Poets House presents an afternoon workshop and concert
celebrating the works of poet and prosodist Robert Kocik through a variety of disciplines—poetics, visual art, performance, architecture, disability studies, design, medicine,
economics, and politics—to explore what Kocik calls the
“sore, over-sensitive, insecure, and supple sciences.” This event is also the release of Supple Science: A Robert Kocik Primer, recently published by ON Contemporary Practice.
The workshop will practice the Prosodic Body as composition
of the medium of which we're made and in which we interrelate—beginning with a general tuning, letting go of physical, emotional and mental blockages to open broader energetic and interoceptive connections, then working intensively with the correspondences between speech sounds (phonemes) and various bioprocesses, and finally
opening the field of choreoprosodia (the fusion of poetry
and movement.) The underlying premise of the workshop: a heightened sense of prosody deepens creativity, health and compassion.
At 6pm, The Commons Choir, co-directed by Faïn and
Kocik, with composer(s) Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, perform an investigative musical called the "Ubiquitous Dividend" —a mix of speech, movement, reparative tones and tunes arguing that generosity and evenly shared material prosperity are intrinsic to who we are.