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!

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

TICKETS TO ALL NIGHTS ARE SOLD OUT. 

So sorry!  We’ll rent a larger theater next year!

What Is Erotic? is proud to be sponsored by

LELO

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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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Seducing the Muse: a 3-Day Workshop (with performance) April 10-12

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 “An incredible intersection of theater and personal process.”


Seducing the Muse: Claim Your Sexual Stories

Jumpstart your creativity~
Engage the erotic imagination~
Stimulate transformation….

Writing prompts for intimate narratives, theater games with an erotic twist, guided meditations that encourage arousal?  This is a workshop unlike any you’ve ever encountered.

Seducing the Muse invites you to reclaim your salacious stories, dive into your dirty thoughts, and celebrate your sexual self.

By creating a safe container to express all kinds of experiences, we release the clamp on our creative channels, and let our curious selves out of the closet.  We learn to use the energy of arousal to fuel ART.

Almost all creativity involves purposeful play – Abraham Maslow

Discover a kind of creative freedom you may never have experienced.  Allow yourself to show up exactly as you are, and experience the healing and transformation that comes from really being seen.

We combine personal process with creative process, and fuel the alchemy with splash of arousal.  Lust as pure creative fuel you can learn how to channel.   Come find out how What Is Erotic? and Inviting Desire were created.  Create your own performance piece.  Or just discover the stories within.  It’s like…adult play. 

It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self. – D.W. Winnicott

Seducing the Muse also offers rare opportunities for transformational healing.  You will be invited to examine and release old beliefs around sexual shame and judgement, and transform trauma into art.  Write your own vagina monologue or testicle tale.  Sing into new adventures.  Envision brand new fantasies.

Before there was therapy, there was art. – Gwenn Cody

All genders welcome.

Questions?  Feel free to be in touch.  We’d be happy to answer your questions. Contact Eleanor O’Brien or Gwenn Cody

To hold your space in the class, please make a non-refundable $50 down-payment.  Balance due at first class.  Click the button or follow this link.

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  • NEXT WORKSHOP:
    • Friday April 10:  7:30pm-10pm,
    • Saturday April 11: 11am-5pm
    • Sunday April 12: 1pm-6pm
  • Performance: Tuesday  April 14th at 7:30pm

*In the interest of creating a safe container, we will have a short phone conversation with each participant after you make your down payment.  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.).  We want to create a group that inspires and cares for one another, so yes, we do a little pre-screen!

Curriculum:

Creating the container and safe community – this is a vital step towards making the workshop successful.  We are committed to creating a safe space in which your creativity can be nurtured and your sexual self feels welcome.

Explore Your Story – through games, storytelling and writing exercises we will dive into the depths of where our sexual identities are formed, and cultivate a connection to our authentic erotic selves.

Reclaim Your Story – once we know what are stories are, we can begin to step into them. We can recast and rewrite, and own our stories in a whole new way.  We become our own protagonist.

Create New Stories - leaping off from the safety of non-fiction, we begin to explore what it means to free the erotic imagination.  We use guided meditation to harness the power of arousal, and use the power of the libido to fuel original art.

Share Your Story - for those who feel called, we include a performance for participants to share their stories with a small salon of invited guests.  You are invited to create a piece that expresses your experience in the workshop, whether a personal story or a piece of sex-fueled art.  We’ve had poetry, dance, stand-up and song.  What might you create?

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 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 LA, Sex-Positive 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.  She is a huge believer in the enormous well of material to be found in our sexual stories, as well as the power of arousal to fuel art.

Testimonials

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

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

I enjoyed the workshop very much!  It helped me tap into my sexuality which generally is dormant/asleep.  Gwenn and Eleanor were excellent in helping nurture our respective inner – and outer – sexual natures!

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

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

This class opened up my universe.

Powerful.

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What Is Erotic?  The Portland Premier!

What Is Erotic? The Portland Premier!

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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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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

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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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