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WILL RAWLS: Intervals & Quiet
JULY 26th - 30th
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Intervals and Quiet

This workshop will begin with a series of writing and movement exercises and then segue into a durational silent meditation for up to twenty-four hours. Afterwards, we will figure out how to break the silence, and mark the next phase of the workshop which will focus on the notion of the interval. We'll explore the interval as a moment of suspension between events, like the time between camera clicks or alarms, punchlines, bird calls and other phenomena, minor and major. Our research could focus on what we do, who we become, or what we remember when intervals are mechanical, like those produced by a metronome, or when they are extended, like the time between sunset and sunrise, or nonbinary, like the interval between meeting our first love and telling them our first lie. How might we distill the feeling or activity of a big interval and carry into a smaller interval? Aside from a fast paced exercise here and there, this workshop will privilege contemplative, playful and restful surrender to and discussion of time and our bodies within it.

SCHOLARSHIP + WORK TRADE 

We offer 3 full scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color [BIPOC] folks in each session. As well as 3 Work Trade spots in each session. If interested please select 'BIPOC Scholarship' OR 'Work Trade' when registering via the link below. For more information about the work trade exchange, go to the Work Exchange page.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Will Rawls is a New York-based choreographer, dancer, and writer whose work unfolds at the edges of sense when dance and language clash. His multi-disciplinary work exists at theaters, galleries and museums, and focuses on how black performance rescripts the visibility and erasure inherent in anti-black perception. His next work, [siccer], will premiere in 2023. He has received fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim, The Alpert Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, United States Artists, the Rauschenberg Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and several universities and museums. In 2020-2021, he held an appointment as the UC Regents Professor in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, and will return in 2022 as Lecturer in New Genres at UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. In 2016, Rawls co-curated Lost and Found—six weeks of performances at Danspace Project that addressed the intergenerational impact of HIV/AIDS on dancers, women, and people of color. He lectures widely in academic and community contexts and his writing has been published by the Hammer Museum, MoMA, Museu de Arte de São Paolo, Dancing While Black Journal, and Artforum.

Photo by Luis Rodriguez

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