The River Theater holds a free movement-based workshop for actors, dancers and other people interested in movement at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Ana Morel, a dancer, choreographer and Laban Movement Analyst from New York, offers the workshop, "Play with Your Inner Characters!" Wear comfortable clothes, bring your enthusiasm and come ready to play. Spaces for this free workshop are limited, so sign up early by calling the River Theater at (503) 325-7487.

Morel has studied Modern Dance for more than 20 years. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and holds a B.A. in Dance from Hamilton College. Her choreography has been presented through Zenon Dance Company, the Walker Art Center, the St. Paul Art Association and the Hauser Dance Company. From 1994 to 2004, Morel lived in Minneapolis, Minn., where she was a freelance choreographer and performer, working with Wynn Fricke, Megan Flood, Carol Huncik, Arwen Wilder, Kristin VanLoon, Kristin Freya and Heidi Hauser Jasmin. She currently resides in her native New York, creating solo work and teaching Laban-based movement education workshops.

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a comprehensive study of movement and its meaning. LMA provides a framework to observe, describe, record and understand human movement and what it expresses. LMA-based movement workshops are appropriate for individuals in any field that uses the practice, observation or assessment of movement, skills development, re-education or therapy.

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