Education and Workshops

On the Nature and Form of Autobiographical Work

To register call/ Para matricularse llamar al (212) 505-1808

  • Explore the art of performance through creative movement and writing/ Explora el arte del performance a través de la creatividad en movimiento y la escritura.
  • Develop your own short performance piece/ Desarrolla tu pieza de performance corta.
  • Complimentary study material will be provided/ Se proveerá material de estudio complementario.
  • Bilingual Spanish and English/ Biligüe inglés y español.

The purpose of this workshop is to offer the student/artist a total immersion opportunity to explore the self in order to create art based on autobiographical material. It is an experiment in search of a voice—a unique voice!—through body, mind, and spirit.

During the four weeks of the workshop, we will delve into the necessary tools to experiment the process through discussions, improvisational movement and vocal expression, and writing. The materials gathered during the sessions will be reviewed and developed privately during the week.

Students will be expected to keep a journal to register dreams, and to do short writing exercises everyday. They will have a reading list and art exhibits to visit and/or movies to watch.

We will start the workshop with a discussion of the following:

  • Who are you?
  • What is autobiography?
  • How do we transform autobiography into art?
  • What is true and what is not?
  • Where is the balance between fiction and “real life”?
  • Where does the need to express your personal life comes from?
  • What is behind "show don’t tell"

The student/artist will show the development of his/her own materials every week as part of the whole group discussion. The workshop will culminate with a collective show on the last day of the workshop.

Saturdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 Teatro Círculo, 64 E, 4th St. 3rd Floor Time: 12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m Cos $100.00 (12 hrs.).

Eva Gasteazoro

Is a performance artist, writer, translator, and teacher — originally from Nicaragua — living in NYC since 1983. Since coming to New York, her theater work has been presented at the Manhattan Theater Club, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Whitney Museum, the Public Theater, and numerous other venues in NYC. Dance Theater Workshop's Suitcase Fund produced her work internationally and throughout the U.S.

Her theater work has been published in Spanish in "Carátula" (2009 and 2013) Revista Cultural Centroamericana, www.caratula.net/Archivo, and "Imanhattan", a literary magazine from New York University. Gasteazoro’s theater work, Amor de mis Amores, was anthologized in Action THE NUYORICAN POETS CAFE THEATER FESTIVAL (Simon & Schuster, 1997).

Eva Gasteazoro is the translator into Spanish of Jack Gilbert’s poetry: El dialecto olvidado del corazón (The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart), a book published by DíazGrey Editores in NY, in January, 2014. All these years, while creating her work, Gasteazoro has worked as a writer, translator, and editor in the publishing industry in the U.S. From 1990–1995, during Violeta Chamorro’s Government, she was appointed First Secretary at the Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations, where she was a delegate of Nicaragua to various Committees at the UN and at International Conferences.

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