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  • Seminar
  • In-Person: Seaport
  • Adult (18+)

The Artist Is Present: Embodied Writing and Performance

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

What words do we convey with our bodies? How can we craft intersections between body and text? In this seminar, we’ll look to the poems/performance writings of Gabrielle Civil, somatic rituals of CAConrad, instruction pieces of Yoko Ono, and audio walks of Janet Cardiff in order to generate our own writing and performance. Together we’ll explore the edges of performance and text, playing with the boundaries between genres while utilizing the space of GrubStreet’s classrooms, hallways, and stage to bring our newly created works to life. We’ll also consider the relationship between time, bodies, and space as players in the stories we tell, the poems we write. Over the course of 3 hours, we’ll engage with embodied writing and performance as a lens to examine what it means to exist in our bodies, in our time, with each of our own particular hearts and minds.

Come prepared to both move and write in this generative seminar.

Acknowledgements: special thanks to performance artist Marina Abramović’s 2010 MoMA durational performance The Artist Is Present.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood.

Covid-19 Update:

GrubStreet's space will be mask-optional when Boston's Covid-19 Community Level is low or medium. When the Covid-19 Community Level is high, our space will require masks. Please check GrubStreet's Covid-19 page for the latest info on masking and Community Levels before visiting in person.

Space Accessibility:

Our space is ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA-compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.