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Jeanette Plourde

Experimental Theatre Performer and Director in Baton Rouge

Free Fall (don’t mind the gravity): Creating Devised Performance

PRESENTED ON FEB 03, 2017
IN BATON ROUGE @ VOL 3

"Devising performance or creating new work...gives movement, object, light, sound, space, text..."

In Free Fall (don’t mind the gravity): Creating Devised Performance at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 3 Jeanette Plourde asks: what’s possible when we look beyond distinctions between theatre, movement, dance, and the docking of a Riverboat? Watch this presentation to find out!

 

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre

BY ANN WILLIAMS
IN DALLAS

Ann Williams talks about the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, a performance and learning center, walking us through its various programs, and highlighting some of the shows it has hosted. (in English)

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Creating the Character Within

BY M. CATHERINE "CAT" MCMILLEN
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

From nature to the stage, the world influences Cat's world. Cat McMillen discusses her inspiration and the factors that make her who she is. She mentions the importance of versatility in art and seeing all the possibilities. Cat speaks about how feeling every movement, color, and texture from the art around us taps into people's creative energy. 

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What is performance?

BY CATHERINE STEWART
@ VOL 20 ON NOV 05, 2014

Catherine is a freelance theatre-maker, facilitator and filmmaker with a passion for empowering people through the use of the creative arts whilst creating unique experiences for both audiences and artists alike. In 2008, after being awarded the White Rose Scholarship for Innovation for enterprising ideas in the creative industries, she graduated from the University of Leeds (Bretton Hall) with a BA(hons) in Theatre and Performance, focusing on directing whilst developing skills in writing, physical theatre, puppetry and multimedia. In 2009, she set up Design Unbound Ltd with her partner, a web development agency with clients such as Avon Cosmetics and World Duty Free. After moving to the US from her native Scotland in early 2012, Catherine is returning to both theatre and film. She is currently developing a one-woman show about our connection to food and the industry that guards it called At the Table and runs Film Unbound LLC in the Seacoast region, a media production company that makes both fictional and documentary films for distribution and clients.

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Everyone's Making It Up

BY SKOTT TAYLOR
@ VOL 26 ON DEC 01, 2015

Skott Taylor is a thespian, musician, outdoor survivalist and culture consultant. He describes how his background brought him to where he is today: a specialist in theatre-based culture activation using theatre, improv, music, dance and fine arts to help businesses engage with their culture and employees. 

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Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process

BY DAN SHANAHAN
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We devised a few rules: Start with the architecture. Consider its history. Draw from its mythology.”

In "Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process" from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo, NY, Dan Shanahan, reveals Torn Space's process of developing site-based performance. Drawing from over 10 years of experience and eight original pieces for non-traditional performance venues, Shanahan addresses the influences, aesthetics, and rules for Torn Space's site-based performances.

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CrossFit and Feminist?: CrossFit as Performance

BY SHANNON WALSH
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 31, 2017

Shannon Walsh is a fitness-averse performance scholar and wannabe woman warrior. This year, on a whim, she took a 6-week “best self challenge” CrossFit course at a local gym. What she discovered changed the way she saw herself, her relationship to the world, and the way she sees theatre. 

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Creating performance entrepreneurs

BY LYNNE BRADLEY
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 14, 2017

Lynne Bradley has worked as a director, choreographer, performer and actor-trainer in Brisbane and abroad for the past 30 years. In 1992 she founded Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre with Simon Woods, and spent two decades building Zen Zen Zo into an internationally renowned performance and training centre. Lynne is passionate about physical theatre, cross-cultural arts collaboration, innovation, sustainability, and mentoring - which is why she took on her current role running the new Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) at USC. 

Her goal during the course of the one-year program is to assist emerging and mid-career artists to become more sustainable, using the model of the “Creative Entrepreneur”.

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Making peace with gravity: realizing human potential through Rolf Structural Integration

BY SHARI HEFTEL
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 06, 2018

Shari Heftel presents about Gravity: that silent, ever present force that constantly pulls us to the ground, is something that most people are aware of, but only peripherally. We all know that if we drop something it will fall to the earth. What most people are not aware of is how gravity is affecting our bodies for good or for bad. How we stand, sit, each step we take, each movement we make, is done with the force of gravity pushing down. When human bodies are misaligned and out of balance, gravity aggravates that condition pushing us further off balance. Bodies that are off balance are constantly fighting with gravity, working harder, struggling to stay upright and fully functioning. Chronic pain, fatigue, emotional distress, and disease in the body can all stem from the misalignment in our bodies. Ida Pauline Rolf, founder of Rolf Structural Integration, also known as Rolfing, believed that when bodies get working appropriately, gravity can flow through and healing can occur. When our bodies are aligned, balanced, organized, and integrated we become more effective human beings, leaving struggle behind allowing human potential and creativity to blossom.

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Connection Through Improvisation

BY LARA MITOFSKY NEUSS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

In the summer of 2017, Lara Mitofsky Neuss attended an Improvisation Workshop at Orford Musique in Canada taught by Swedish Percussionist Anders Ästrand. This workshop led to a recent performance and educational tour in Sweden. Her presentation focuses on her growth and connection both in performance and pedagogy related to connecting with herself and with students through improvisation. She takes the audience on a journey that she experienced while learning improvisation. She became more connected and open as she allowed herself to freely improvise without judgement. This growth has now allowed her to perform and teach improvisation around the world, sharing her experience with others.