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Book Club for Dancers with Rebecca Mackenzie at Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Studios

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Time 14:30
Date 24/03/18
Price £45

Interested in using fiction as part of your moving practice? Then join Rebecca Mackenzie in the Book Club for Dancers. Featuring 3 workshop sessions and 3 different books to read and explore.

Dates and Times: Sat 24 Mar, Sat 21 Apr & Sat 26 May.

A deep dive into different techniques in fiction, exploring what they could mean for a performer; rhythm, image, gesture and symbol, landscape, the use of time, multiple voices, narrative journeys.

A novel is a place of encounter. We enter the body of the text and experience a consciousness moving through time and space. As we encounter the body of the text, so too does the text inhabit our bodies. How do these words rub up against our imagination? How does the residue of reading make us want to move? What use of space or image is called forth?

"Through three workshops, and three novels, we will explore these questions. We’ll share our reading experience with each other and examine elements of a novel’s craft, such as time, place, rhythm, gesture. We’ll explore our responses through movement, creating a zone where our experience as readers and movers meet, where imagination and body speak to each other. As a group we’ll develop our own lens for examining texts, finding fresh ways to engage with our reading in order to inspire us as performers."

About Rebecca Mackenzie

Rebecca Mackenzie, a novelist and performer whose debut novel In a Land of Paper Gods, published in 2016 was a Red Magazine Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

As a performer she regularly collaborates with dance artist Seke Chimutengwende;  she is an approved teacher of Action Theater™ and teaches improvisation in both the UK and Europe. She is also a visiting tutor on the Royal Holloway Creative Writing MA and a visiting lecturer in Improvisation at LCDS.

The books are not included in the price as participants might own copies or decide to borrow them from their local library. ID has an account with Foyles, and can order copies on participants’ behalf; they will pass on any discount Foyles is able to offer them to you.