Personal Narrative Movement Workshop



Northampton Community Arts Trust (33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060)

Sunday, May 22, 2022


In Person in the Workroom Studio Theater at 33 Hawley St. Proof of vaccination and masks required at SCDT.

Fee: $60.00

In this workshop we will explore personal narratives through movement and story. Participants will be led through movement games, physical warm-ups, writing prompts, drawing, music & life mapping, all as tools to explore their unique experience and story. The workshop is designed to promote individual and collective health, well-being and agency through dance and creativity; rooting individuals into their own bodies while connecting them to each other. This workshop is geared to all bodies, no matter previous experience with movement. Required: a desire to share and connect in a respectful, safe environment.

Artist Bios:

Sayer Mansfield is a movement artist, performer, healer and teacher. She has been dancing professionally for the last decade with contemporary companies Pilobolus Dance Theater (NYC) and Compagnie Marié Chouinard (Montréal, QC.) Sayer graduated Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in dance and a minor is psychology. Beyond Tisch, she received her classical training from The Royal Academy of Dance, Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet and continued her contemporary training abroad at Laban (London, UK) and The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Austria.) Sayer has been an adjunct faculty member and guest artist at Jacob’s Pillow, Phillips Academy Andover and Roger Williams University. She is a 500hr certified yoga teacher and has a private practice as a well-being coach and mentor. Sayer works independently as a choreographer and has presented her work in New York City, Montreal and The Berkshires.

Judith Wombwell has been leading groups of movers for over forty years. Originally from Memphis, Tn she choreographed for Ballet Memphis, and started Project: Motion with Ann Halligan Donahue. Project: Motion continues as a dance collective today. She has created choreography for several dance companies including her own DeadFall Dance and was awarded the Mass Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship in 2011. She is currently on a sabbatical from her teaching position at Phillips Academy in Andover, where she ran the dance program for over twenty years. Wombwell is interested in working with all ages, abilities, and identities in building community through movement and creative practices.