Back To Schedule
Thursday, March 26 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Workshop: Creating Place: A Multi-sensory Exploration of Space and Environment LIMITED

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Limited Capacity seats available


In this 2-hour workshop facilitated by dance artists Mary Fitzgerald and Jessica Rajko, participants will engage in various movement activities using the environment and natural surroundings as an impulse for creativity and trans-disciplinary composition. We will explore a multi-sensory approach to the creative process that draws upon sight, sound, proprioception, and touch to examine our relationship to the urban desert. Throughout this experience we will consider the following questions: How do we observe, engage with and draw inspiration from our surroundings? How do we compose place-based work that is reflective of and sensitive to that place? How does place influence an experience? How is place a multi-sensory experience?

Participants who take this workshop will come away with methods for:

  1. Engaging place as part of the creative process
  2. Developing new content inspired by urban desert environments
  3. Creating site-specific and site-adaptive work from a movement-based perspective
  4. Facilitating work in the area of creative placemaking.


5-5:20 pm: Brief introduction to the facilitators and discussion about current site dance practices and multi-sensory approaches to place-inspired composition

5:20-5:30 pm: Simple movement warm-up (no prior experience necessary)

5:30-6:15 pm: Experiential exploration of site, involving simple movement activities that “document” the environment through the filter of particular senses; this process will serve as the impetus for creating short compositions with partners

6:15-6:45 pm: Brief sharing of work

6:45-7:00 pm: Closing discussion about questions that emerge and possible applications of this process to other disciplines


No fee is required to participate in this workshop.

Please register by emailing Mary Fitzgerald  or Jessica Rajko byMarch 25, 2015.


Mary Fitzgerald

Mary Fitzgerald is a dance artist and educator whose creative work includes choreography (with and without interactive media), socially engaged arts practices, and dance film. She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally... Read More →

Jessica Rajko

Jessica Rajko is an interdisciplinary artist whose work integrates dance-based movement practices with interaction design. She has collaborated with artists such as Mary Fitzgerald, David Therrien and Casey Farina, and performed in work by Ashleigh Leite, Nora Chipaumire and Charlotte... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm MST
Nelson Plaza 51 East 10th Street Tempe, AZ

Attendees (0)