An exciting workshop with Daria Faïn and Susan Mar Landau
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Performing the Observed: Observation as Act, Subject and Source in Performance
 
a workshop with 

Daria Faïn & 
Susan Mar Landau


This intensive weekend workshop, taught collaboratively by Daria Faïn and Susan Mar Landau, will provide participants with a practical and interdisciplinary exploration of the role of observation in the making and "reading" of performance.
 
Over the course of the workshop, though the use of improvisational and compositional approaches, we will explore both the critical and generative role of observation in the making of “live art”. We will address observation as an investigative method that takes as its subject the full spectrum of sources that might inform the development of an artist’s work. Through this process participants will be given the opportunity to question and expand their ideas about the relationship between perception, representation, and meaning as it pertains to their own making and understanding of performance.
 
Towards this aim we will draw reference from texts by Gertrude Stein and Helene Cixous, as well as possible others. We will look to these works as tools in our conversation on the role of observation within the artistic process. Individually, participants will be supported in identifying and understanding their own specific subjects of observation and how these might inform their work. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own performance work and research, as together we examine the role that observation can play in clarifying and strengthening the intentionality of ones process and finished works.

Workshop Dates and Times:
 
Friday August 16, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday August 17, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday August 18, 9:00am – 6:00pm
 
Workshop Deposit: $100
Full Tuition: $250*

*Work study and financial aid are available for qualified applicants who demonstrate financial need. Please send a resume and a brief letter detailing your motivations for taking the workshop to susanmarlandau@gmail.com to qualify for financial aid. 

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Meet the instructors...
Photo by Miana Jun

Choreographer/dancer DARIA FAÏN’s research of the body and movement and performance has brought her to the study of architecture, neuroscience, linguistics and psychology. It has compelled her to travel form Europe to India, and ultimately to the United States. It has led her to Chi Kung and the Martial Arts. Daria's work is the result of a deep exploration of the dynamic between three cultures: European / Asian / American. 
Future FOTO: an installation by Mariana Valencia.

Coming originally from the field of visual arts, as both a dramaturg and interdisciplinary artist, SUSAN MAR LANDAU situates her work and pedagogy at the juncture of practice and theory. In this workshop the two will bring together their diverse backgrounds and knowledge to create a curriculum that aims to deepen students’ consciousness of the relationship between the conceptual and experiential as it pertains to the investigation and making of performance.
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