Chrysa Parkinson

WinLab 2017 | 4 - 8 December, 11am - 5pm | Roles and Materials / Glitches and Ghosts

What are the roles and materials performers create when working between how they are seen and how they see? And between how they sense and how they make sense? Performers can be inscribed and informed by both context and content. They can be re-formedand de-formed by the roles they take and the materials they make. There’s a double pressure that forms a border realm between the inside-out and the outside-in. What qualities does that border realm need for the performer to scale, experiment, comprehend, constitute and author their own experience? What traces are left when the role is over and the materials no longer in use? Who do those traces belong to? How?

Physical performance practices and guided discussion will be used to consider the roles and materials of experiential authorship. Glitches, ghosts, empathy, abstraction, distraction and inscription are some of the many tools that will be welcome and in play during these five days.
This workshop is geared toward performers.


Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Stockholm, Sweden. She lived in New York for many years, performing with Tere O’Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, and others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with Boris Charmatz, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester. She has taught extensively in the US, Europe and Australia. Chrysa’s writing and films have been published and distributed internationally, and she created The Dancer as Agent Collection. She is the director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm and a professor of dance at Stockholm University of the Arts.

Chrysa Parkinson