COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Tell your story through dance. Take a class, start a series, build a workshop with Invertigo. We’re ready.

“This vital program brings joy to the participants and builds a strong sense of community and connection.”

Mark Slavkin, Director of Education, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Invertigo offers a range of dynamic community engagement programs in different formats that can be tailored to fit your community vision and needs. Our workshops, series, and trainings can provide a general dance theatre approach or address specific cultural questions and social issues in your community.

ONGOING EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

DTP Online: Weekly Zoom Class

Thursdays 1:30 – 2:30pm
Join Invertigo for our weekly Dancing Through Parkinson’s class on Zoom! Lively but accessible movement, warm and talented teachers, a program designed to uplift your well-being, physical strength, and sense of community joy.

Kitchen Table Project

Invertigo’s new virtual dance theatre community project. An interconnected web of virtual workshops, performances and happenings that engage the kitchen table as a stage, a platform, a place of gathering, a call for justice, a site of memories, and a whimsical wonderland.

For more information contact Laura Karlin at [email protected]

Hope Street – Guest Artist Family Play Session

Hope Street Family Center is an ongoing thought partner and collaborator with Invertigo.

This summer Invertigo was the guest artist for a session with Hope Street’s Family Play Time. Invertigo’s Teaching Artist Rosa Navarrete teamed up with Hope Street’s Virginia Escamilla to share bilingual storytelling, dance and body connectivity with families on Zoom. We look forward to our next Guest Artist session with Hope Street this fall!

Director’s Lab West Convo

Directors Lab West – Each year, Laura teaches a Storytelling Through Movement workshop for 50+ directors. It is all about shifting perspectives on bodies and storytelling, inhabiting characters from a place of gut-deep, skin-alive sensations. It is about coming from a place of trust and connection. It is about un-doing stories that the world has told us about our bodies. It’s about re-discovering laughter and play. “You hold the record in making the most people cry… in a good way!” – Ernest Figeuroa, DLW Co-Founder

In 2020, DLW re-imagined its programming to a series of conversations between artists. During dialogue with Sabra Williams, the Executive Director of Creative Acts, Laura noted, “As culture workers, we can play a significant role in addressing the grief and emotional effects of the pandemic. Hear from two artists who have been doing this work and how they see the potential impact we can have.”

Their conversation, along with the rest of the illuminating dialogues, are archived and available here.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

AfroFunk!

Jess Evan’s AfroFunk dance workshop meets Dancing Through Parkinson’s.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm

A one-off workshop offering a combination of traditional and stylized African and Caribbean dance, with low, medium & high impact options. A fusion of East and West African movements will be adapted to seated and choreo exercise. You can’t help but feel good in this workshop. As Jess says, “The key is movement affirmations, taking the good stuff in and dancing the bad stuff out.”

Workshop developed & taught by artist Jess Evans who is an artist, dancer, and producer who has traveled around the world sharing the messages and movement of AfroFunk!

Interested in booking a Community Engagement program with Invertigo? A one-off workshop? A series on a theme? A residency? A combination? Click through our menu.

Storytelling Through Movement

Invertigo artists bring their creative practices to collaborate and empower participants. Together, their imagination helps develop stories through music and dance. From cathartic personal reflection to crowd-sourced dreamscapes, anyone with a story can benefit from Storytelling Through Movement.

 

Adaptable, fun and empowering for all demographics.

 

Invertigo has experience in working with people from four months-old to 92 years-old.  We create a culture that is warm, inclusive, inspiring, and fun.

 

Our programs are based on the people with whom we will be working, as this informs the scope of the program – be it a one-day workshop, or a series.  They all include a warm-up and movement/theatre exercises that build community, trust and storytelling skills.  We often facilitate the creation of a dance theatre piece (in one large group or several smaller groups) that give people space to share and interpret their own stories.

 

Often, Invertigo Dance Theatre invites a live music component.  Diana Lynn, our company’s musician who participates in many of our workshops, creates soundscapes with beautiful vocals and percussion instruments from all over the world.

 

Past partnerships include: Descanso Gardens, World Refugee Day/Refugee Forum of Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Directors Lab West.

 

Options include two-hour workshops, one-day workshops and a more in-depth series.

Masterclasses

Invertigo offers master classes or a series of workshops taught by Artistic Director Laura Karlin and Invertigo company members. Classes can be designed for beginning, intermediate, pre-professional, and professional levels. Dancers can sink into physically challenging, emotionally engaging movement, and play with elements of partnering, group work and collaboration.

 

We teach to the dancers in the room, finding ways to challenge but also to bring out the strengths of each dancer. We create a community within the class to foster a sense of trust and to open participants up to risk-taking.

 

Past participants describe classes as “inspiring,” “challenging but nurturing,” and “a warm culture that brings out the best in body and spirit.”

Engagement Possibilities

Dive in with us to co-create the program of your organisation’s dreams.

Or book us for a quick plug & play — we have engagement activities at the ready.

 

Invertigo offers a range of creative engagement possibilities for all ages and contexts. 

All current programming is innovatively adapted to virtual formats. 

  • Small or large groups
  • One-offs or ongoing programming
  • Open formats or specialized on cultural, social, artistic themes

 

The following can be offered as ongoing intensives, one-offs, or residencies with a combination of activities:

  • Dance Theatre Workshops – focus on craft, technique or dance as story
  • Dialogues, Panels & Forums – lively, rigorous community discussions 
  • Post-Show Salons – games and interactive elements engaging a show’s themes

 

We love teaming up with new and existing partners to dream and scheme.

 

Build the engagement with us. Or give us your specs and needs, and we’ll create it and bring it to you.

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Invertigo invites your collaborative dreaming & scheming.