Honoring Grief and Gratitude with Soulprint Players
“The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them.”
Soulprint Players, an improvisational InterPlay performance group from Atlanta, invite you to both attend a virtual performance and find your own creative expression in the dance of these two emotions. We don’t need to change, fix or “get over” our grief, rather we can learn to move and be with the grieving experience and let it expand our hearts. Participants in this online event will be invited to express and honor what they are grieving (the large and the small) and what they are grateful for through the simple InterPlay forms of movement, story and stillness.
InterPlay Atlanta’s Soulprint Players are in their sixth year of leading communities into vital discussion, truth telling and celebration through improvised performance. Community partners have included the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, The Early Edgewood Candler Park Bi-Racial History Project, Little Five Streets Alive, Georgia Women’s Caucus for the Arts, and Unitarian Universalist “Allies for Racial Equity.”
Celebrating its 30th year, InterPlay was founded by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry in Oakland, California and is now practiced in communities worldwide. InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body.
InterPlay is easy, fun, and life changing. It is based in a series of incremental “forms” that lead participants to movement and stories, silence and song, ease and amusement. In the process, we discover the wisdom in ourselves and our communities.
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About the facilitators:
Jennifer Denning is keenly interested in using the InterPlay forms to promote racial justice and healing and collaborates in developing and leading the workshops, “Sankofa Communities” and “Using Body Wisdom to Build Just Communities.” She launched InterPlay Atlanta’s programming with women in prison and teaches regularly at Trinity House and The Friendship Center. Jennifer has also worked as a professional actor and currently teaches and directs with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” program. Her work has long centered on the intersection of creativity and spirituality. Jennifer serves on InterPlay’s Racial Equity and Transformation Committee and on the Body Wisdom Board of Directors.
Carolyn Renée is a teaching and performing artist, InterPlay Leader, and community organizer. Since 2006 she’s been teaching with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” (PFG) program to empower girls from refugee communities, and foster care through play-writing, storytelling, and theater performances. She uses InterPlay to work with men and women in transition to assist them in rebuilding their lives. As InterPlay’s Co-Liaison to Leaders of Colors, she served as the lead organizer for the national InterPlay organization’s first ever People of Color Retreat. Her time is used creating value through InterPlay and the arts. Carolyn Renée produces community showcases, teaches men and women experiencing housing insecurity, and organizes racial equity and transformation workshops using InterPlay.