Harper Joy Theatre's Studio Series kicks off with three unique workshops held 6-8 p.m. on
November 28, 29, and 30 in Harper Joy Theatre's Freimann Studio Theatre (the black
box). No prior experience is required. Email Peter de Grasse to sign up and we'll see you

Sadiqua Iman | Workshop
Monday November 28 6-8 p.m. Freimann Studio Theater/black box
The Art of the Tease
An interactive workshop where gender and sexuality are erased and the core of seductive performance is brought to the forefront. You will learn how to capture audiences from the front row to the back row of a theatre with a single look. You will discover your own personal sensual power moves, and learn how to infuse them into various theatre, dance, and public speaking engagements. Most of all, you will gain confidence in telling stories with your body that you may never have the courage to tell with your words. 

Mina Nishimura | Workshop
Tuesday November 29 6-8 p.m. Freimann Studio Theater/black box
Becoming No-one: A Dance of Absence
This workshop will offer a series of somatic, breath and movement practices, which reflect some principles of Buddhism, butoh and Noguchi Taiso (or Water Body Movement). Butoh is a Japanese avant-garde dance form, which has kept evolving over the last 60 years or so since its emergence. Although there are no absolute forms and definitions of butoh because of its consistent evolution, the form navigates practitioners to the deep inquiry of their internal landscapes while introducing them to alternate and unorthodox approaches to body and movements.

While getting introduced to butoh-based practices and body-based philosophical inquiries, this workshop will propose a way to liberate our body from a pre-conditioned sense of self in order to facilitate unprecedented transformation and to channel to ever-evolving process of being.

Christopher Williams | Workshop
Wednesday November 30 6-8 p.m. Freimann Studio Theater/black box
Queering Myth Through Movement
Drawing from a longstanding personal passion for ancient mythology and folklore, Christopher Williams will offer a workshop inviting participants to reimagine age-old mythic themes in the context of contemporary movement-based performance. A short physical warm-up will prepare participants to learn a series of gestures and/or movement phrases drawn from Williams’s relevant existing repertory and/or create their own. Participants will then be invited to form groups and use these phrases/gestures as building material for collectively devised mini dance compositions embodying and reimagining a selection of proposed archaic queer-themed myths with regards to gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, etcetera. Teams will then be invited to perform their creations for one another and engage in a large group discussion analyzing their functionality as possible performance pieces and their relevance to our present-day cultural moment as we strive for equity and inclusiveness. Open to all levels of dance/theater/movement experience.