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Spontaneous Composition
with Reeva Wortel

Saturday August 5, 2017, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Be Space @ Vibrant Studios, 1532 SW Jefferson Street

Using a laboratory setting participants will actively engage with objects, text, and movement improvisation to create spontaneous compositions. Participants will be guided in a process that will enable each individual to develop their own composition based on the elements of their choosing. This process will encourage participants to explore the intersection between meditation and the work of composing compelling imagery in space and time.

This workshop will embolden writers, dancers, actors, designers, musicians directors, visual artists, thinkers, and creative explorers to collaborate in storytelling and image-making in an atmosphere that stretches one’s creative capacity.

Space is limited, register in advance. Price valid through July 25

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Reeva Wortel is a visual artist, performer, choreographer/director and teaching artist. Wortel has worked in communities as a social worker and teaching artist, honing a technique to narrate the individual stories of our time through her portraiture work, a process that involves in-depth interviewing, photography, painting, performance, dance, and installation. Wortel has extensive training in contemporary dance and theater from Naropa University including Viewpoints Practice, Composition/ Moment Work, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Body Mind Centering.

In 2014 Wortel completed her work on SPILL, a play based on interviews and an installation of life-size painted portraits of people affected by the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and subsequent BP oil spill in the south coast of Louisiana in April 2010. SPILL had its world premiere in the spring of 2014 in Louisiana and premiered in Chicago in the fall of 2015 and in New York in 2017.

Wortel’s recent work includes a 2016 project for the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon entitled Look Me in the Eye. For this project Wortel collaborated with the Portland City Hall to create a portrait installation and interactive performance based on interviews with Portland families about development, gentrification, as well as the disparities and similarities of family life in Portland, Oregon.