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Workshops on Salt Spring Island

I am thrilled to be heading to Salt Spring Island in a few weeks to teach 2 amazing workshops.

A Physical Theatre Weekend Workshop

at Antler Ridge Dance Studio, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

with Meagan O’Shea // Stand Up Dance

Playing Games to Train the Creative Body:

performance strategies and improvisation techniques

Playing Games to Train the Creative Body is a workshop for everyone who wishes to stimulate their creative side. Working with movement and story-telling improvisation strategies, games and contemporary performance techniques, we’ll unleash our creative impulses.

Influenced by her work and training with Nina Martin and Lower Left’s Ensemble Thinking for Performing Improvisation, Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theatre™ and Keith Hennessy’s Activism Art, Meagan has developed trainings to encourage people to:

- Be as you as you can be

- Find your people

- Cultivate the third impulse, look for the oblique

- Magnify Joy

- Amplify Impact

Come join the fun!

Friday October 26 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Saturday October 27 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday October 28 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

DIY Interdisciplinary Solo Making

DIY Interdisciplinary Solo Making is for those who wish to take the work further and develop a performance piece. Incorporating the skills we’ve been working with in Playing Games to Train the Creative Body, each participant can develop their material for an informal showing at the end of the workshop. People are invited to come with an idea and or some material. This could be already developed and you want to go deeper or continue exploring or change tactics. It could also be an object of significance, a poem, song, piece of text, or an idea or memory close to your heart.

Meagan has created and performed 17 interdisciplinary solo's in her 22 years of professional practice and has developed a number of strategies to uncover the material that is always there waiting to be expressed.

Space is limited for this workshop in order to give one-on-one feedback.

Friday October 26 2 - 3:30 pm / 8 - 9:30 pm

Saturday October 27 1:30 - 4 pm / 4:45 - 7:15 pm

Sunday October 28 1 - 3 pm


At the end of the weekend we’ll share our work with the community. Participants from Playing Games the Creative Body are welcome to share one of the exercises with the audience.

Participants in DIY Solo Making will share their works in progress and Meagan will perform one of her solos.

Sunday October 28 at 4 pm

Meagan O’Shea

Meagan O’Shea is a Canadian contemporary dance-theatre artist who works internationally. Current projects include Léxico, an international collaboration, creating dance across languages, and understanding (in) the unknown that will premiere at Sismògraf Festival in Spain in 2019; Dream Another Day ~ reaching into the future, a retrospect of the mess we’re in now, a self-explanatory solo with dance chorus; Postcards for the future, a series of mini dance-films created in different locations; SideShow, an ode to the female body in this world, “A classic” Jaap Kevering; Where Truth Lies, a solo that premiered at Lonely in the Rain in Finland in 2013, expanded to include an ensemble and choir and hit Canada in 2015 and '16, and as a solo in Mexico in 2018; dance like no one is watching, contemporary dance meets public art in this site-responsive ensemble improv project that has included more than 200 dancers and reached over 30,000 incidental audiences from Nanaimo to St. John’s since it’s inception in 2007.

Meagan is artistic director of Stand Up Dance; co-founder of hub14, a centre for creation and performance in Toronto, Canada; the recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance and is furthering her research by pursuing certification in Ensemble Thinking.

Meagan teaches creative process, improvisation, contemporary technique and Interdisciplinary Solo Making at centres across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and 11 countries in Europe (so far).


October 26th- 28th Playing Games $135 Playing Games and DIY Solo Making $250 Fri 2-9:30 pm Sat 9:30 am-7:15 pm Sun 9:30 am-3 pm Informal showing: 4-5:30 pm Antler Ridge Dance studio 211 Horel Rd W (off of Fulford-Ganges road) Salt Spring Island, BC Host: Robbyn Scott 250-653-4088 SPACE IS LIMITED! Register and e-Transfer payment to Robbyn Scott, Some on-site accommodations available

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