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Immersive Performance: Empathy, Trust, and the Nervous System
Thymele Arts
Los Angeles, CA
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Immersive Performance: Empathy, Trust, and the Nervous System
Immersive Performance: Empathy, Trust & the Nervous System : With NYC Teaching Artists, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tara O'Con
Fri Dec 14 7-10pm
Sat Dec 15 10-5pm
Sun Dec 16 10-5pm

$300 (discounted thru Oct 15)
$350 (as of Oct 16)
*no refunds *full series participation is required

Both veteran collaborating artists with Third Rail Projects, Marissa and Tara's work with the company is deeply influenced by their respective understanding and ongoing research into the nuances of the human experience inside of immersive settings where anything can and does happen and the dynamics of basic human interaction and responsiveness are continually at play. Drawing upon the fundamental building blocks of how we engage with each other through acts of deep listening, holding space, presence, and shared vulnerability, participants will take a deep-dive into what it means to build genuine pathways of connection and transformation from both the P.O.V of the audience, the performer, and the director.

Over three days we will move through somatic explorations of the nervous system; exploring how we take in, process, and interpret an experience and how this very individual process impacts an immersive encounter. We will unpack how to navigate performance interaction, conversation, communication of boundaries, sharing tasks, and sharing space, in relationship to how we observe, honor, and embody our experience and the experience of those around us. Participants will be able to expand their viewpoints on the performer/audience relationship and have the opportunity to experiment with applying their findings to their own work.
* A dance or theater background is not required, but a willingness to move and explore is a requisite.

Marissa Nielsen-Pincus is a performing artist, teacher, founding member and Associate Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance and theater, based in New York City.  Since 2001 she has been a collaborating artist on TRPs work including Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, Ghost Light and Behind The City.  In addition to performing, Marissa has assistant directed and lead the rehearsal directing teams for Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, as well as being a member of the directing team for Learning Curve,TRPs collaboration with the Chicago youth theater company, Albany Park Theater Project. This year, she was the recipient of the Back Apartment Residency Fellowship from CEC ArtsLink in St Petersburg, Russia. Marissa teaches immersive performance skills and somatic explorations regularly in NYC, as well as nationally and internationally.  She is a certified Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and her teaching and performance practice is deeply influenced by this work.

Tara OCon is an experiential artist, designer, and Certified Professional Coach specializing in immersive theater, user experience and coaching for transformation; helping people tap into their own unique power in order to live there most authentic, impactful, autommous lives. She is a long-time collaborative member of Third Rail Projects- hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance and theater. She originated roles in the long-running immersive hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, and was part of the creative cast for their Off-Broadway production of Ghost Light. As a teaching artist for the company and independently, she specializes in bringing interactive performance skills into many different applications from performance, to brand activation, and interactive installations. Her own choreographic work has been commissioned by several theaters in NYC. She has also been an Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research and a Choreographic Fellow at the Bogliasco Study Center in Liguria, Italy.


Thymele Arts (View)
4414 Brunswick Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
United States




Owner: LEIA Education Committee
On BPT Since: Apr 22, 2018
Matthew Bamberg-Johnson

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