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Okwui Okpokwasili Paid – Public Song- Workshop Jan 4 & 5, 2019

Okwui Okpokwasili is a writer, choreographer, dancer, and 2018 MacArthur Genius Grantee whose recent works include Poor People’s TV Room and Bronx Gothic.

Okpokwasili will pay local Houstonians to participate in workshops THIS COMING FRIDAY OR SATURDAY

Friday, Jan. 4, 6pm-9pm or Saturday, Jan. 5th, 10am-1pm

We are creating a structured, improvisational vocal piece. We are looking for people who feel at home in a vocal practice. We’re thinking about “vocalists” in a broadly defined way–singing, speaking, crying, rhyme, speech, roar or hum, etc.

We are holding a workshop to explore different structures for building this group public song.

These workshops serve as first iteration in a series of experiments that will culminate in a project co- presented by Project Row Houses and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in April 2019 as a part of the CounterCurrent Festival.

Each workshop is 3 hours long, and everyone will receive $100 for their gracious participation.

Pick one of the workshop time options*:

Friday, January 4th, 6-9PM call Saturday, January 5th, 10am-1pm call*we will arrange childcare if there is a need.

The only criteria for participation in the workshops: You have a vocal practice. AND you must be available April 10-13, 2019, for the projects culmination at Project Row Houses.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll get a better sense of the piece and what your participation beyond the workshop may be—in other words, just because you are doing the workshop does not obligate you to do the piece. However, we’d like you to have the April dates free so that your participation is a possibility.

In the performance work that we do, we think about proximity and time. How close can we be to strangers and how much time is needed in that closeness, for the boundaries between bodies to become blurred? Our concerns are with the movement of people towards each other, our work is always concerned with proximity and a durational practice of sustaining a particular proximity, challenging the borders we hold around ourselves and between each other. How do we undo the dehumanizing language that accompanies the other? This is thinking vocally.

Thank you for your interest, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born

Contact jenbrogle@gmail.com

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