Stories Only the Body Can Tell: Making Digital Dance for Social Change

with Tiffany Rhynard
Amy Leona Havin

Stille from Black Stains

OCTober 10th 2020 | 1:00 PM PST – 3:00 PM PST
Festival Pass Holder: $16 | Non pass holder: $25
20 Spots available

Stories Only the Body Can Tell:
Making Digital Dance for Social Change

About the Workshop

In this online workshop, Tiffany Rhynard will explore the capability for digital technology to address social issues surrounding equity, justice, and intersectionality. Focusing heavily on creative content and process, participants will discuss, research, and unpack current social and cultural issues that impact their local or global community. This civic dialogue will serve as source material for future work and potential collaborative projects. Hands-on creative activities will also be explored in this 2 hour workshop.

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The Holding Project

About the Artist

Tiffany Rhynard is an artist, activist, and mother compelled to make work that reflects current social issues. Having created over 60 works for stage and screen, Rhynard’s choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide from NYC to San Francisco, and internationally in Europe. Her dance for the camera pieces have screened at film/video festivals such as the Dancing for the Camera at the American Dance Festival and at ScreenDance Miami where she won the Jury Award for Black Stains in 2018 and First Prize for her film Invisible Queens in 2015. Her documentary films focus on the need for racial justice, equity, and the de-centering of ableist, classist, and heteronormative value systems. Little House in the Big House (2012) won best documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. Her 2016 documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, tells the story of a young undocumented gay activist and his fight for the American Dream. Forbidden premiered at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles where it received the Freedom Award. The film has gone on to receive numerous awards, notably a Television Academy Honor in 2018, and the first ever Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with Logo TV to distribute the film for the 2017-18 season.

A cross-disciplinary artist, Rhynard has collaborated with esteemed innovators including choreographer and performer Christal Brown, poet Karma Mayet Johnson, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, and real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano. In 2017 she worked with mezzo soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone on a new work titled At Close Range. As a performer, Rhynard has danced for choreographers including Gerri Houlihan, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and Chavasse Dance and Performance Group. She has taught at The Ohio State University, SUNY Potsdam, Middlebury College, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University in addition to teaching guest artist residencies throughout the country. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Florida State University where she teaches dance and technology.

Tiffany Rhynards Film Black Stains will be screening in the Documentary Pass showcase. Purchase a festival pass or documentary pass to view.