What Is Erotic?

What Is Erotic?

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Dance Naked  is proud to announce the Portland premier of What Is Erotic?, a cabaret of original performances that respond to this powerful question. Just as the answer varies from person to person, so does the mode of expression.  What Is Erotic? includes storytelling, stand-up, spoken word, song and dance.  From vanilla to kinky, sacred to profane, What Is Erotic? showcases some of the most intimate, raw, authentic performances Portland has to offer.

Dance Naked is known for creating sex-positive theater that celebrates the erotic, and illuminates the shadows of human sexuality.  What is Erotic? gives artists of all kinds the opportunity to creatively express a wide open spectrum of desire, and invites the audience to answer the question for themselves.  Don’t miss this original evening of truth and dare!

The Portland production will have a workshop preview as part of the Fertile Ground Festival on January 27th & 28th at 7:30pm at The Headwaters, and a Valentine’s weekend run from February 12th-14th at 8pm (also at The Headwaters).

get-tickets-button1What: WHAT IS EROTIC? a curated cabaret of community-based talent!
Where: The Headwaters – 55 NE Farragut St. Portland, OR 97211
When: January 27th & 28th @7:30pm (Fertile Ground preview performances) and February 12th-14th @8pm
Tickets: $15-$25 (online and at the door)

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(for those unfamiliar with the Fertile Ground festival, it is a festival of new work – primarily theater- in Portland, Oregon.  It was the birth place of the original Inviting Desire, as well as Lust & Marriage.  For $50 you can buy a pass that gets you into ANY and ALL shows in the festival.  Please select Dance Naked as the recipient of a portion of your festival pass!)

What is Erotic? began 10 years ago in Santa Cruz, as a fundraiser for The 418 Project,  local theater company.  The invitation went out to the community to develop a performance piece around the theme, and the response was electric.  The resulting production was such a hit that the concept continued to expand and grow, and has now spread to San Francisco (for more on the history of the production, go to www.whatiserotic.com). A portion of ticket sales from the Portland performances will benefit the 418 Project as well.

get-tickets-button1You are invited to check out the Erotic Selfie Contest here on the blog and over on the facebook event page.  You too can enter to win tickets!

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Sex & Creativity 3-Day Workshop (with performance) March 6-8

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March 6-8 The Workshop

March 10 – The Performance (optional!)

Sex & Creativity is a unique workshop, designed to facilitate creative expansion.  In addition to activating the libido and engaging the heart, this workshop offers rare opportunities for transformational healing.  Led by Dance Naked Productions Artistic Director Eleanor O’Brien and Portland-area psychotherapist Gwenn Cody, this 3-Day workshop is designed to tap into your artistic genius.  Using games, writing exercises, and guided meditation – you will learn to channel the energy of arousal, and explore your erotic imagination in creative and stimulating ways.

  • When: Friday March 6 – 7:30-10pm, Saturday March 7th 11am-5pm, Sunday March 8th 11am-5pm
  • Optional performance Tuesday  March 10th at 7:30pm
  • Where: SW Portland  (location given on sign-up)
  • Cost: $375 (Early bird: $325 until Feb. 22nd)

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The purpose of this workshop is to explore and expand the erotic imagination, through games, storytelling and writing exercises. It is an opportunity to examine and release old beliefs around sexual shame and judgement, and transform trauma into art.  We invite you to reconnect with a sense of wonder and play around your sexual being. For artists, writers and creatives of all kinds, you will discover how arousal can fuel your work, and inspire your artistic vision.sex-getty-creative

Participation in this work allows for greater connection,compassion and the celebration of our unique sexual selves. Together we reclaim our sexuality as a necessary and vital part of our whole.  With the help two guides, you will dive into unknown depths and discover material you may only have suspected was there.  You will make friends, tell stories and channel the fuel of arousal into ART!

