Bodystories with Shana Tucker and Murielle Elizéon

The words "Body Stories" painted on an orange background layered on top of photos of dancer Murielle Elizéon and cellist Shana Tucker

A Restorative Storytelling and Movement Workshop Series
for NC State students + community members
FREE
February & March 2021 (see specific dates and times below)

This year, NC State LIVE is working with local performing artists to design workshops rooted in social justice. Join choreographer and community organizer Murielle Elizéon and cellist and educator Shana Tucker for a series of storytelling workshops for NC State students and members of the surrounding community to come together – in a healing digital space – to explore your own stories.

There are 2 ways to experience Bodystories: Participate in the restorative workshops on March 16 and 20 OR be an audience member for the final session, a Work-in-Progress Showing with Murielle and Shana on March 20 at 6pm!

The Bodystories workshops are rooted in the idea that our individual, communal, and generational stories live in our body and that the body is the place to start to reclaim those stories. Over the course of these interactive workshops, you will explore your sense of identity and your capacity for resilience through non-judgmental movement and writing exercises.

The workshops will offer the participants a brave space to experience a shared sense of humanity through witnessing the diversity of the experience of our bodies. A space where you can explore your own experiences around the notion of race, place, and belonging through your body – beyond language, narratives, assumptions, and stereotypes.

The workshop series will run throughout Black History Month and Womxn’s Herstory Month and will celebrate both. The final session of the workshop series will include a live Work-in-Progress Performance on March 20 at 6pm with Murielle and Shana inspired by your stories.

NC State LIVE is strongly committed to making our programming accessible to people of all abilities. The Bodystories workshop series is open to every body. No dance or music experience required. All abilities welcome. If you have a specific accommodation request, please let us know on the sign-up form or contact Liza Green at Lwgreen@ncsu.edu.

WORKSHOP DATES

The Bodystories workshops will be offered in two tracks to accommodate different student schedules. The workshops, facilitated via Zoom, will build on one another, so it is ideal to experience the full track. Participants in both tracks will come together in the 2nd session and showing. Please sign up for Track B by March 16, 2021 at noon.

TRACK A

  • Saturday, February 13 (1-3pm): INTRO TO BODYSTORIES
  • Saturday, March 20 (3-5pm + 6-7:15pm): BODYSTORIES SESSION 2 + SHANA & MURIELLE’S SHOWING & CONVERSATION

TRACK B

  • Tuesday, March 16 (5:30-7:30pm): INTRO TO BODYSTORIES
  • Saturday, March 20 (3-5pm + 6-7:15pm): BODYSTORIES SESSION 2 + SHANA & MURIELLE’S SHOWING & CONVERSATION

WHY SIGN UP?

Join us for Bodystories if:

  • You are feeling isolated and lonely due to COVID-19 restrictions;
  • You are feeling anxious or depressed as a result of the racial and/or political violence in our country;
  • You would like to meet other students and community members in a non-judgmental environment;
  • You want to collaborate with and learn from professional artists;
  • You are looking to add some creativity into your life;
  • You may be a dancer or former dancer looking for a way to access a more personal way to create movement;
  • You are curious about new ways of communicating and telling your story.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher, and co-founder of Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, NC. She has toured internationally as a dancer, performer, and choreographer with various dance companies in France (Thomas Lebrun), Switzerland (Joachim Schlömer), Denmark (Soren Sundby, Palle Granhoj), and Germany ( PVC-Tanz, Euhn-Me Ahn). She has also collaborated with theater directors such as Robert Wilson, Tom Schneider and Anna Mac Cracken. As a movement artist, she is interested in the ever-evolving condition of the body and the complexity of human experience, as well as in the creation of diverse temporary communities.

Murielle believes in the importance of movement practice and creative process in education, and is leading Culture Mill’s unique program for an embodied Arts Education in public schools. She is a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher, having taught for 20 years in France, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia and the US, for a diverse public (Professionals dancers and actors, Seniors, children with SpecialsNeeds). Murielle leads classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease in Durham, through a partnership with the American Dance Festival. She holds a BA in Dance education from RIDC, Paris, France.

Murielle has also danced, taught and performed Argentine Tango for more than 10 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.

Shana Tucker: Cellist. Singer-Songwriter. Arts Advocate. Teaching Artist. Collaborator. Cultural Conduit. In each role, Shana Tucker is a builder-of-connections, whether she’s associating STEM concepts with backbeats or engaging a packed house through candid song-storytelling in performance.

A Long Island, NY native, Shana studied cello at Howard University in Washington, DC, where she took her first dive into improvisational performance and honed her singer-songwriting skills. She later received her degree in Violoncello Performance from CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with master cellist Marion Feldman. Shortly after the release of her debut CD, SHiNE in 2011, Cirque du Soleil recruiters heard an NPR interview with Shana about her ChamberSoul songwriting and performance style, they invited her to be cellist/vocalist for their show, KÀ in Las Vegas, where she performed for five years before returning to North Carolina.

A sought-after collaborator, Shana performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange and countless others. Recent North Carolina collaborations include performing a cello/vocal duet with soprano Andrea Edith Moore for Singing on the Land, a project presented by the NC Department of Cultural Resources and Come Hear NC that coordinates musicians to perform acoustically at historic sites across the state; They Are All, an exploration of living with Parkinson’s Disease, presented at American Dance Festival 2019 with Culture Mill choreographers Murielle Elizeon and Tommy Noonan; Continuing To Tell, a multidisciplinary public-space performance presented by Proxemic Media that highlights the history of Civil Rights in Durham, NC; and Kamara Thomas’ Country Soul Songbook series, also featuring Rissi Palmer, Kym Register and Phil Cook. 

A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is an accomplished teaching artist, with over 20 years’ experience with community engagement, workshops, lesson planning and artist residency facilitation. Working with students from Pre-K through college and lifelong learners, Shana is currently an Artist Fellow with A+ Schools of North Carolina, a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County and Durham Arts Council, and has been a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 2015.

QUESTIONS? Contact Liza Green, associate director at NC State LIVE, Lwgreen@ncsu.edu

This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.