Stagistics: You Gotta Get on Stage Somehow
Throughout her career, Suhaila has danced on nearly every type of stage imaginable, from grand proscenium stages to crowded restaurants. And she had to enter on every one of them. To perform, you first have to get on the stage. Whether you enter with or without music, alone or with a group, down the center aisle, already posed on stage as the curtains open, level with the audience, or traveling down a staircase, your entrance is your first impression. Learn concrete strategies and guidelines that project confidence and set the stage for a successful performance. After a simple warm-up to find our center and balance, we’ll explore various entrance options for any situation, solo or ensemble.
Stagistics: Mapping Your Stage
Throughout her career, Suhaila has danced on nearly every type of stage imaginable, from grand proscenium stages to crowded restaurants. She’s had to navigate around waiters carrying hot plates of food, burning shisha pipes, and even a live pig on the set of HBO’s Max Headroom (1987). Wherever you perform, you’ll need to identify and define your performance area. In this workshop we’ll map out the stage space and outline a strategy for your upcoming performance, no matter where or what it is. We’ll also discuss and implement techniques for those times when you don’t get to see the stage until your actual performance.
Stagistics: Come into the Light
Throughout her career, Suhaila has worked in innumerable theaters of all sizes and types, as well as on movie and video shoots. Suhaila has worked with professional light specialists, directors, and videographers in Hollywood and all over the world. In this workshop, she’ll focus on the most important and basic information you need to know when performing on a theater stage. We’ll discuss and experiment with finding the light, cues for lighting and curtains, black outs, and more.
FOR SPONSORS: This workshop must be taught in an actual theater setting with a technician available to help with lighting and curtains. A sound technician is not required.
Stagistics: Turn Your Negative Space into a Positive with Veil
Most people don’t know that painting is one of Suhaila’s favorite hobbies. In visual arts, we often refer to negative space, that is, the space around and between the subjects. In dance, you are the subject, and as you move, you create negative space around you all the time. Those spaces have powerful energy and can sometimes overwhelm your performance. Using the belly dance veil as a prop, we’ll study and embrace negative space through improvisation and short combinations, so that you can own the entire stage.
SPONSORS: Students should bring a veil to class.
Stagistics: Entrances with the Suhaila Salimpour Grid
In her lifetime of performance, Suhaila has created a simple, yet powerful, system for entering and moving across the stage: the Grid. Using the Grid, we’ll explore powerful and proven methods for entering your stage, giving you essential constructs for your next performance, no matter what the stage space looks like. Make your next entrance confident, purposeful, and powerful!
Stagistics: Basic Stage Projection with the Suhaila Salimpour Grid
In her lifetime of performance, Suhaila has created a simple, yet powerful, system for entering and moving across the stage: the Grid. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of both sides of the Grid: audience and performance. In this experiential workshop, students will learn about the Grid through careful crafting of body placement, angles, gestures, and expressions. This workshop is open to anyone interested in performance and audience engagement, from dance to acting to public speaking. No dance experience is required.
Stagistics: Casting Your Audience: Projection with the Suhaila Salimpour Grid
In her lifetime of performance, Suhaila has created a simple, yet powerful, system for emotional projection and audience engagement: the Grid. But for new performers, it can be difficult to know where to look while you’re on stage. Imagine if you could choose who sits in the audience, so that you know exactly where and who to look at and when? By using the Grid, you can. In this workshop, we’ll explore emotional projection, anchoring your gaze, and giving you the confidence to connect with your audience and give a powerful and moving performance.
Stagistics: Crafting Choreography with the Grid
In her lifetime of performance, Suhaila has created a simple, yet powerful, system for using the stage and emotional projection: the Grid. In this workshop we will learn a simple dance phrase, then using the framework of the Grid, we’ll explore how our placement on the stage, body angles, and floor patterns affect the emotional expression and intention of the phrase.