November 8 2017 Master Yakimoto came to Arcosanti

first_imgNovember 8, 2017Master Yakimoto came to Arcosanti to teach his famous wood carving technique.“Takimoto uses what he calls an empty head to create art that runs counter both to current Japanese wood carving and to the rhythms of his modern world.”The class was held in the Colly Garden in the afternoon on October 27th.Takimoto collects pieces of wood from around the world for these classes of all kinds of trees; cedar trees, maples, sequoias, or, specifically at Arcosanti, mesquite and cottonwood.He lays all the different pieces out on a blanket and each student picks a piece to work with. The process is to take the kiridashi knife – a traditional japanese wood carving knife, and without thinking of anything, using an “empty head,” carve little shavings off the piece little by little until it starts to take shape.If you were to pass the class in the Gardens, you could feel the meditative energy in the silence and concentration of the students. Yo Takimoto’s process is all about energy. When a student needs assistance, they raise their hand. Takimoto does not immediately offer assistance though, first he plays Rock Paper Scissors with the student. If the student beats Yo, he says, “You have good energy, so keep going.” If the student loses, he takes the piece of wood and adds his expertise.He brought along several of his own finished pieces as inspiration as well. For more information on Yo Takimoto, visit www.matterofhand.com/yo-takimoto/(Photos by Sue Kirsch and Shannon Mackenzie, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Singleshoe Productions are also performing A Disappearing Act: an immersive, magic-filled interactive comedy later those evenings at 8 pm. Participants of the workshops will be invited to attend.So come along and bring your older or younger relatives, have fun and get creative. Workshop spaces are limited so book your FREE place at www.alley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444. Creative Together Workshops at the Alley was last modified: September 9th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: THIS September visiting international theatre company Single Shoe Productions, in partnership with Linking Generations will hold a series of intergenerational workshops held at the Alley Theatre, Strabane on Friday 21st at 3.30pm and Saturday 22nd September at 10am.Participants young and old will have the opportunity to come together to enjoy theatre games and take part in lively improvisations that will lead them to create a short theatre piece together. This workshop is designed to bring younger (10-18) and older (60+) participants together to create work and are perfect for groups. Previous experience is not required, just enthusiasm. Places are limited, so don’t miss the chance to get involved with an innovative, international company and take part in a playful exploration of theatre creation.Founded in 2011, by theatre-makers Filipa Tomas and Bradley Smith, London-based Single Shoe Productions is an international theatre company that creates devised work for universal audiences. They combine visual storytelling, physical comedy and a love for the absurd to create theatrical experiences that challenge boundaries, break down walls and explore the connections that hold us together. Creative Together Workshops at the Alleystrabaneworshopslast_img read more