Somatic Technologies, Archetypes & the Language of Performance

with Anet Margot Ris

Mondays 7:30 - 10:00pm (doors open at 7:00)
October 7-November 20
6 sessions with invitational showing Nov.18
Pre-registration required — only 3 spots left

In this workshop we will develop archetypal somatic templates for facets of the Greater Feminine: Aphrodite, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter and Kali.
We will use embodiment of the elementals (water, earth, air, fire), activation of the chakras, organs & meridians, and other somatic and shamanic practices to engage in shape-shifting between archetypes.

We will then use these characters/states-of-being/essences to create improvisational etudes using the Languages of Performance (i.e. spatial architecture, time, dynamics, presence, etc.).

There is no fee for this workshop, but participants must commit to the whole session (some allowances possible) and commit to a daily practice of at least 10 minutes on their own.

Appropriate for performers of any gender or orientation.



with Anet Margot Ris

3rd Sundays, October 20 - May 17, 4-6pm

Donation: $5 - $15

How does one combine dance, theater, music, props, sets, lighting, narrative & abstraction with artistry & wisdom to create amazing performance? We will address this question as we study some of the seminal contemporary operas & musical theater works of the 20th & 21st century. 

October 20: Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson

November 17: Cabaret by Bob Fosse

December 15: Atlas by Meredith Monk

January 19: Dancer in the Dark: Lars von Trier/Bjork

February 16: TBD

March 15: TBD

April 19: TBD

May 17: TBD


with Wenona Kimbro

Alternating Saturdays, 3-5pm

Series 1: January 4 & 18, February 1, 15, & 29
registration open through Dec. 21
Series 2: March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25, May 9
     registration open through Feb. 29

Donation: $50 per series
(installment options available as needed)

This five-session course is presented in a non-competitive format with emphasis on creative support and community for all skill levels. Discussion of each student’s work will focus on identifying elements of structure and style, and on examining how these choices influence the emotional resonance of the work.

Students must submit 2-3 double-spaced pages of fiction at least one week prior to 1st meeting. Submissions may be a single complete work, multiple works of flash fiction, or an excerpt from a longer short story.

Registration can be done independently for either or both series.



Reconnect with the origins of Blues Dancing: fellowship, relaxation, soothing the Vagal Nervous System…

Day/Time TBA

In affiliation with Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society