Workshops and Classes

Nothing is Too Small to Notice: Movement Tools for Visual Artists and Museum Docents

Participants in the Details, a technique for translating visual art into movement. Photo courtesy Margot Greenlee.

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Classes: Mondays July 9, 16 & 23

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Margot Greenlee of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange will offer a three-session introduction to Details, a technique for translating visual art into movement on July 9, 16 & 23 at the Hill Center.  Margot has used this approach in workshops and performances at the Hirshhorn, the Building Museum, Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.  Greenlee reports, “Often when creating new performance projects, the company was inspired by visual imagery – photographs, sculpture and installations.  By breaking down our thinking process, Liz created a generative tool that others can quickly access.”

Visual artists will see their work from a new vantage point by resourcing their body’s expressive capacity.  Details is a way to revision prior work and spark new projects.  Museum docents will discover new ways to enliven tours with fun and memorable movement activities.  Greenlee notes, “Docents can help viewers form a personal connection and curiosity about art by tapping into their kinesthetic smarts.  Details makes it easy to come up with multiple ways to engage the audience around a particular piece of art.”

The first class will provide an overview of Details.  During the second class, participants will use their skills to explore the current exhibit at the Hill Center.  Participants will take a trip through the gallery; choose a piece that they are particularly drawn to and then use Details techniques to generate movement.  For the third class, a homework assignment: prepare a short movement activity to share with the group.  “This is a chance for everyone to make Details their own.”

2D/3D Dance meets at 9:15 – 10:45 A.M. on July 9, 16 & 23 at the Hill Center.  The registration fee is $60.  Bring a notebook or sketchpad.  Wear comfortable clothes such as sweat pants, a tee shirt, and sneakers. Register at www.hillcenterdc.org

The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  For more information, call Margot Greenlee directly at 202-253-7946 or visit www.bodywisedance.com

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