Storytelling Through Movement

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Invertigo artists use the creative process to empower participants and help them develop and share their stories through music and dance. From cathartic personal reflection to crowd-sourced dreamscapes, anyone with a story can benefit from Storytelling Through Movement. 

Adaptable, fun and empowering for all demographics.

We have developed a special Storytelling Through Movement class for theatre artists.  (click here)

Invertigo has experience in working with people from 2 to 92 years old, through our Invert/ED education program and our Dancing Through Parkinson's classes.  We create a culture that is warm, inclusive, open, inviting, empowering and fun.

We create programs based on the people with whom we will be working and the scope of the program (one-day workshop vs. a series).  They all include a warm-up and movement/theatre exercises that build community, trust and storytellingskills.  We often facilitate the creation of a dance theatre piece (in one large group or several smaller groups) that empower people to share and interpret their own stories.

We sometimes include a live music component.  Diana Lynn is our company's musician who participates in a lot of our workshops and she creates soundscapes with beautiful vocals and percussion instruments from all over the world.

Past partnerships include: Descanso Gardens, World Refugee Day/Refugee Forum of Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Directors Lab West.

Options include two-hour workshops, one-day workshops and a more in-depth series.

We have developed a special Storytelling Through Movement class for theatre artists (actors, directors, anyone involved in the creative theatre-making process):

In this workshop, you'll dive into the possibilities of movement as a storytelling device, using techniques specific to dance but also useful to theater directors.  Whether you're directing Shakespeare or Suzan-Lori Parks, these exercises can help you create a two-way flow of invention, in which text motivates movement, and movement helps the actors engage with the text and each other in deeper, more meaningful ways.  We'll generate and expand upon kinetic and theatrical impulses.  You'll also learn how to help reluctant actors overcome their insecurities with movement and connect to it in a creative, organic process.  Wear clothes in which you can move. Bring your body just as it is. It's perfect.

Laura Karlin (Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, Directors Lab West '14 Alum) creates engaging dance pieces of virtuosic movement delivered with stunning athletic physicality and a whimsical theatricality.  The company forges a new relationship between audience and performer and its storytelling incorporates elements of theatre, spoken dialogue and live music. Laura's choreography has been  performed in such venues as the Ford Theatres, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Alex Theatre, LACMA, Broad Stage and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Invertigo's Dancing Through Parkinson's program offers weekly dance classes to people living with Parkinson's disease and its Invert/ED education program empowers young people through the creative process.