Mindflock: Making Meaning, Movement, and Mindful Creation for performing arts practitioners.
Co-taught by veteran theatre director Ivan Talijancic (WaxFactory) and longtime choreographer Alexandra Beller (Alexandra Beller/Dances), this workshop, open to artists of any experience level, will model collaborative techniques for creating meaning and metaphor.
Mindflock is an intensive workshop in directing and dramaturgy for choreographers, directors, and all performing arts practitioners, regardless of experience level. We will focus on developing strategies for jump-starting new work from scratch by layering compelling visuals, vivid relationships, coherent text, and propulsive narrative. Geared towards theater and dance makers, regardless of experience level, wishing to build skills in movement, spatial relationships and imagery, and seeking tools for devising and coaching text, character development, and specific meaning. We will work to create dynamic, innovative, personal, challenging material where both speaking and moving can be acts of survival and subversion.
“We aren’t reminded often enough to let go of the preciousness of material- be it text or movement. With any expectations or agenda gone, we were free to make choices from instinct and craft without judgement- a rare feeling with refreshing results! ” — Corinne, Mindflock participant
About Mindflock co-creators:
Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, established in 2002. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S.. Alexandra works for theatre, film, and video, as both Movement Coach and Choreographer. She has Choreographed for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company (“Two Gentlemen of Verona”), Bedlam Theatre (for the critically acclaimed “Sense and Sensibility”) and worked with Taylor Mac, Soomi Kim, Theatre Askew and others. Alexandra received her CMA in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals in 2015 and also holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2006). In 2016, she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for her choreography for Bedlam Theatre’s “Sense and Sensibility”, currently running at Judson’s Gym Theatre.
Ivan Talijancic is a cultural producer and practitioner working at the intersection of theater, performance, dance, music, film, video, installation/visual art, new media, fashion, fundraising/development, curatorship, journalism and education in New York City and around the globe. Ivan completed his MFA in Directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City before co-founding WaxFactory, an international multidisciplinary theater group based in New York City. To date, he has created and produced nearly 20 performance, installation and film/ video works with the company, presented on four continents. His first feature film, 416 MINUTES, is currently in post-production. Alongside his work with WaxFactory, Ivan has maintained a dynamic career as an educator, having served on faculties at NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theatre School’s Devised Theatre Program, Barnard College, City College of New York, Brown University etc, and taught workshops nationally and internationally at Alexandra Beller Intensive (New York), Towson University (Baltimore), Fundateneo (Venezuela), Centro Julio Le Parc (Argentina), Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Center for Drama Art (Croatia) and many other locations. Ivan has recently been named the Artistic Director of Contemporary Performance Practices, a performance training program organized by CCA/Creative Cultural Alliance in Croatia.
This workshop is presented by PETE in collaboration with Alexandra Beller and Ivan Talijancic. Support for this collaboration comes from the Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET).