Bay Area Dance Week – Tamalpa Dances with Joy Cosculluela


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What if you had an idea that you wanted to explore for a dance/movement piece? What if you had a map to help shape your idea? If you experience creativity as a non-linear process and are interested in exploring how this process can guide you, join us for a mini-introduction to the Halprin “RSVP cycles” and “scoring”. Drawing from the Halprins’ body of work, participants will be introduced to the basics of generating resources, themes, intentions and activities. Participants will practice devising and enacting a simple score to generate creativity. We’ll ground our work in movement/ dance and integrate drawing and writing in our practice. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, whether you are a beginning dancer or a seasoned choreographer.

Whether creating a solo piece or collaborating with other artists for a performance project, Joy brings her passion and experience in dance, somatics and the Tamalpa Life/Art Process into her interdisciplinary art practice. Joy’s art process is about dialogue and engagement, asking questions such as, “What does it mean to be an authentic embodied artist in today’s culture?”

Joy CosculluelaJoy is a movement artist, a performance maker, a cultural connector, and a great lover of stories that speak of shared and diverse human experience. As a Filipino-American woman living in the diaspora, she works in a liminal space of possibilities, multiple languages and identities. Joy believes that an embodied approach to art makes visible what we can’t see in ourselves and in the world.

Joy has trained extensively and performed with Anna Halprin in numerous events including “Seasons/Awaken,” “Spirit of Place,” and the seminal “Parades and Changes.” Joy founded the Wayfinders Performance Group and produced and directed “Homing Devices,” a full-length dance-theatre performance with international performers exploring stories of home. She co-directed “Between Shadow and Light,” a site-specific performance that collaborated with musicians and artists from the Bay Area. Joy is Artistic Director of “Swimming the Waters,” which explores various sites in San Francisco to encourage awareness of our environmental landscapes. She appears as lead artist in Daria Martin’s film “Minotaur” and has performed in “Without Us” by Inkboat.

Joy is currently working on a performance project examining the themes of multi- cultural identity, migration, loss, and transformation. Joy completed her Master’s in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Tamalpa Institute Training Schedule


April 27, 2017


12:30 PM - 3:00 PM




Spring Fall Studio
2547 Eigth St, Studio #20
Berkeley, CA 94710

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