Other Voices – An Experiential Workshop with Susan Rethorst and Guests

Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 215.925.9914
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Other Voices" – An Experiential Workshop with Susan Rethorst and Guest Scientists Exploring Creative Process

In this first public event in the Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind series, distinguished choreographer Susan Rethorst is joined by chemist Michelle Francl and neuroscientists Bree Chancellor and Matthew Young for a day-long free workshop presented by Bryn Mawr College and the LAB at the Painted Bride.  Through this cross-disciplinary platform, artists and scientists can look together into how each discipline sees and approaches the connections of body, mind and the creative process.

Rethorst will "teach a class of perhaps 3 hours, much as I would to choreography students, but choosing activities that are welcoming to non-dancers. In this I present ways of looking at and sharing my experience of, and belief in, making as a form of thought." Following a lunch break, the guest scientists will each offer their responses to what took place in the morning. In Rethorst's words "The activities could range through another class offering, a lecture, or even a walk. Once all participants have presented their form of exchange, we will have a conversation about the issues that arose."

Susan Rethorst moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 2012 after being based in New York City since 1975 and dividing her time between New York and Amsterdam since 1995. She has created dances in both Europe and America and taught choreography throughout Europe. Rethorst's work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Saint Marks, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and was the subject month-long Retro-Introspective at Danspace in 2010.

Bree Chancellor, MD is a visiting scholar at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in how neurological disorders inform our understanding of the biological bases of mind and behavior. Topics of inquiry include the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology of aesthetics, creativity, memory, and learning.

Michelle Francl is Professor of Chemistry on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Policy at Bryn Mawr College.  Her Ph. D. is from the University of California, Irvine. She is a quantum mechanic, with research interests in the structures of molecules that misbehave.  Michelle is also a writer and blogger whose essays on science, culture and policy appear regularly in the journal Nature Chemistry and on her blog, The Culture of Chemistry. When not trying to figure out the structures of transgressive molecules, Michelle writes and lectures about the call to silence and
stillness in the midst of a frenetic world.

Matthew Young received his B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to an academic immersion in consciousness studies, Matthew's research over the past six years has focused on understanding neural mechanisms through which stress and emotion shape memory and well-being. In his personal life, Matthew devotes much time to exploring his personal creativity through music, writing, painting, and woodworking, and he also seeks to understand the consciousness behind that creativity through meditation practices. In particular, he is interested in the feedback loop between environmental information and internal thought-processes that lead to new personal and cultural paradigms. His greatest passion is to develop a higher understanding of that relationship, and use it to better educate and empower young people around the world.

Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance.

Saturday, 08 December, 2012

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Bryn Mawr College and the LAB at the Painted Bride

Phone: (215) 901-5226
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