Similar to The Artist Way, we use different modalities to access our erotic imagination.    We play games that build connection and trust, as well as providing ways to elude our inner critics. Writing and storytelling exercises make up a significant portion of the creative process  (though at all times are participants empowered to chose what they wish to share).   We are dedicating to creating a container that feels safe and healing for everyone.*

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In addition to engaging our brains, we use embodiment exercises to activate the genius of our bodies.  Though it may be true that the brain is our largest sex organ,  it is but one erogenous zone. We use mindful movement practices to help engage and awaken all the parts of our physical and emotional body .

We include an optional performance aspect to encourage participants to share what they have discovered.   We believe that allowing yourself to be seen and witnessed adds to the healing and transformational power of the work.  In a safe environment, we create a salon atmosphere in which you may invite select friends to witness your creation.  Again, this is an optional aspect of the workshop, and entirely self-selected.  (Salon will take place at a private location on the evening of March 10th).

If you are ready to discover a unique map into your creative self, join us for a journey into the loins of your erotic imagination! 

All genders welcome.

Questions?  Contact Eleanor O’Brien or Gwenn Cody

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*In the interest of creating a safe container, all participants will be asked to  participate in a short phone interview with a facilitator prior to our first meeting.  We will fill you in on what this workshop will entail, answer any questions you have, address concerns (i.e. there is no nudity, no sexual contact among participants, etc.) and prep you as best we can!

Instructors

Gwenn Cody
Gwenn Cody

Gwenn Cody, MSW, CET, CTE is a psychotherapist and facilitator in private practice.  After 25 years as a therapist and healer, Gwenn is still deeply inspired by the beauty and passion within us and the process of bringing more authenticity to life.  She has extensive education and experience in traditional and somatic psychotherapy, numerous body-mind therapies, mindfulness, Tantra and sexuality studies, Eastern spiritual traditions, work with sexual minorities, and relationship work with couples, dyads, triads and other relationship structures.  She has facilitated many workshops on sexuality, tantra, and personal growth.

Eleanor O'Brien
Eleanor O’Brien

Eleanor O’Brien is the artistic director of Dance Naked Productions, a company dedicated to creating artistic expression around the topic of sexuality.  She is the creator of the solo shows GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies and Lust & Marriage, as well as the ensemble series Inviting Desire.  She has taught workshops in Sex and Creativity for Sex-Positive Los Angeles & London, Sacred Tantra in Portland, OR as well as at Breitenbush Hotsprings.  She teaches solo show workshops (Portland Center Stage, St. Lawrence University, The Bluestockings Theater Company) and through Dance Naked Productions.  She holds a masters degree from the University of San Diego, and is a trained facilitator for Storyhealers International.

Sex & Creativity Testimonials

The Sexuality and Creativity class allowed me to go deep, build new relationships, and re-embrace my sexuality and creative voice in a new way.

That was the best writing workshop I’ve been to, and I’ve been to more than several.

It allowed us to really play with our expression, and to combine our ideas about seduction with our experience in a totally safe way.

As a male I have felt a lot of shame, repression & distrust of my lust. Just accepting, relishing it openly in a room full of many strangers felt healing and potentially revolutionary.

Juicy, inspiring and healing! I got in touch with fantasies I wasn’t previously aware of.

This class opened up my universe.

Powerful.

Extended Sex & Creativity Testimonials

Eleanor is an amazing facilitator who brings rollicking fun, creative insights, and deep emotional intelligence to facilitating group process and performance. She creates a strong container for safe yet intimate exploration. The Sexuality and Creativity class allowed me to go deep, build new relationships, and re-embrace my sexuality and creative voice in a new way. I didn’t want the class to end! ~Lena R

That was the best writing workshop I’ve been to, and I’ve been to more than several. Eleanor is amazing, she sees people, and gets them, and she helped me grow. ~Quiddity

It allowed us to really play with our expression, and to combine our ideas about seduction with our experience in a totally safe way ~ KR, therapist

