Aug 15, 2015

Zen Cohen:
Body Paradox
Palace Theater,


Participants are taken through a series of movement exercises and styles ranging from Butoh to Voguing while embodying wearable sculptures to create a total mise en scène inside The Palace Theater, the oldest theater in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. Discussions include excerpts from Antonin Artaud’s The Theater and Its Double and a selection of texts that address bodies, non-bodies, fluidity, queerness, ritual, and transcendence.


ZEN COHEN received her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis and her BFA in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her video, photo and performance projects have been presented in venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, deYoung Museum, Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, ARTSpace New Haven, Vanity Projects, Center for New Music & Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Recombinant Media Lab, SOMArts, Krowswork, 21 Grand, Roxie Cinema and Artists Television Access (ATA). Additionally, she has studied various movement and theater modalities ranging from Alexander Technique, Ballet, Butoh, Flamenco, Laban Therapy, West African, Near Eastern and Yoga.


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