Reed Adair Bobroff

Never Alone: writing our histories, families, and communities

Friday, May 5 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts | 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe

When a performer is on stage, it is never just the individual: we always stand on the shoulders of family, friends, ancestors, and anyone who has contributed to our story. In this workshop, participants will dive into their experiences through poetry and storytelling and engage the relationships, whispers, and ghosts that are responsible for the legacies they carry as they develop their own One People Shows. As they write, participants will keep in mind that we can’t remove ourselves from our environment and, through conversation and writing, they will uncover ways to use history and context to empower and inform our voices. Workshop conducted by Reed Adair Bobroff (Diné) .

La Pocha Nostra

Exercises for Rebel Artists: A Performance workshop by La Pocha Nostra


Friday, May 5 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM |  IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts | 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe

CALLING ALL LOCAS Y LOCOS!! A 3-hour intensive workshop on performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism.

This intensive workshop led by Pocha Nostra members Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Balitronica Gómez is an amazing artistic and anthropological experiment in which selected artists from every imaginable artistic, ethnic and sub-cultural background begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists. 

In this cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational intensive, participants are exposed to the 'Pocha Method', an eclectic combination of exercises borrowed from multiple traditions including performance art, experimental theater and dance, the Suzuki method, ritual shamanism, performance games and live jam sessions. Parallel to this hands-on process, the group will analyze the creative process, the issues addressed by the work, its aesthetic currency, cultural impact and political pertinence.

The Art of INDIGENOUS Storytelling

Saturday, May 6 | 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM | UNM Center for the Arts

Writer, director, performer, and facilitator Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe) will share his recent projects engaging Native American/Indigenous storytelling with youth and adults.  Part conversation/part workshop, this session will use movement, song, and theatre arts practices to explore the healing power of story.

Ty Defoe

Rhiana Yazzie

Understanding the Major Dramatic Question for playwrights

Saturday, May 6 | 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM | UNM Center for the Arts

This workshop will look at the structural aspects of Native plays by looking at the Major Dramatic Question. Workshop conducted by Rhiana Yazzie (Diné).

Storyweaving Workshop


Saturday, May 6 | 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM | UNM Center for the Arts | Experimental Theatre | B417

Gloria Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) of Spiderwoman Theater investigates the unique process that Spiderwoman Theater uses to create their plays and productions. This technique is called storyweaving. The word storyweaving describes the layering and weaving of stories and parts of stories, images, sound, movement, dance and music, creating a three-dimensional tapestry, embodied in space, which becomes the performance and production.

She teaches exercises that are designed to build an ensemble, the cornerstone of storyweaving. You will learn how to reproduce a sound that you hear in your head, how to express words and phrases in different ways and how to understand the words and phrases in your body. You get to tell your own stories. They can be traditional stories, personal stories or myths. Incorporating the exercises that have been learned in the workshop, you will collectively create a presentation of the stories. 

Spiderwoman Theater


Saturday, May 6 | 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM | UNM Center for the Arts | UNM Art Museum

Exploring collaborative forms of generative composition.


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