Millay Colony for the Arts

Promoting the vitality of the arts and the development of writers, visual artists, and composers by providing a retreat for creative work.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hi there lovely readers,

Here are some photos of our first workshop of the year, From the Office of Recuperative Strategies...with Rachel Levitsky & Christian was amazing...

We met at the offices of Trisha Brown Dance Company, who beyond generously let us use their gorgeous, airy loft space for our Weekend Workshops (thanks to one and all for this lovely sharing of resources!!). The workshop began with an exercise: we partnered off and alternated staring at our partner while they shut their eyes and being stared at by them while we shut ours. From this place of self-consciousness and heightened noticing, we began our two-day conversation, writing workshop and think tank...

At all times, Rachel & Christian guided us, but also let our individual worlds and personhoods and thoughts and questions and projects and feedback flourish and form the class. Each discussion was deeply nourishing and felt like the tip of a large mountain to be was extraordinary.

We did several writing exercises, shared work and talked through angles for projects we are working on, thinking about, stuck in (c'est moi!) or just imagining...

I'll share one part of one hand-out that Rachel & Christian gave us, from C.A. Conrad's "The Right to Manifest Manifesto":

"The aim of (Soma)tic poetry and poetics is the realization of two basic ideas: (1) everything around us has a creative viability with the potential to spur new modes of thought and imaginative output. (2) The most vital ingredient to bringing sustainable, humane changes to out world is creativity. This can be enacted on a daily basis. "


Our next workshop will be Frances Richard "Critical Writing as Creative Process" and if you don't already know it, Frances is brilliant and the class will open doors onto ways to write in around and on topics one may be nervous to approach with language...fear no more...


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