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Female Circles Workshop // The Cassandra Project

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Female Circles Workshop // The Cassandra Project


// FEMALE CIRCLES are workshops facilitated by Meryl Murman and Yanina Orellana open to female-identifying people of all backgrounds and ages. These workshops combine movement and voice work with conversation, meditation, written reflection and visual activities to explore female sensuality and pleasure, and create a safe environment for complex conversations around gendered-based violence. Grounded in the facilitators somatic research, the workshops bring an embodied approach to working with archetypes, childhood memories, pleasure activism and identity narratives while also offering participants an opportunity to connect with their bodies and voices in new, authentic, pleasurable and liberating ways. The workshop is grounded in the belief that humor, somatic experiencing and witnessing/being witnessed are accessible tools for transgression, transformation and liberation from systemic violence and unjust social conditions.

DATE > July 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
@ ΦΙΞ in art
FREE PARTICIPATION
RSVP REQUIRED

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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Yanina Orellana is a movement artist originally from Guadalajara Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree in Dance at California Institute of the Arts. Yanina’s choreographic work has been shown in Mexico, New Orleans, and in Los Angeles at Chicano International Film Festival, REDCAT, Human Resources and Highways Performance Space. She is a founding member of FLOCK; a collective based in New Orleans where she performs dance and theatre for film and live productions with artistic director Meryl Murman. In Los Angeles, Yanina collaborated, as a performer, in the creation of original work with multiple artists including: Critical Mass Performance Group, Jmy Kidd, Dance Aegis and Robbie Shaw, the latter two for Dance for Camera as well. Her professional career includes teaching Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation and Creative Movement to children and adults, including teachers and professionals. As a teaching artist, she has worked with CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Invertigo Dance Theatre, YouTHink, Pieter Performance Space and Heidi Duckler Dance Theater. In 2013, she received a full scholarship to attend the Summer Residency for Teaching Artists at CalArts. In 2016, she was nominated for National Teaching Artists Appreciation Week by the Association for Teaching Artists for her dedication and excellence in work at CalArts CAP and other organizations and schools.
http://www.yaninaorellana.com/en/

Meryl Murman hails from a lineage of willful women from Lebanon via Brazil and Eastern Europe. Her queer films and choreographies derived from experiments at the intersection of cinema and dance disrupt popular notions of spectacle, the body, virtuosity and gender. Her art’s been presented throughout the USA, most recently as part of the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans’ 40th anniversary season, and Prospect 4 International Art Biennial. She has guest taught at IMPULSTANZ International Dance Festival in Vienna, Zeloynka Festival in Ukraine, and at various universities in the USA including Yale, CalState Long Beach and Tulane. This year she was an artist-in-residence at IZOLYATSIA in Kyiv Ukraine through the US Embassy where she hosted a two-month laboratory exploring embodied cinema and alternative approaches to archive with LGBT refugees from Russia, and her research contributed to and was published in becoming-Botanicals through the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow Scotland. Internationally her work has been presented in Spain, Germany, UK, South Africa, Mexico, Greece and France, and in the US in Los Angeles (REDCAT), New York City (Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizon), and Austin (Fusebox Festival) to name a few. Her most recent film le Pain was an official selection at festivals around the world and won Audience Choice Award at East End Film Festival (London) and Best Editing at Madrid International Film Festival. She is currently in development on her first feature film ways of forgetting. In addition to making dances that are films and films that are dances, Meryl is an active community organizer, arts curator and writes a weekly column, The CASSANDRA Project featuring fabulous feminist killjoys for NoLA Vie. She is the co-founder and artistic director of FLOCK.
MFA Choreography and Integrated Media California Institute for the Arts, BFA NYU Tisch.
www.merylmurman.me



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