Movement/Improvisation Workshop, with Raven White
Sun, Jun 30, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CLASS / WORKSHOP

Pillow Fort Arts Center presents an open-level movement/improvisation workshop at Bushel, led by BIRDHOUSE director Raven White. In this workshop, Raven will lead the group through a series of meditational movement improvisations. The workshop aims to provide a new way of considering self, the mind-body, and the daunting-yet-infinite possibilities presented by improvisation. Raven will cultivate a space in which humans can move with freedom, inviting each person to accept themselves and reunite their mind and body. This workshop is free and open to all ages. Reservations are appreciated here; drop-ins okay too!

This workshop is the first in a weeklong series of events surrounding BIRDHOUSE’s residency at Pillow Fort Arts Center culminating in a showing. Click here for information on all of the events.

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BIRDHOUSE is a community of activist artists who move their body-minds in performance and installations to change conceptions of humanity. BIRDHOUSE’s works deal intimately with the human body, the implications of the body on identity, and the many ways in which we see and are seen, erase and are erased. They aim to uncover the essence of humanity within everyone by breaking down the classical format of audience watching performers into something much simpler: Humans being humans with each other. BIRDHOUSE works from a place of improvisation and communication so that the performers are always themselves before they are something else, using their community as a microcosm to investigate the realities of the human condition. BIRDHOUSE creates and performs in galleries, theaters, public forums such as the World Trade Center Oculus, and non-traditional spaces like cafés and apartments, always with the intent of bringing ourselves and others into a deeper place of empathy and understanding of each other’s experiences.

Raven White founded BIRDHOUSE in 2017. Since then, she has directed multiple works, including Always Already, a public improvisational score performed on June 26th, 2019 in the World Trade Center Oculus as part of the World Pride celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall riots. She is an experienced leader of improvisation workshops, including leading an open rehearsal in Beacon, NY hosted by A-Y/Dancers in 2018 and guest-teaching a class on improvisation methods at Princeton University as part of the “Contemporary Practices” course.

Pillow Fort Arts Center (PFAC) is an artist residency and community located on ancestral Haudenosaunee land in the Western Catskill mountains. Founded in 2021 by a dancer and a craftsperson, PFAC strives to create a space where people are free to explore, imagine, and dream; to build a community governed by respect for its members and for nature; to offer an alternative to the coercions of the current capitalist society; and to be a resource for artists, thinkers, feelers, and makers.

Bushel is pleased to serve as Pillow Fort Arts Center’s community partner on this project, which was granted funds from Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group. This project is also made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.