Workshop conductors: LaVerne Baker Hotep & Shelia K. Collins, Ph.D
Changing the Race Dance: Using Improvisational InterPlay Forms to Enhance Graceful Collaborations in the Design Field
This workshop uses the improvisational performance forms of InterPlay to explore allying and culturally induced internalized “isms” that inhibit effective collaboration with persons and social groups different from our own.
Racism, sexism, colorism, and ageism, are about the body, (what people look like) and they are in the body, (often uncomfortably.) As an art-based approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body, InterPlay offers tools to connect to our own body wisdom and ways to draw from the wisdom of the group body.
InterPlay addresses the over-reliance on words and intellectual initiations by providing alternative avenues, (movement, music and song) to access information from a part of us “smarter than we are.” Becoming part of the safe container established by InterPlay movement, music, story, and stillness participants will:
Mine and share their own stories of the “isms”
Use movement to tap into the intelligence of the body
Experience how aversion and solidarity register in the body
Create with others a group response on behalf of actions for allyship
This workshop is a part of the exhibition: Climactic: Post Normal Design co-organized by the CMU School of Design. It will be held in the Miller Gallery on the CMU campus Saturday December 3rd 2016 12:30 – 2:30 pm. It is recommended that participants visit the show prior to attending this InterPlay workshop.