Expressive Art Workshops
Participating in arts of liberation
Liberation Arts (LA) come in various forms: classes, party, workshops, ceremonies, rituals, discussions, debates. Most LA workshops are lightly structured circles ceremonies, of rhythmic music and song with dance and creative movement. Think of it as musical improvisation dance theater.
To honor our warrior-selves, we use a theatrical structure to transform the environment into an alternative reality where the skills and culture of the peaceful warrior shine. Being together in the arts manifest community energies. We will apply techinques the consciousness needed to to direct community energy in directions of our choosing.
Access to the energy is easy for new participants because LA's methods keep the barrier to participation low. That said, absorbing paradigm shifts deep into personal identity requires focus and discipline and many who attend are in a long term practice of growth and community building through the arts.
Entering the Circle
LA is based on the model of the circle. In the circle everyone's participation is unique and adds to the group’s experience. Every expressions influences the art being created and the lessons being learned. Leadership coordinates the process and works to have everyone share opportunities to achieve.
Themes are part of LA workshops and they provide the focal point between improvisation and choreography. In a safe space we "pendulum" through creative manifestations , to find common ground about personal social and political issues .
We play percussion, sing calls and chorus, and do spoken word. We recite poetry, play the guitar, play the flute, or just come dance.
This type of learning can be emotional. LA exercises our instincts and reflexes. Emotions trigger as part of primordial response systems. To manage in this environment we don’t take ourselves seriously. We exercise in a happy heartfelt way. Anyone at anytime can break the tension with a joke or a laugh. Group multidisciplinary improv is challenging, so we always fall back on laughter.