I think you are really onto something special you are uniquely gifted & empowered to offer. I’ve done lots of group exercises around these themes but there were very different aspects to what you taught that were striking to me. I really appreciated the invocation and celebration of lust exercise. Inviting it, walking around with it, feeling it in your body. It felt very safe to me and I felt very honored and empowered to unabashedly be invited to feel lust in my body. Not to do anything with it. As a male I have felt a lot of shame, repression & distrust of my lust. Just accepting, relishing it openly in a room full of many strangers felt healing and potentially revolutionary. This was especially striking to me and completely unique in my experience. ~HL, contractor

Sex and Creativity is definitely a class I will attend again. Eleanor is a fabulous role model who walks her talk, and an incredibly caring human being. Our group grew and flourished under the passionate, playful, expressive and loving guidance of her leadership. ~Anonymous class participant

Juicy, inspiring and healing! I got in touch with fantasies I wasn’t previously aware of. I remembered sexy moments in past through storytelling starting with a clip from other people’s stories. So many thanks to Eleanor for supporting the unfolding of my sexual freedom. ~Tatva

This class opened up my universe. Getting to explore my sexuality in creative ways made me feel much juicier. I fell in love with each of my classmates. I loved witnessing their opening, their courage, their beauty. Thank you Eleanor for creating such a safe, joyful container for us to open and explore within. This is one of the richest writing/creating classes I have EVER taken and I have a Master’s degree plus another 60 hours of post-graduate work. I really loved this class! ~Stacy

My husband and I were so grateful for your workshop. We had an amazing time together, and these explorations are always so good for a relationship. Thank you for demonstrating such courage and kindness. The shares were fun! ~RF, painter

The woman I was paired with on this was divinely appointed. (She felt the same, as she came up to me after the workshop ended and said exactly that!) Incredible to think in such a short time as the evening was, that I could say what I did to her, and she would reveal what she did to me! Powerful… ~ PK, business analyst


What Is Erotic?  The Portland Premier!

What Is Erotic? The Portland Premier!

Exclamation poster

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Dance Naked  is proud to announce the Portland premier of What Is Erotic?, a cabaret of original performances that respond to this powerful question. Just as the answer varies from person to person, so does the mode of expression.  What Is Erotic? includes storytelling, stand-up, spoken word, song and dance.  From vanilla to kinky, sacred to profane, What Is Erotic? showcases some of the most intimate, raw, authentic performances Portland has to offer.

Dance Naked is known for creating sex-positive theater that celebrates the erotic, and illuminates the shadows of human sexuality.  What is Erotic? gives artists of all kinds the opportunity to creatively express a wide open spectrum of desire, and invites the audience to answer the question for themselves.  Don’t miss this original evening of truth and dare!

The Portland production will have a workshop preview as part of the Fertile Ground Festival on January 27th & 28th at 7:30pm at The Headwaters, and a Valentine’s weekend run from February 12th-14th at 8pm (also at The Headwaters).

get-tickets-button1What: WHAT IS EROTIC? a curated cabaret of community-based talent!
Where: The Headwaters – 55 NE Farragut St. Portland, OR 97211
When: January 27th & 28th @7:30pm (Fertile Ground preview performances) and February 12th-14th @8pm
Tickets: $15-$25 (online and at the door)

fertile ground logo

(for those unfamiliar with the Fertile Ground festival, it is a festival of new work – primarily theater- in Portland, Oregon.  It was the birth place of the original Inviting Desire, as well as Lust & Marriage.  For $50 you can buy a pass that gets you into ANY and ALL shows in the festival.  Please select Dance Naked as the recipient of a portion of your festival pass!)

What is Erotic? began 10 years ago in Santa Cruz, as a fundraiser for The 418 Project,  local theater company.  The invitation went out to the community to develop a performance piece around the theme, and the response was electric.  The resulting production was such a hit that the concept continued to expand and grow, and has now spread to San Francisco (for more on the history of the production, go to www.whatiserotic.com). A portion of ticket sales from the Portland performances will benefit the 418 Project as well.

get-tickets-button1You are invited to check out the Erotic Selfie Contest here on the blog and over on the facebook event page.  You too can enter to win tickets!

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Lust & Marriage goes to Europe!

