Ellen Gorman. Photo Credit: Eliza Abrams
I am currently working on the script for a series of live performances that will integrate mindfulness meditation, modern dance and live music.
My goal is to educate and engage the audience through an immersive experience that will include a brief explanation of mindfulness, a guided meditation followed by an audience feedback session, culminating in an improvised dance performance that will embody the entire experience including audience feedback. During the event dance will be used to interpret the spoken word, which will facilitate understanding and deepen the experience for all involved. The performance will have 4 components:
- Spoken word interpreted with dance
- Mindfulness meditation for all present
- Reflection and sharing within small groups.
- Sharing with all; interpreted with dance & music
Unlike other artistic events, this is a highly participatory performance during which the audience will interact with the dancers, musicians and technical crew as they all learn mindful techniques, meditate and share feedback with each other. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the movement component, which can be done from a seated position, standing position and of course, through dance.
I’ve been working on this project for over a year now and have written several drafts of the script but there is still much work left to be done. As part of my creative research, I held exploratory meetings with choreographers to discuss my vision for the movement and musical components of this project. I also held a workshop session with a modern dance company (MAX) to obtain feedback on the script and the overall project design.
Once funding is secured, I plan to recruit and pay a choreographer, dancers, musicians and supporting technical personnel to fully operationalize the performance and make it ready for production. My vision is to develop this concept fully and perform it at multiple venues throughout the 17 towns of Cape Cod. I plan to target both small and large venues such as senior centers, community centers, elementary and high schools as well as performing arts centers. I have also had exploratory conversations with the executive directors of two leading arts centers: The Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Sandwich Arts Alliance. I hope to hold 6-8 performances a year for an indefinite number of years once the show is ready.
I intend to perform the initial spoken word component myself as well as lead the meditation component and act as a facilitator for the reflection and sharing component. I am comfortable taking on these roles because of my experience as an adjunct professor at two universities for 6 years, a musician at more than 100 gigs over 40 years and meditation guide of more than 40 sessions in 5 months.
It is my sincere desire to use Mindfulness & Movement to expose, enlighten, entertain and educate as many people as possible, about the value and benefits that can result from a daily practice of mindfulness.
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