Embodying The River Archetype - The Wolfpack

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NOTE: this session is concurrent with Joanna Furnans' Round Robin Discussion "Dance, Money, & Success" in Studio 102.

Workshop in Studio 200 (dress to move)

Workshop: "Embodying The River Archetype - The Wolfpack "

Drawn from the texts from Into The Wild Unknown Archetypes by Kim Krans and River Notes by Barry Lopez, this workshop uses organic and primal imagery and centers on The River Archetype, embodying rebirth, change, and finding one’s true self. The Wolfpack is a home for dancers of any style to come and be heard and represents loyalty, strong family ties, good communication, education, understanding, and intelligence.

Reign Drop Winker is a trans dancer, choreographer, and Co-Founder of We Are Collective. Over the last seven years, they have grown roots in the Chicago dance community focusing on creating sustainable and accessible dance spaces for all ages. They research contemporary movements that demonstrate autonomy, liberation, and connection. In the community, they have led an Improvisers’ Jam for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, performed for Alix Shilaci and Erin Killmurray, presented work at j e l l o dances, created work for Synapse Arts New Works, and have choreographed for New Dances and the iconic Chicago drag queen Shea Coulee’s "Rewind" music video. Their newest role includes being a Company Lead for Queer Dance Freakout, the largest trans dance organization in Chicago which aids them in their mission to be heard—to share their story—to honor the stories of all magical trans people.

Photo of Reign Drop Winker by William Frederking.

About the American Dancing Bodies Symposium

In 2012 a curricular revolution took place at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago recognizing the American dancing body as a rich fusion of techniques originating in Africa, Europe and the United States. More than a decade since this transformation at the Dance Center, the impact locally and nationally has been profound. The 2-day American Dancing Bodies Symposium invites dance educators, enthusiasts, practitioners, scholars, and students to explore together the intersectionality of present-day dance: what's now and what's next in dance, on the stage, in the studio, and in the classroom?

Running Time
60 minutes


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago

1306 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 369-8330