Interplay was developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, two dancing theologians, about twenty years ago. Interplay is a movement practice, a folk art, a way for grown-ups to play, heal, and love each other more fully, and a means of creating spiritual community through the media of dance, song, story-telling, and poem-making. It is ritual, art, and play, accessible to everyone, and infinitely flexible and adaptable.
I took my first contact improvisation class in April 2002, and jumped in to the practice with both feet. Cynthia and Phil encouraged me to improvise poems in performance, and from that I have become interested in channelled poetry a la Rumi.
Currently, I perform with Wing It! a company of improvisers who use Interplay forms and techniques to create spontaneous and participatory theater. I also teach occasional workshops in the art of improvising poems.
Wing It! Performance Ensemble
Wing It! was formed by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry in 1989. Since then, the company has created countless full length improvised concerts of dance, storytelling and music. They have been featured in a form of community-based performance called The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human in San Francisco, Seattle, Raleigh/Durham, Sydney, Chicago, and Minneapolis. They frequently appear in benefits for other causes including Habitat for Humanity, breast cancer research and AIDS organizations.
The company uses the practice of InterPlay as the basis for their work. Each concert is different and although they are often organized under a particular theme, the specific content of any particular performance is unplanned. WING IT!
is known both for its humor, poignancy and sheer humanity. This Oakland based company (pictured here) has spawned other InterPlay-based performance companies around the world. That's me on the bottom right!