshop attendees will explore and express how ordinary things, tangible and intangible symbolize the personal and universal experiences, aspirations and identity using stories, movements and images to craft a performance piece.
“Throughout life, we come to decision points about things we cherish and what is no longer useful – and that includes real objects as well as personal habits or behaviors,” says CCP Artistic Director Barrie Barton. “These ‘things’ are the archival threads of our life, mapping where we came from and where we are going.”
Established in 2006, Community Choreography Projects creates twice-annual creative, collaborative performances with workshop participants in western North Carolina. Past performances have garnered critical acclaim as well as successfully raised funds for local community initiatives while starting conversations around personal subjects.
Barton explains, “The CCP creative process is to harness the unspoken, the hidden, the unshared and the taboo and transform it into the spoken, seen and expressed actions through the container of creativity, performance and community.”
People of all experience levels are invited to join Barton as she facilitates and helps attendees engage in expressive activities using movement, story, writing and art. Our Stuff: Trinkets, Treasures or Time to Let Go culminates with a community-based movement-theater piece to be performed on Sunday, Nov. 20th
“This was the most creative experience I’ve ever been involved with,” says recent CCP cast member Christey Carwille.
- Registration is currently open
- 9-week workshop starts Monday, 12
- Class meets at Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. in Asheville, from 6:00-8:00pm.
- Monday, Oct. 3 – No Class
- Performance Date: Sunday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm.
- Course fee: $170
- Participants can attend a sample first session for $15.
- All experience levels and body types welcome.
- For information and to register: (828) 658-1217 or go to communitychoreography.com
Barrie Barton brings a wide-open, liberating skill for creative expression to her role as Artistic Director of Community Choreography Projects, dance educator and community choreographer. Her work invites participants to artful play, exploration and expression through movement, stories, creative writing and choreography. Barrie believes that movement is a vital celebration of life.
I enjoyed moving with our group exploring and navigating of some juicy life topics that surfaces our stories in such a clear and simple way. The path of creating and group expression at the heart of the experience was such an honor be a part! ~Mindy Coleman
COMMUNITY CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT
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