Workshop: Full Extension – Physical Workshop for Solo and Societal Awakening, Meagan O’Shea & Clare Preuss

June 9 – 13, 2014     1 – 5 pm      Toronto

In this dynamic workshop, Meagan and Clare will lead participants through investigations into extremes in sound and movement.  We will activate our individual and group selves so that we can entertain greater possibilities for society. Over the week we will move from play and embodied research into collaborative creation. We will use intuition, thought, and emotion as impulses. Physical exploration of fire, water, earth, air and ether elements will move us into archetypal gesture and improvised creation. Devising contagious movement and infectious sound we’ll create calls to arms, love cries, devotional chants: rituals that celebrate victory, mourn loss, comfort the soul and search for peace.

This is a workshop open to everybody. We will find areas of expertise and areas of uncertainty in ourselves and in the group as we open to expansive creativity. We will be transformed.


  • Fee:  $ 280
  • Professional Artists: $ 220
  • Early Bird Rate (paid by May 16): $ 200

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Meagan O’Shea is Artistic Director of Stand Up Dance: captivating. social. engagement. Infusing dance, storytelling and clown with improvisation and visual spectacle, Meagan’s “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary”* performances engage audiences across North America and Europe. Her buzzed about solo show “based on actual unrelated events” is part of Crows Theatre East End Performance Crawl this month. Her dance work for youth, The Love Project will be seen by thousands of students next year.

O’Shea is co-founder of hub14, winner of the KM Hunter Artist Award (2013), Artistic Collaborator – Barcelona International Dance Exchange, she has been the Associate Artist at Theatre Direct and Dance Ireland, and Artist in Residence at The Banff Centre, fabrik Potsdam, New Dance Alliance and Earthdance amoung others. Meagan teaches dance and theatre creation and performance strategies at centres internationally.

Clare is a multidisciplinary artist who has collaborated with innovative companies in Canada, Germany, United States and Uganda, including: Alameda, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, bcurrent, BeMe, Blyth Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Cahoots, Carlos Bulosan, Driftwood, Dynamo, Factory, fu-GEN, Young People’s Theatre, Native Earth, New Harlem, National Arts Centre, Nightwood, Stratford Festival, and Theatre Direct, among others. Clare’s work has been presented at many Canadian festivals and she directed Cake at the Bayimba Festival in Kampala, Uganda.  She played Caroline Kraft in Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures) and has appeared in numerous other films.  She is a certified yoga instructor and faculty member at Humber College.  Clare received the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award, has been nominated for John Hirsch Director’s Award and John Hirsch Prize and was named an outstanding director by NOW Magazine for her direction of Salome’s Clothes at SummerWorks 2013. Clare is the Associate Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre.