Shawn Rawls is a dance educator and performer and Founder and Artistic Director of Emotions Physical Theatre, a national touring dance company. Through his company, Shawn works with the DEA to create shows and teach residencies high quality dance presentations with anti-drug messages for at-risk kids. During his youth in Cleveland, OH, Shawn studied martial arts and street dance leading him to studies at the Cleveland School of the Arts, dancing with U.D.C. (Urban Dance Collective) and Y.A.R.D (Youth At Risk Dancing), an award-winning program helping youths develop an artistic voice. These early youth company experiences provided training with Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He received a full scholarship in dance to pursue a BFA in performance and choreography from Belhaven University. As a performer, Shawn has worked with numerous companies such as Pilobolus, Roxey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Tygo Ballets, Son Kiss'd Hip Hop Contemporary, Ad Deum, Culture Shock, and the Aluminum Show. He has been commissioned to create work on Dancing Wheels and Roxey Ballet along with numerous choreography commissions for colleges and student training programs. His work has been seen in NYC 10 Festival, the Houston Fringe Festival, and the Moving Beauty Series. Shawn has also been teaching dance for over thirteen years at numerous dance schools, training programs and in the Newark, NJ Public School System.
Posted: August 10, 2022Communication through Physical TheatreFree Workshop and Performance with Shawn RawlsFor ages 18 & Up (space is limited & registration is required)Workshop: Friday, Sep. 16 & Saturday. Sep. 17: 5:00-8:00pmPerformance/Filming: Sunday, Sep. 18 at 2:00pmIn this workshop, we will use elements of physical theater as a tool to improve communication and interpersonal relationships. Participants will explore internal emotions as the springboard for artistic creation. To share perspective and invoke empathy. Participants will learn various tools of physical theatre as well as methods for connecting emotions and their bodies. Through the workshop, 20 mins of work of live performance will be created.
Virtual Artist Talkwith Kris Campbell & Leslie Fandrich
Thursday, September 24 at 4:00pm
Free of chargeIn celebration of the year of the women's movement, join RoCA on Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4:00pm for a free virtual discussion on two exhibits by women. Each explores how women are seen and perceived: LOOK AT ME: Works by Kris Campbell and THE FEMININE PERCEPTION: Beauty and Nonsense, Works by Leslie Fandrich.Kris Campbell takes a delicate, nominal craft, and, using yarn on mesh screens assembles large works that take up space and demand to be seen. Her exhibit asks the viewer to go beyond judgment to become aware of what is seen, how something is seen, while actively engaging in the experience of the outward — and inward — gaze. All the artworks are of women: some confront us, some accept, and some beckon to us to suspend judgment and look within.Leslie Fandrich tells stories of the feminine deploying collage, by drawing connections to the female body and ways in which women are viewed – or not viewed – in today's society and the media. Her modern and timeless work explores the ways in which our visual language has provided a disservice to more than half the human population. Her intent is to question and transform the way women are respected in our culture and reflected in our media.Join us for a discussion with the artists as they share their inspirations, intents, and ask the questions: What do women need to do to hold power? How do powerful women make others feel? How does feminism intersect with racism, gender roles, and other forms of oppression? How do women increase their value in a society that frequently de-values them? How do we perceive gender?Exhibits on view through October 3, by appointment.To register and receive Zoom information for this program,call (845) 358-0877.