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Over the last few months, the majority of my studio practice has been dedicated to a series of masks I have been making from found fabric. In tandem with the masks, I have been putting together an experimental movement workshop I am calling Temenos. Temenos is a Greek word that refers to a sacred, or a protected space.
My intention for the workshop is to lead people through very simple movements as a group, encouraging them to explore sensation, and consider ways of using our bodies that we rarely utilize in day to day life. Eventually, this leads to dance, but the purpose of the dance is an internal experience rather than a performance. The masks are meant to make people feel safe, slightly anonymous, and to help people take themselves less seriously.
Last week, I led two workshops. One was held for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kansas City. The other was held in the dance studio of the Charlotte Street Studios open to the public. Both were amazing, unexpected, and inspiring.
Here’s a few pictures taken by Jennifer Wetzel of Temenos for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The next workshop will be held at 2pm on April 22nd at The Drugstore at 3948 Main St, Kansas City, MO as a part of Olivia Clanton’s Collective Toolbox. This workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, you can check out my website: monicajdixon.com/temenos
I am now working on a sculptural installation involving the masks that will be part of the upcoming exhibition at the Paragraph Gallery curated by Mat Grenier which will open April 6. Hope to see you then.