NY Master Instructor Joe Williams host Delsarte weekend workshop

Staff Writer
Perry Chief
NY Master Instructor Joe Williams host Delsarte weekend workshop

AMES, Iowa — The Workspace is hosting New York Master Instructor Joe Williams for a weekend of Delsarte workshops Oct. 10 and 11 in the Pioneer Room at the Memorial Union. Developed 150 years ago by Francois Delsarte, this system is a powerful force in our understanding of human movement and expression.

Yoga for EveryBODY Workshop

See how balance and thoughtful weight distribution can bring out effective stretching in some of the easiest standing poses. If you are an instructor, this class can be eye opening, with new techniques and ideas for students. As long as you can stand with or without holding onto a chair for support, this class is for you.

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.; ISU $8/Public $10

Meaning in Body Language Workshop

An introduction to the most basic elements of body language through the Delsarte System of Expression. Developed 150 years ago, Delsarte is a powerful force in our understanding of human movement and expression. The Three Pillars Approach will reveal how your own movement patterns may be limiting the expressive use of your entire body. This is applicable not only to performance, but to all the arts, to business, communications, psychology or any individual who would like to benefit from more knowledge of the self. This class is a prerequisite for participation in other weekend workshops.

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. - noon; ISU $15/Public $20

Q&A with Joe Williams

Bring your lunch or purchase something in the MU Food Court and join Joe in the Trophy Tavern in the MU Commons for a Q&A session. Free and open to anyone registered for a workshop with Joe over the weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 12:30 - 1 p.m. or Sunday, Oct. 11 from 12 - 12:30 p.m.

Expression in Arms & Hands

From graceful to powerful, to profoundly nuanced expression, see how you can empower your art and communication. Your arms and hands are a universe of every emotion and human feeling. Learn the fundamental expressive movements, symbolism and how to use them as a master artist to construct your choreographies.

Saturday, October 10 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; ISU $15/Public $20

Use Your Face!

Study the symbolism of eyes, brows, nose, lips as well as the basic positions and tilts of the head. Honest communication begins in the eyes and face, and radiates out into the body, so developing a responsive and expressive face is essential for achieving one’s goals as an artist or communicator.

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 4-5 p.m.; ISU $8/Public $10

Pin Up Poses in Motion

Study how to construct timeless images that have delighted and inspired desire for centuries. Learn how subtle shifts of balance and gesture can raise the level of your movement to iconic power. The difference between an entertainer and a star or icon is often just a half-inch shift of movement!

Sunday, October 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; ISU $15/Public $20

Performing with Props

Learn how to use the zones and laws of gesture in your handling of an object in order to give it meaning. This will allow you to see how both the way we hold props, and where we move them, give meaning to the prop or communicate relationship to our audience.

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 1-3pm; ISU $15/Public $20

Claim Your Space

Principles that guide the size of movement, when coupled with the principles of shape, direction and speed of movement, give us tools for moving through space on stage. Choreography and scene direction can be easier and very deeply informed by this class.

Sunday, Oct. 11 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; ISU $15/Public $20

New York artist Joe Williams was on the movement faculty for the Dalcroze Institute at Juilliard, where he taught students of theater, music and dance from around the world. His classes are received with acclaim by artists as they discover how relevant and powerful Delsarte’s work is in today’s world.

Dancers receive a powerful tool for understanding choreography and styles and for creating dance.

Actors awaken the unconscious power of the body for expressing creativity and responding to other actors.

Singers empower gesture to reveal depth and subtext.

Yogis learn the tangible side of the normally esoteric “body, mind, spirit” trinity.

Artists find universal tools for recreating emotion and expression in their medium.

For more information about Delsarte visit www.delsarteproject.com.

Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.midwestix.com.

For more information visit www.workspace.mu.iastate.edu