Threading Side By Side / Together Apart – Workshops

December 15 2022 / 6:00pm - December 18 2022 / 12:00pm

A movement and making workshop led by artist + dancer Geneviève Johnson, invites movement + arts + dance enthusiasts to participate in a “Butoh” inspired workshop exploring connectedness with the world – within and without – through movement and handwork.

— Facilitated by artist Geneviève Johnson

Thursday, December 15, 6PM – 8PM
Sunday, December 18, 10AM – 12PM

Registration Required
Email to pre-register.

Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay
All CVAG events are free — donations are gratefully accepted.


Before the day of our encounter, you are invited to knit or crochet a small piece (the size you want) — or find a piece — to bring to the workshop. Create or select the piece with a thought, wish, or person in mind: as if weaving your very personal meaningful story in it.

(You don’t have to be an artist to create or chose your piece. Take this time to genuinely connect with yourself. Take it as a meditative time to be or reflect.)

You will also have to answer one question with one or a few words on paper:
What is your relationship with movement?


During this filmed workshop, you will attach your piece to a quilted garment: a second skin to connect and transform; a metaphorical path on which you can move forward and grow, supported by the threads of your community. You will be led through Butoh and Landscape Under Skin Theatre movement exercises and improvisations, around and with the quilted path, using mental imageries that inspire poems in motions.

Your piece will stay with the quilted path that is integrated into the durational performance film installation Threading Side by Side / Together Apart by Geneviève Johnson, which travels various communities and grows by the addition of such sections with each community. Your section becomes a part of a greater whole.

(Footage from this encounter will be intertwined into a “poem in motion film” that will be presented at the gallery. You will have to sign a Copyright Release form and a Liability Waiver before the start of the workshop.

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Image: “Nested” performance, Geneviève Johnson. Image courtesy of Ruane Dumler