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Emotional Resilience While Performing Traumatic Narratives: Part III


Friday, May 31, 2019 - 17:30 to 20:30
Rajni Shah, Tatiana Koroleva, and Elena Frantova

Hosted by Mariana Marcassa and Susie Showers
Presented with support from Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro and the Acts of Listening Lab at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

This is the final event in a series of three meetings where artists, scholars, students, and interdisciplinary professionals will share knowledge, techniques, and questions for performing traumatic narratives in theatre. Our aim is to gradually unfold a non-linear conversation through immersive workshops and dynamic discussions.

Discussion: Running From the Self: Exploring Resistance and Challenging Narratives (5:30pm)

With Rajni Shah

Rajni will lead a roundtable discussion that focuses on marginalised voices, and the ways in which the structures we use to facilitate discussions and workshops already invite some voices and bodies more than others. Her session will focus on what it means to invite quietness, hesitancy, silence, and inarticulacy into difficult conversations.

Rajni Shah is an artist and researcher whose practice is focused on listening and gathering as creative and political acts. She is a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia, working with Luis C. Sotelo Castro at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, and in the Department of Theatre. For an archive of performance works, see www.rajnishah.com.

Workshop: Exploring Interdependence of Empathetic Presence Through Embodied Practices of Butoh and Compassionate Communication (7:20pm)

With Tatiana Koroleva and Elena Frantova

This workshop explores the variety of facets of empathetic presence through performative methodologies of butoh and communication practices of non-violent communication. We will go through a series of Butoh-inspired exercises - performative practice reaching towards the deepest layers of our psyche allowing our subconscious maps of being and acting to surface. The quality of this presence satisfies our strongest longing for meaningful engagement with ourselves and the world around us. It also promotes our own spontaneous emotional healing through re-enactment of repressed and denied experiences, supports the healing of others, and naturally brings out our innate empathy, compassion, and cooperation. In the second half of the workshop we will bring our empathic presence into the compassionate communication practices. Informed by Buddhist communication practices and nonviolent communication (NVC) principles, we will connect with others in the way where they can really feel seen, heard and understood.

Tatiana Koroleva is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher who works in the mediums of performance art, video art, and creative writing. A graduate of a doctoral program in Humanities, and a lecturer at the Department of Studio Arts, at Concordia University (Montreal, QC), Koroleva explores intersections of performative practices, art therapy, and theoretical research in cultural anthropology and religious studies. Focusing on participatory aspects of performance art, Koroleva introduces new methods of interaction with the audience based on adaptation of ritualistic practices to the context of late-capitalist societies. Since 2004, Koroleva has performed locally and internationally including her participation in Miami International Festival of Performance Art (FL, USA), International Biennale of Performance Art DEFORMES (Santiago de Chile, Chile), and ITINERANT Festival of Performance Art (New York, USA), among others. Her most recent performances were presented at Queens Museum (New York, USA) as a part of LiVEART.US and Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria).

Elena Frantova is a compassionate communication facilitator and shiatsu practitioner whose work is rooted in a deep trust for empathetic human connection and its uncanny power to heal and transform. The desire to understand how common and traumatic human experiences map themselves onto mind-body continuum led Elena to explore holistic approaches and contemplative practices for several years, before she dedicated herself to studying Tao Shiatsu – a therapeutic approach rooted in Pure Land Buddhism and holistic medicine – in Montreal and Kyoto, Japan. Elena became fascinated by the compassionate communication practices of Tao Shiatsu, which eventually led her to Non-violent communication (NVC). NVC teaches how to cultivate humane connections that create harmony, deepen relationships, respect everyone’s needs, and constuctively engage with conflict. In 2019 Elena completed an intensive training with the International Center for Non-Violent Communication (CNVC). Since 2018, Elena practices as a shiatsu practitioner and offers training and consulting as a compassionate communication facilitator. Previously, Elena received a BFA in 2006 and over the next 8 years worked as an interdisciplinary researcher, educator and part-time faculty in the Fine Arts department at Concordia University.

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