Masks, Ritual, Storytelling, Performance Art with Pash Galbavy and an Experiential Improvisational Theater Session with Marjorie Timms
Sedona AZ (January 4, 2013) – Performance artist, mask maker, and movement facilitator Pash Galbavy will host a performance of “The Body Reclamation Project” on Sunday, January 13th in the Si Birch Room of the Sedona Public Library, located at 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona. There will be one showing at 1:30 PM, doors open at 1:00 PM. Cost is sliding scale, $25 – $50. Advance reservations recommended as seating is limited. The show will be followed by an experiential “Mindful Improvisation” session, conducted by award-winning actor, director, writer, and theater producer, Marjorie Timms, PhD.
The Body Reclamation Project is an ever-evolving culmination of over 15 years experimentation and exploration by Galbavy. It is part improvisation, storytelling, movement, dance, mask-art, myth, and personal and collective healing ritual. In the performance, Pash uses mask, movement and storytelling to share about her own challenges to be at home in her body. In doing so, she touches on issues faced by many in our western culture on the journey into, and through adulthood. She brings masks to life as the embodiment of archetypal characters–such as the Child, Critic, Rebel, and Pleaser–that are encountered both within and without. Traversing pleasure and peril, from promiscuity, to violence, to eating disorders, to nude modeling, the body is the landscape where inner and outer struggles converge. Pash offers hope that a way back to ourselves can be found by learning to listen and respond to one’s own inner calling, however strange its voice may seem.
Galbavy said: “Some people have strong emotional reactions to the show. After first performing it at the Flagstaff Performing Arts Fringe Festival in 2010, I’ve invited witnesses to share what the piece brings up for them. I was honored when Marjorie agreed to facilitate the interactive portion using her skill as an improvisational conductor. For participants, this particular show will offer a very special and unique opportunity to work both with the material and with Marjorie.”
Dr. Marjorie Timms will utilize her experience as director and theater conductor to facilitate participant’s improvisational reactions to the show. Timms said: “For my part in this shared informance/experiential session as an Improvisational Conductor, I’d like to invite participants to explore, both literally and vicariously, the ways in which Pash’s passionate authenticity and artful portrayal inspires us to relate to our own bodies, our own feelings, our interpretations of life experiences, and the lessons embedded in re-awakening our ‘Parts.’”
Timms said: “By deeply listening to our own and others’ words , sounds, and mindful actions, we become empowered to experience a quality of self-expression that literally fires our imagination. Then, by witnessing the actions of others, and creating a concert of voices and movement, we can experience our connection to ourselves, to each other, and to all of life– perhaps in some new way.”
Timms received an undergraduate and Masters degrees in Acting/Directing from NorthWestern and West Virginia Universities, followed by years of directing and teaching improvisational story theatre, creative drama and traditional forms of theatre throughout the United States. Her work in group process and action methods in creative and expressive arts grew out of a tradition of theatre improvisation, voice/moment and classic styles of drama discovered as a student at Northwestern University, with the trickle-down comedic influences of 2nd City Chicago combined with research in symbolic imagery in literature with Lilla Heston and Charlotte Lee. She studied the influences of Jacob Moreno, Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas and others who combined story/theatre, music and psychodrama with the immediacy and experimentation of the Poor Theatre/Living Theatre tradition, bringing in narrative structure through the Yale approach to story building. In doing so, she found an affinity with Playback Theatre and other improvisational forms and ideas suggested in the work of Virginia Satir, Carl Jung, Marshall Rosenberg and Joseph Campbell, working with the symbolic aspects underlying the mystical connection of actor-actor/actor-audience.
Timms current work focuses on her conception of Mindful Improvisation, a process she has been invited to share in a month-long residency in Sedona, Phoenix, and Tucson, from January 8-February 5 of this year. To reserve space in her various sessions, call (828) 707-1113 or request a schedule of available workshops and sessions at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also available to individuals, couples, groups and businesses seeking support in developing Conscious Communication interpersonal skills.
Galbavy is an expressive artist, contact improvisational dancer, author, and artists’ model. She has an MA in Communication Studies. She is the recipient of numerous artist grants including several from the Arizona Commission of the Arts and two from the City of Sedona. Pash has performed at numerous festivals, and public and private events in the US and Australia.
The Body Reclamation Project and an Experiential Improvisational Theater Session will be presented on Sunday, January 13th in the Si Birch Room of the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona. Tickets are sliding scale, $25 – $50 at the door starting at 12:30 PM. Please make advance reservations as seating is limited.
For reservations and information, contact 928 284-4021, email@example.com, or see www.unmaskit.com.