Emergent Intelligence: Improvisational Explorations in Embodied Storytelling
Lucy is a community educator, dancer, performer, and lover of improvisational practices. She holds an M.Ed. from Goddard College, where she focused on re-centering the intelligence of the body in education. She has studied Playback Theatre in NYC and loves to share this ritual, improvisational practice as a way of creating more resilient community. In her work with both adolescents and adults, Lucy seeks to create space for curiosity, meaningful connection, and building our skills as change-shapers through play.
Lenna is inspired by the body as a landscape, our beings as complex and interconnected, and our experiences as living forces that shape who we are. She believes our stories are worth finding and telling. Lenna has been studying what it means to live in a body for over a decade, by way of western herbal medicine, human anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and practice, five phase theory, and trauma and resilience studies. The great love of Lenna’s life is the wild natural world; she seeks a human-ness that belongs to the earth.
With Lucy Schmid and Lenna Wertenbaker
What if we gave our bodies the chance to be more active narrators of our lives? What might we discover if we allowed our bodies to move in unscripted ways, giving them space to communicate what they know? What part of your experience wants to move through your jaw? What does your blood remember? What stories live in the shrug of your shoulder?
In this four-week series, we will practice connecting with the content and narrative of our lives through the movement and intelligence of our bodies. We will attune to one another as a group through ensemble building and improvisational games. From a foundation of trust and encouragement, we will explore what is alive for us through a variety of witnessed improvisational movement practices. As we tug on the threads of the stories in our bodies, we will investigate and integrate what emerges through Playback Theatre exercises, writing, and other reflective practices.
The stories we hold in our bodies may be personal, cultural, political, ancestral. By practicing being present with the direct experiences of our bodies rather than automatically trying to explain them, we build our capacity to process and integrate the wholeness of our selves in ways that are generative, creative, meaningful, and beauty-making.
No prior experience required.
Note: This class is an exploratory space for folks to listen and respond to their body’s guidance. A variety of experiences may emerge from inquiring into the body’s stories, and we ask that participants resource themselves appropriately to manage what comes up for them. We are trauma-informed community educators and will hold supportive space, but we are not mental health care providers and cannot offer crisis intervention or other clinical services.
$60-100 sliding scale for the series
Pre-registration required by September 30
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