FURY Factory Workshop: Lanny Harrison (New York)
Contemplative Characters: East Meets West

Date & Time: Sunday, June 26, 1:30-5:30pm
Location: Joe Goode Annex

Registration and details

This workshop will explore the relationship between theatrical & contemplative practice. Through transformative movement, vocal & theater exercises, participants will create vibrant characters in various settings.

Starting with sitting meditation we will proceed to Taoist inspired physical & vocal warm-ups. We will practice “The Snake Dance” a meditation-in-action movement form. The group will then choose from a deck of Character Cards and create beings who are often refreshing, outrageous, sublime. We will close our workshop with The Circle Dance, another group form, emphasizing keeping our antennas attuned to each other.
Music & silence will alternately accompany our exercises.

The Buddhist view of synchronizing body, speech & mind will be present throughout.
This workshop is open to everyone interested in tapping their own source of deep invention.

Prior experience not required. Dress to move and bring a notebook and water bottle.

Lanny Harrison dancer, performance artist, poet, teacher – began her career in the New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. Since 1969, Ms Harrison has been a member of Meredith Monk’s theater company, The House, playing lead roles in many productions. She has played character roles in Off-Broadway musicals & plays, and for the last 35 years has created and toured one-woman shows in America & Europe. Her latest, “Memoir: Dances, Songs & Stories” was presented at Laura Simms’ Story Salon in Spring 2015. She has collaborated with many musicians & theater folk, including the late Collin Walcott (”Cooking Up a Storm”), Meredith Monk (”Acts from Under & Above”), Lily Pink (”The Bat Sisters”), Steve Clorfeine (”Sense & Nonsense”). Ms Harrison is currently at work, w/Mr. Clorfeine & percussionist Robin Daniels, on “Nomadic Events” to be presented at Unison Theater, New Paltz, NY in June 2016. She is now curating, with Laura Simms, a series of “Fire Monkey Salons” at NY Shambhala Center and for the past 20 years her weekly theater workshop, “Characters in Motion”, has been housed at the Center.

Ms. Harrison teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, has taught at Naropa University for many years and still conducts weekend workshops there, the last one with Meredith Monk. She also teaches through The West Kortright Centre in upstate NY and in the “Visual Iconography” class at Yale University. A student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1971, Ms. Harrison is a certified meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition and is actively engaged in various Dharma Art programs. http://www.lannyharrison.com/about.html