San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
SATURDAY, JULY 19
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Beyond Baroque Mini Master Class Series
SARAH MACLAY: EN-CHANT-MENT -- AND DISENCHANTMENT
4 hour workshop
Incantation allows us to leave the world of the unobstructed linear, the world of the simply narrative—the unimpeded and then and then and then, the world of everyday—and to enter the world of music, of spell, of enchantment—of a kind of swirl, or swoon. You can feel it in your body. This is one of the reasons we listen to music (which “tames the foul beast” and all of that)—because it allows us to enter this state that seems to transport us from our own uninterrupted mental discourse, our own repeating litanies of concern. It allows us a kind of space, or gap—a break, a breath, from what seemed so consuming in the way it concerned us only moments before—like a circuit breaker. It allows us to be present to something unexpected—a rest, and yet a kind of coming awake. It allows us to breathe.
How do we do this? This workshop will provide examples of poems that seem to cast a spell. Then we’ll try our hands at it through a generative exercise and share the results. Finally, we’ll hear how some of the same techniques that produce entrancement can be used for very different tonal effects.
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291
Seating is limited to 15 students and 5 audit seats.
Audit Seating (observation only) $20
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Beyond Baroque LIterary | Arts Center
Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary/Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to literary and cultural production, contact, interaction, and community building. Founded in 1968, it is based in the Old Town Hall in Venice, California, near the Pacific Ocean. It offers a program of readings, new music, free workshops, publishing, bookstore, archiving, and education. Learn more at beyondbaroque.org.