Resilient Stillness: A Theatre Workshop About Stillness and Togetherness
Featuring Brittney Harris, M.F.A.
Resilient Stillness blends together each participant's physical embodiment of the theme of "stillness" during this pandemic. This 30-minute performative workshop culminates in the creation of an archivable video montage devised from Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed technique "Image Theatre" in which still images are used to explore abstract concepts, such as relationships and emotions, as well as realistic situations.
Community participants with little or no performance experience are invited to participate in this immersive experience. Those wishing to observe are also invited to watch and experience the performance. This workshop is a guided exploration, inspiring all participants to look at stillness as more than confinement or a method of hiding, but as an opportunity to ground ourselves in the simple gifts of the current time. As the title suggests, the audience and participants will "still" find moments of celebration and expression.
Brittney Harris is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social change, and performative community-engaged programming.
The Arts@ODU Summer Series was developed to facilitate community connections through free, accessible programming, to highlight the strength and resilience of the arts at ODU, and to lift spirits during this challenging time.