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Write out Loud: Dance your Silence – A Workshop with Shebana Coelho, Guest Artist

October 6, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm


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A spoken dance/creativity workshop to mine the resonant silences within and transform them into performance poems. Inspired by stories & songs of different cultures 
- faraway and close – in a safe nurturing environment, we will imagine, dance, write, speak and create short embodied choreo-poems that awaken the stories indigenous to you, the stories only you can tell.

Shebana has been facilitating creativity workshops for about six years in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Zuni pueblo – and even once in Mongolia. It’s all part of a larger project called Faraway is Close, to connect cultures and communities but also to connect into our own creativity which sometimes feels very remote.

Her workshop at Still & Moving Center precedes Shebana’s “spoken dance” performance at The ARTS at Marks Garage on October 10: “The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects.” Her performance mixes poetry and dance inspired by flamenco and Sanskrit classical theater to dramatize the different ways we are colonized – by cultures, by emotions…


Shebana Coelho

Originally from India, Shebana is a writer, filmmaker and performer now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Fulbright award to Mongolia, and a Telly Award. Her poems, prose and articles have been published in domestic and international journals; her documentary work has been broadcast on PBS, BBC Radio, and Discovery Channel. She has been studying and performing flamenco dance since 2010. In 2016, she participated in Sanskrit theater intensives in India on the primal source of performance energy, incorporating eye movements, gestures and choreographies described in the Natyashastra, an ancient Sanskrit treatise on drama.

Also a playwright, Shebana’s plays have been produced in NYC and New Mexico. She received a CEC ArtsLink Project award to collaborate with ASHTAR Theater in Ramallah, Palestine on a project that excavates creative expressions about land in different genres.  

Her performance “The Good Manners of Colonized Subjects” is a hybrid work, intersecting cultures, and genres, and developed in inspired collaboration with : Aparna Sindhoor of Navarasa Dance Theater (India/US), Larry & Deborah Littlebird of Listening Ground (Native Pueblo oral tradition), and Alice Blumenfeld (Flamenco Choreography)



October 6, 2018
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
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