(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre is offering its ninth annual East Meets West theater workshop series for teens and adults this August. Taught by actress and performance artist Lanny Harrison, the workshop will be held on four Thursdays: August 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 7–9 PM, off-site at the instructor’s East Meredith barn studio. The workshop fee is $60 ($45 for WKC members). Individual sessions are $15. For more information and directions to Lanny’s Barn, call (607) 278-5454.
In these playful sessions, participants will discover some of the myriad characters that dwell within. Through exercises that emphasize imagination, improvisation, and transformation, Lanny will lead the group on a voyage of theatrical exploration and contemplative practice. Music, live or chosen from an eclectic sound library, will be an integral part of each evening. No prior experience in theater or dance is required—just an open mind & a body wearing comfortable clothes.
Performer, poet, teacher, visual artist, Lanny Harrison began her career in Moni Yakim’s New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. For the past 45 years, she has written and presented one-woman shows & duets touring America and Europe. She’s collaborated with musicians and theater folk, including the late Collin Walcott, Lily Pink, Steve Clorfeine, Terre Roche, and Jay Clayton. Since 1969, she has been a member of Meredith Monk’s House Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Harrison is presently working on a new show in collaboration with percussionist Robin Daniels & photographer Christine Alicino. She is a founding teacher at The West Kortright Centre, and teaches an ongoing workshop at the New York Shambhala Center and a class every spring semester at NYU’s Gallatin Division. She is a certified meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Lanny has taught theater workshops for The West Kortright Centre regularly since 1977.