Drawing upon the fundamental building blocks of how we engage with each other through acts of deep listening, holding space, presence, and shared vulnerability, participants will take a deep-dive into what it means to build genuine pathways of connection and transformation from the P.O.V of the audience, the performer, the director, and simply the people with whom we interact.
Tara O’Con is an experiential artist, designer, and professional coach specializing in immersive theater, user experience and coaching for transformation; helping people tap into their own unique power in order to live there most authentic, impactful, autonomous lives. She is a long-time collaborative member of Third Rail Projects- hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential dance and theater. She originated roles in the long-running immersive hits Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, and was part of the creative cast for their Off-Broadway production of Ghost Light. As a teaching artist for the company and independently, she specializes in bringing interactive performance skills into many different applications from performance, to brand activation, and interactive installations. Her own choreographic work has been commissioned by several theaters in NYC. She has also been an Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research and a Choreographic Fellow at the Bogliasco Study Center in Liguria, Italy.
Carolyn Hall (co- creator-not present at the festival) is a Brooklyn-based freelance dancer/performer originally from Los Angeles, She has worked with numerous choreographers and companies both nationally and internationally and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for performance in 2002. She is currently involved in projects with Lionel Popkin, Carrie Ahern, Athena Kokoronis, and Third Rail Projects. She is also an historical marine ecologist, a certified instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and a board member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance (iLAND). She is increasingly invested in finding ways to combine her art and science halves with public processes in order to better bridge the understanding, embodiment, and communication between the two.