Artistry and cultural literacy advisor Chelsea Gregory is blowing our collective mind, body and soul!

Our first artistic and cultural literacy advisor to the Race Circus Project, Chelsea Gregory, has joined us for four intensive sessions to help us develop and practice a community engaged circus methodology that is steeped in the wisdom of our forerunners in the field of performance arts for social change. Yeeeeehaw!!!! 😀

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Chelsea Gregory is a movement theater artist, cultural organizer and arts educator originally from Atlanta, GA. She is currently on tour with Cornerstone Theater Company’s “California: The Tempest,” a community-engaged adaptation of Shakespeare’s play that addresses issues such as food equity, immigration reform, climate change and the prison industry. Other recent performances include “Mapa Corpo” with Guillermo Goméz-Peña, opening for the internationally acclaimed musical group Rising Appalachia, and a performance piece called “Body Stories” based on the research of somatic psychologists on how experiences of oppression impact the body.

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Her original work has been presented at venues such as The Culture Project, LaMama ETC, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The Living Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; the LA Women’s Theater Festival in Los Angeles; La Pena Cultural Center in the Bay Area; and 7 Stages in Atlanta, GA. Her solo performance piece “The 6 Project” integrates documentary theater, movement and poetry to explore how cultural identity shapes our point of view. She has toured the piece to 12 US cities with performances, workshops and dialogues, engaging over 3000 people around racial justice and racial healing. From 2006-2011, she performed for the tour of Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda’s co-production “We Got Issues!” and worked as a choreographer with Cornerstone Theater Company’s Summer Institute, Yadira De La Riva’s “One Journey” and several other theatrical productions. Her directing credits include “Dance Me Free,” a play devised with Bristol Riverside Theater’s Teen Company exploring the transformative power of dance, “Future Academy” for Queens Theater in the Park’s youth theater festival, as well as Girls for Gender Equity’s “Yo Shorty,” a performance piece about the safety of young women’s bodies in the New York City Public Schools.

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Ms. Gregory’s poetry is published in anthologies such as The Charis Review, Steve Cannon’s “Gathering of the Tribes” and “We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life.” She also contributed a chapter to Jlove Calderon’s book “Occupying Privilege,” discussing performance as a vehicle for racial justice and healing. As a dancer she has performed with Movement for the Urban Village, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Beacon Dance Company and Ned Williams Dunham Dance Company, and has studied with The Limón Institute, Urban Bush Women, Boston Ballet and Baba Richard Gonzales. She received her B.A. in “Community Empowerment and Creative Culture” from New York University, and her M.F.A. in “Theatre and Contemporary Performance” from Naropa University.

WE ARE SO SO LUCKY TO HAVE HER!!!

About MakeShift Circus Collective

MakeShift Circus Collective utilizes the inviting language of circus to present and inspire dialogue around social issues. We work to open spaces in which heart-centered sharing and exploration are the basis from which we create art that reflects the challenges that our society faces. We believe that by presenting the products of our explorations in widely accessible space, we can affect positive developments in our community and significant social transformation.

Posted on January 6, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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