About Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS)

CLAWS is  a laboratory where we can:

  • experiment with new forms of collaboration using writing, theater and movement arts.
  • explore how race, class and gender oppression can be resisted and transformed.
  • work with one another inside and outside of sessions to create performance, story, and movement that can energize and liberate—personally and socially.
  • create a community of reflection, performance and action.

We started the series in the Fall of 2016 with a Theater of the Oppressed series facilitated by Jiwon Chung where about 25 different people used movement and theater to explore personal perspectives on gender privilege, sexual exploitation, trust and other themes that arose from the group. In spring 2017, we continued this investigation with a series entitled Movement Metamorphosis facilitated by Mirjam Krohne using Biodanza to unfold the liberatory and transformative powers within us. In the fall of 2017 we are running an expanded schedule of workshops and performances including a Theater Intensive Oct 15-16 and a 10 week collaborative workshop and performance series Kindred Voices, Oct - Dec..

Collaborating Artists

Project Director Jess Clarke has been creating storytelling and theater productions for over 25 years. Currently, the project director at Reimagine!, Jess is adept at bringing together artistic collaborations in underserved neighborhoods in a way that builds community and lifts up voices and stories that often go unheard.  Jess was a lead organizer in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, organizing workshops, spoken word performances, plays, concerts and dance performances with St Anthony Foundation, St. Boniface Church, and with the San Francisco Art Commission Market Street Art in Transit program.  Jess also served as the writer-in-residence for Poets & Writers Inc. at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library. Jess has been a featured performer at the Marsh Theater, Monkey House Theater, Story Slam Oakland, Southern Exposure Art Gallery and community venues such as YMCA, Glide Church, Hospitality House.  Jess’ current performance pieces focus on tales of the Irish diaspora, queer parenting, and the fusion of movement and spoken word.

Associate Director Angela Urata is a dancer, writer and storyteller.  She performed in Judith Kajiwara's Moon Hides Behind Clouds. Enter the Stillness and helped to choreograph Shedding Skin, an evening of butoh dance.  She collaborated with Bonnie Lee-Kwong in the multi-media performance, Loiter.  She is a member of the Interplay-based Performance company, WING IT!  As a certified yoga instructor, she teaches yoga at a Japanese American senior center, as well as serving on its board.   She serves on the board of the Oakland Peace Center, a network of nonprofits, community organizations, activists and artists working to create a culture of peace in Oakland and beyond. Angela is a collaborating articst in the 2017 Kindred Voices series.

Facilitator Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He teaches at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater School. The focus of his work is in the application of theatre as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

Facilitator Mirjam Krohne graduated in 2012 from the SF school of Biodanza and has been facilitating Biodanza ever since. She creates customized classes for adults as well as youth, children and families. She was a facilitating artist from the Spring 2017 Metamorphosis series and is a collaborating articst in the 2017 Kindred Voices series.

Fall 2017 Collaborating Artists: Danielle Ancin, Jess Clarke, Ann Marie Davis, Nik Kurtz, Mirjam Krohne, Angela Urata,

2019 Theater of the Oppressed Workshop Survey

Reimagine! is pleased to support this independently organized Theater of the Oppressed workshop series and invites our members to participate!

Sliding Scale Donations

Use this button to make a sliding scale donation of any amount. Indicate the reason for the contribution in the text box on checkout. Whatever the reason for your donation, you can pick up the latest issue of  RP&E's beautiful book-length print collections at an event or workshop for an additional donation of just $15. Pre-registered participants can also bring cash or check to the first session of a workshop.

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Raimagine!

CLAWS Past workshops and performances

September, 2016

Dear friends of RP&E and Reimagine! community members,

Hope you can join me in creating a new project we’re calling Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS). Jiwon Chung is kicking off the series with three workships in theater of the oppressed. (See bio below.) Future sessions in writing, movement, dance, capoeira, voice, and photography are in the planning and brainstorming stages.

Our new workshop series in Oakland aims to create a laboratory where we can:

  • experiment with new forms of collaboration using writing, theater and movement arts.
  • explore how experiences of race, class and gender oppression can be resisted and transformed.
  • work with one another inside and outside of sessions to create performance, story, and movement that can energize and liberate—personally and socially.
  • create a community of reflection, performance and action.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. PLEASE USE GOOGLE DOCS FORM BELOW
If for some reason that form is not visible in your browser etc you can print out the pdf or this page and mail it to Reimagine! 436 14th St. #500 Oakland, CA 94612 or email a filled in pdf (Download/View PDF) to reimaginerpe@gmail.com.

Onward!
Jess Clarke
Project Director /Editor

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Fall 2016 Theater of the Oppressed (Registration)

Theater of the Oppressed Workshop
Three Saturdays, 12-3 pm •
Oct. 22, 29 and Nov. 5

268 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 • Facilitated by Jiwon Chung

Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theatre of the Oppressed. He teaches at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater School.  The focus of his work is in the application of theatre as a tool for social and political change, using Theatre of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

 

Kindred Voices Workshop Pre-Registration

Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS) will be creating and rehearsing an exciting fusion of storytelling, theater and dance, exploring ancestry and migration in a work provisionally titled Kindred Voices.

The proposed starting point will center on the theme of connection and separation of kindred peoples. Using scripted stories, individual and collective improvisations, movement scores, and choreography collaborating artists will present stories and dances dealing with ancestors and migration. Individual creations will be presented and workshopped into a mosaic of thematically related pieces via feedback and responsive improvisation. As the season progresses we will stage open rehearsals with lab participants and other performers, culminating in a Dec, 16 presentation of the created work. Collaboration will continue with the aim of bringing the works-in-progress to finished form for presentation at theater and community-based venues in 2018.

