Performers and Authorship – A Workshop with Chrysa Parkinson


Hope Mohr Dance’s Bridge Project is thrilled to announce “Performers and Authorship,” a winter workshop in creative practice with internationally acclaimed performer and master teacher Chrysa Parkinson.

Self Interview ImageWHEN: Saturday and Sunday February 13 & 14, 11-4 PM
WHERE: S.F. Conservatory of Dance, 301 8th Street, San Francisco

COST: Sliding scale $110-$160. Enrollment is limited.

To reserve your spot please send a check to Hope Mohr Dance, P.O. Box 225237, San Francisco, CA  94122.


This workshop aims at adding to the ongoing process of skillful perception by engaging with submerged fictions, performance modes and movement through physical performance practices. The mornings will focus on movement scores and the afternoons will involve memory, discussion, writing and reading in relation to the mornings’ work. We will work to find ways for each individual to document their own experiential authorship in a way that allows for the potential of looking forward to looking back.

The performer’s experience can be considered as an ongoing series of events: looping back, rebuilding, erasing, uncovering, disenchanting, replacing, and stumbling into unknown territory. A performer represents or produces temporary roles and identities as part of a contained continuity – their own experiential authorship. This type of authorship is not necessarily progressive, doesn’t necessarily improve or devolve. It has plasticity. It’s a continuity that accepts and resists form, folds and swells, is flexible and forceful. The question of how to document the complexity of the performer’s experience is central to the workshop.

Language will be engaged for its ability to distinguish one thing from another. Physical experience will be useful for its ability to humble and destabilize these distinctions. Performance experience will be useful.


Parkinson “Chrysa Parkinson is the smartest most inspiring transmitter of movement understanding period.” – Deborah Hay

Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Brussels and Berkeley, California.  She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O’Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others.  Chrysa was awarded a Bessie for sustained achievement as a performer in 1996. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Veli Lehtovaara, Boris Charmatz, Andros Zins-Browne, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester.  She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at PARTS (be) since 1998.  Chrysa’s writing and films have been published and distributed internationally. Her most recent project, The Dancer as Agent Collection, is available at She is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and then attended London Contemporary Dance School. Chrysa was the cover artist for the fall 2010 issue of Movement Research’s Performance Journal.

Chrysa Parkinson Self Interview on Practice (film essay)