Transforming Language Through Art
Professional Development Workshop
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My overall purpose is to share personal stories of healing and transformation in order to transcend language perception. Forming connections is crucial for deep understanding. I’m a performance artist and educator. I taught for 15 years in a vibrant, bilingual, Montessori classroom, founded by social activists, Nita and Corky Gonzales. The Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios in Denver, CO, shaped my perception as an artist of life. Through observing children’s innate ability to lovingly express, I learned that there is more involved with language exchange than words on a page or spoken aloud.
In my presentation, my intent is to use body language and Urdu poetry to convey a story. Stories can be channeled in many formats that go beyond words. In performance art, I utilize a combination of Classical Indian inspired dance mudras and facial expressions, combined with Urdu poetry to create a storytelling experience.
On an intimate level, I welcome listeners and audience members to engage in self- reflective interpretation. I encourage emotional depth among human beings sharing this experience. My larger goal is to dialogue ways in which we may expand our current understanding of linguistics and engage social development as a whole. I use performance art and language to share a message intended to be understood by everyone, regardless of the language(s) we speak.
I’ve studied Classical Indian and Middle Eastern dance for several years. Urdu is my family’s native language from Pakistan. Through combining these mediums, I wish to convey a simple message for personal interpretation. After my performance, I open the space for meaningful discussion.
Finally, I invite participants to ponder this question with me:
“If you are able to understand and connect with me in a personal way, can we take this concept to a new level in relationships, education, and community building?”
Come with me…
I am certified in both general and special education and a current MFA-IA graduate student at Goddard College. My intention is to express stories of healing and transformation through various mediums. My current art practice spans the arenas of performance art, wellness and education. Raven Speaks embodies a performative platform of Neena Expressions. This artistic vision is influenced by Classical Indian and Middle Eastern Dance movement, Qigong, meditation, music, lyrical poetry and spoken word, in Urdu, French, Spanish and English. I have been studying various dance and language designs for most of my life thus far. I am passionate about transforming current educational models through intuition, language and art.
I am available to work with organizations, groups and individuals seeking deeper resonance with communication that goes beyond words.