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London! Brussels! Amsterdam!

I’m taking this show on the road (or rather – the skies!)  In partnership with Gabriella Cordova of Sex-Positive World, we are touring Lust & Marriage to three cities in Europe (with plans to add more in the future).

Sex-Positive World is a non-profit meet-up group with a mission to spread the love.  As you might expect, the goal is a world in which sex is seen as a joyful, healing, connective activity – and aims to create education and events that support that effort.

I’m delighted to support the mission of SPW, as it dovetails beautifully with the goals of Dance Naked Productions.   In creating Lust & Marriage, my desire was to tell a story in which the heroine learns that it IS possible to love more than one person at a time, and that while jealousy is real and painful, it doesn’t have to lead to violence or judgement or the demise of a happy relationship.  I use the device of asking Dan Savage for advice (though I don’t always take it).    I wanted to write a love story that allows for the possibility of polyamory as a viable choice (something I have never seen in traditional media).  If you’d like to see a trailer of the show –

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The show will be accompanied by workshops and parties, and all of the information about that can be found on the individual facebook events.   If you’ve got friends in these cities, please pass this along!

London – December 5th

Brussels – December 7th

Amsterdam – December 13th


Come Inside – the festival has begun!

Oh you guys – I’m not gonna pretend that it’s been easy.  Putting together a festival in under 2 months, while moving and going through an extremely difficult time emotionally, has taxed all my resources.  There were many times when I just wanted to give up and cancel the whole thing.  “I’m not a producer!  I’m a performer” I kept thinking.  “Why do I do this to myself???”

Opening night was a kind of Christmas miracle.  First of all, people showed up.  That was amazing in and of itself.  (I’m not gonna lie.  My PR efforts have not been everything they could be.  But operating with a tiny budget and limited time and energy, I did my best).

Rosie Bitts’ show Stories of Love & Passion was beautiful.  She is a powerful storyteller and chanteuse.  She’s funny, sexy and authentic (all my favorite things!).  Her stories were edgy and brave, her songs were erotic and delicious, her spirit warm and engaging.

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The fabulous Miss Rosie Bitts!

And then afterwards, we had a panel discussion. “What is Sex-Positive?”

Nearly all of the people I asked to be on the panel SHOWED UP.  Nearly a dozen participants. And where it might have been chaos, it was wonderful.  Respectful, and deep and interesting.  Sally Eck, a professor of gender studies at PSU, moderated the panel, and all of the participants had really thoughtful things to say.  The questions from the audience were insightful and considered.  One of the best post show conversations I’ve ever been a part of.

Sex-Positive Portland did a splendid job creating an opening reception.  The audience mingled with one another, got to meet the performers, and talk about the show.  It was everything I could have hoped for.

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Tonya Jone Miller – dishing it!

The following night, Tonya opened her show A Story of O’s.  I have known Tonya for many years (she was a member of the original Inviting Desire ensemble) and I knew the show would be good.  I just didn’t know HOW good.  I was astonished at the nuance, the bravery, the vulnerability… I thought I knew what to expect from a show about phone sex.  I was wrong.  I laughed, yes, but I cried too.  I was incredibly moved.  The standing ovation both ladies received was so well deserved.

I think one of my favorite things that’s happened as a result of selling festival passes (as opposed to individual tickets, which would have been logistically easier) is seeing the same patrons at several different events.  The goal of the festival – to create community around sex-positivity – has been helped enormously by this simple decision.  People become invested.  They want to get their money’s worth!  The end result is that they start to feel part of something.  They start to feel like they belong there.  And THAT my friends is the reason I put together this festival.

Thank you for coming out and being a part of it.

XO,

Eleanor

Be there or be spanked!
Be there or be spanked!

P.S. And it’s NOT OVER!  It’s only just begun!  This week we have the play readings (Cherry Cherry Lemon on Tuesday night and CockTales on Wednesday) and Coming Out Kinky opens Thursday, followed by the erotic open mic, and then my show GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies opens on Friday!  Come Inside my darlings!

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