The fall season will have 5 phases.   

ORGANIZATION — OCT. 1  Collaborating artists will present their work, discuss specific proposals and share visions of where this sort of collaboration might lead..      

INSPIRATION — OCT. 14 & 15 — Jiwon Chung will facilitate a two-day intensive open to the community using Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater.  

CREATION — OCT. 21 THRU NOV 19  Collaborative members and guest artists present and shape new work.   

REHEARSAL — DEC. 3 & 10 Lab participants and other performers shape pieces for public performance.   

PRESENTATION — DEC 16 The public is invited to see and participate in the work-in-progress.

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Kindred Voices — CLAWS 2017 series of storytelling theater and dance workshps start October 1

Spring 2017-Movement Metamorphosis {Registration)

(CLAWS) Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series 
Spring Session:

Movement Metamorphosis  

a 5-week workshop series using movement and dance to open to change from within.

Biodanza facilitated by Mirjam Krohne
Five Saturdays,  April 22 — May 20, 2017

12-2 pm

Studio FAB 2525 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

CLAWS is a workshop series in Oakland that aims to create a laboratory where we can:

  • experiment with new forms of collaboration using writing, theater and movement arts.
  • explore how race, class and gender oppression can be resisted and transformed.
  • work with one another inside and outside of sessions to create performance, story, and movement that can energize and liberate—personally and socially.
  • create a community of reflection, performance and action.

Biodanza is a radical worldwide system that wakens our potential to live life fully.
It does this by playfully unblocking five human potentials: vitality, sexuality, affection, creativity, and transcendence. Through facilitated exercises in authentic movement, music, and touch., Biodanza uses the collective power of the group to create an environment where we can safely explore expanding our boundaries in a community of co-creators 

Mirjam Krohne graduated in 2012 from the SF school of Biodanza and has been facilitating Biodanza ever since. She creates customized classes for adults as well as youth, children and families.

Sliding-scale, cash or check registration.

 

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Movement Metamorphosis - a 5-week workshop series using movement and dance to open to change from within. April 22- May 20, 12-2pm

Theater Intensive: Oct 14-15, 2017

Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater

Saturday, October 14 — 2:00-6:00 pm 
(AND dinner 6:30 -8:30 after workshop)

Sunday, October 15 —  2:00-6:00 pm 

Spring Fall Studio, 2547 8th Street - Bay 2, Studio #20 Berkeley, CA 94710

This Theater Intensive will strengthen, broaden and inform our community of politically-minded artists. Using Forum, Image, Playback and other practices we will learn techniques to advance our individual and collective work. This weekend workshop is a part of the fall season of the Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS). Our collaborating artists will be creating and rehearsing an exciting fusion of storytelling, theater and dance, exploring ancestry and migration in a work provisionally titled Kindred Voices. (More info.) 

Facilitator Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theater of the Oppressed. He teaches at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater School.  The focus of his work is in the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theater of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and three decades of vipassana meditation.

Theater Intensive Payment Options
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REGISTER NOW! Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater Saturday, October 14 — 2:00-6:00 pm

CLAWS Works in Progress Show - Friday November 16, 7:30pm

Featuring stories, dance  and theater from:  Jess Clarke Kelly Curry Lana Dalberg Christine Joy Ferrer Las Malcriadas Ingrid Sato Samantha Stone Angela Urata  Friday 7:30 November 16, 2018 Temescal Art Center 511  48th Street Oakland  94609  Sponsored by the Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS) of Reimagine! Movements Making Media and Freedom Voices Press.

Featuring stories, dance and theater from:

Jess Clarke
Kelly Curry
Lana Dalberg
Christine Joy Ferrer
Las Malcriadas
Ingrid Sato
Samantha Stone
Angela Urata

Friday 7:30
November 16, 2018
Temescal Art Center
511  48th Street Oakland  94609

Sponsored by the Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series (CLAWS) of Reimagine! Movements Making Media and Freedom Voices Press.

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Featuring stories, dance and theater: Friday November 16, 2018. 7:30pm Temescal Art Center 511 48th Street Oakland 94609

Iran—Hope and Fear in Time of War

A theatrical Town Hall: Voices from the Iranian Community and Allies.

Central Stage, 5221 Central Ave, Richmond
Sunday, June 16th, 2:00-4:00pm

Kairos Theater Ensemble, in collaboration with Central Stage is hosting an interactive townhall and teach-in using theater (Playback Theater/Theater of the Oppressed) to lift up and explore the voices of the Iranian community, its community of allies, the stories and hopes of those who fear for war and hope for peace. 

After years of crippling sanctions against Iran, the US agreed to a nuclear deal, then suddenly withdrew from it. It now threatens outright war with Iran: ships, bombers, missiles, and troops have been sent into the region under pretext of a "threat", although Iran has never attacked a country in modern history.

Everyone is welcome:  we welcome all who would like to join the dialogue.

جنگ و صلح : بیم و امید
زمانه دشواری است. از طرفی سایه شوم جنگ برسر ایران است و از طرفی رژیم ایران کماکان مشغول سرکوب هر صدای مخالفی است. هم اکنون ارتش امریکا ناوگان های نظامی اش را به خلیج فارس برده و هر لحظه امکان درگرفتن جنگ وجود دارد. ایرانیان با احساسات مختلف و گاه متناقضی  به این تحولات می نگرند و می دانند که این جنگ می تواند به معنای پایان ایران باشد.  گروه نمایش کایروس درنظر دارد با تکنیک نمایش تعاملی پلی بک play back  این موقعیت پیچیده را با کمک تماشاگران به تصویر بکشد و بازتاب دهنده  داستان بیم ها و امیدها و خاطرات  تماشاگران از جنگ باشد.