May 31, 2023
* Bodies * Words * Dances *
Masterclass on Verbal Communication of
Choreographic Creation, Research and Education
employing the body/word – Performance Writing methodology
by Christos Polymenakos, MA Performance Writing
Wednesdays 31/5 + 7/6, 10:00 – 13:30, Dance House Lefkosia Zoom (online)
For dance professionals and graduates
Which words to we use to document and communicate our work to our colleagues? What are we taking for granted and how do we locate connections with our communities? How different are dance and writing after all?
* Bodies * Words * Dances * is an intensive masterclass consisting of Christos Polymenakos’ body/word Performance Writing methodology principal notions and tools. At its core lays content from the acclaimed Do You Speak Dance? and the multimodal diary for artistic processes.
Self-diagnostic tropes, exercises for multimodal documentation and conveyance, bespoke tryouts in the field of practice of each participant are included. There is also the possibility to work on past, current or future project.
Specifically designed for online participation, it allows and welcomes being in the spaces that relate to your own practice, wherever those are.
Between the two meetings, participants are expected to try out and send tasks directly related to their own creative, research or educational methodology.
What is body/word Performance Writing
Performance Writing was practiced in the 90’s at Dartington College of Arts, a worldwide acknowledged university for its cutting edge approach to artistic education. Performance Writing is a field rather a genre, a field within creation, research and education are equal and constantly feeding into each other.
body/word – Performance Writing is Christos Polymenakos’ open ended methodology emerging from the field of Performance Writing. Christos is the only Greek who holds an MA in Performance Writing from Dartington, studies for which he received a scholarship from the Hellenic National Centre for Theatre ad Dance. In the frame of this constantly evolving methodology, since 2009, language, action and performance are constantly intertwined in various artistic, scientific and entrepreneurial projects. body/word Performance Writing thrives on locating and bringing to the fore combinations of diverse and often silenced experiences, studies and practices from different fields.
body/word Performance Writing creations, conference presentations and educational projetcs have been hosted by universities and artistic institutions, mental helath communities, international festivals, state and private venues, collectively and privately, in Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Saudi Arabia, France, the Netherlands and online.
Christos Polymenakos is a creator, performer, researcher and educator, creator of the body/word – Performance Writing method. He holds an MA in Performance Writing (Merit) from University College Falmouth Incorporating Dartington College of Arts, where he studied with a scholarship from the Hellenic Centre for Theatre and Dance.
Christos has been developing and applying the body/word methodology in the field of Performance Writing as practiced in Dartington College of Arts, since 2010, in creation and dramaturgy, in teaching dramaturgy, improvisation, acting, critical analysis and feedback for professionals, amateurs and students.
He has collaborated as a dramaturg, performer, researcher and educator in various fields of theatre, dance, creative and Performance Writing.
His creative, research and educational work has been hosted by state and private artistic and educational institutions and festivals in Greece, abroad and online. He was the chief dance editor of highlights, arts and culture magazine, and a member of the State Committee for Dance Subsidies of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.