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Cyphers & Ceremonies: A Heightened Embodiment
Boogiezone Utopia - Laboratory for the Creative Arts
Torrance, CA
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A cypher, despite all popular depictions, is, and always has been, rooted in the ceremonial. Taking the shape of the circle, the cypher offers co-creation through reciprocity, and the diversity of artists feeding off of one another's energy to further explore, expand, and create. As ceremony, the cypher has commonly been used to celebrate, to mourn, to learn, to defend, to challenge, and to empower-- all sacred rites that rely on collective voluntary exchange. Through popular depiction, the importance of the cypher has become hazy; the intentions behind the exchanges muddied.

This workshop will explore a heightened sense of cypher and ceremony to create an elevated approach of mindful and intentional practice when giving and receiving within community.

We will start with critical dialogue to create a foundational base of understanding, then move into embodied exercises, and then the cypher/ceremony- a culmination of movement, instrumentation, and sound that invites all forms of artistry in for participation and exchange.



NOELLE MARIE FALCIS is a creative and academic that has centered her life around the intersection of narrative and performative praxis with cultural theory. Most interested in re-memory, indigenization, and intergenerational language, she pursues storytelling through fictive writing and movement artistry. She uses these dual forms to better understand the diasporic, post-colonized life, and how it has affected her as a Filipina-American. Her fiction explores her heritage and both the desert and city landscapes in which she grew up. She has forthcoming work in anthologies Inlandia: On the Immigrant Experience and Shades of Prejudice: Personal Narratives by Asian American Women on Colorism in America. Her work has been published in Kartika Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Riksha Literary Magazine, and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, amongst others. She is a VONA/Voices Fellow and Tinhouse Writer's Workshop participant. She is the founder and creative director of Gunita Collective, a movement based artists group focused upon the exploration of communal memory.  


This workshop is part of the WHERE WE STAND Workshop Series.

WHERE WE STAND creates a platform for people to learn from Pacific Island and Pilipinx practitioners whose embodied work balances traditional and contemporary, and highlights cultural significances of various communal places upon Tongva lands, a.k.a Los Angeles.

Each workshop introduces concepts that the artist facilitators are working through to create original short works that will culminate in a performance at the Torrance Cultural Arts Centers James Armstrong Theater on March 22, 2019.  

WHERE WE STAND pays respect to the Tongva, Chumash, and Tataviam peoples of where we call Los Angeles. We acknowledge that our work is situated on Tongva land.

Pre-sale per workshop: $20
At the door: $25
Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Special price entry for all 5 monthly workshops: $90
Must register by November 15, 2018 by emailing

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This work is made possible through the Social Practice Art (SPArt) project of Fulcrum Arts Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.
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Boogiezone Utopia - Laboratory for the Creative Arts (View)
1951 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States


Arts > Dance
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Dog Friendly: No


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