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WHAT IS INTERPLAY???

InterPlay is an easy to learn creative process that invites people to express themselves through stories, movement and voice. It's a lot of fun and also enables people to learn new things about themselves and others. Anybody can do it. All you need in order to get started is yourself.

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YOU ARE INVITED!!!

You're invited to learn more about InterPlay through the content and links provided on this site. In addition, we hope you'll attend some events at your earliest convenience. We believe you'll be very happy you did! And, like many of us who have been doing InterPlay for 5 to 10 to 20+ years, you might find that it becomes an important part of your life.

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PUBLIC INTERPLAY SESSIONS

InterPlay is most often done in public classes that are offered on a "drop-in" basis. People can attend sessions whenever they please. In these classes, InterPlay leaders guide participants through well-established activities using stories, movement, voice, or any combination of the three. For example, the leader may invite participants to share about an everyday experience with a partner or a small group. Or, the leader may guide the whole group through some basic movements and then enable participants to explore their own ways of moving. Each class is designed so people can get to know each other through activities in the whole group, in small groups, with partners and also apart from others.

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LESS STRESS, MORE EASE!!!

At InterPlay events participants are invited to express themselves in the moment. They are encouraged to set aside any sense that they need to do things perfectly or correctly. In addition, they are encouraged to let go of any sense that they need to entertain or impress others. This approach to self expression enables people to release stress and experience ease as they freely explore whatever interests them in the moment.

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YOU HAVE GREAT WISDOM!!!

You don’t need to think of yourself as being creative in order to do InterPlay, but chances are you will find you are much more creative than you think. You are likely to find that there is great wisdom in your body. That wisdom may be in the form of memories, movements, rhythms and countless other types of experiences you have accumulated throughout the course of your life. Through InterPlay's simple activities, you are invited to unlock that wisdom. This process can be a lot of fun. It may also provide a path to enhanced relationships with yourself and others.

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A LIFELONG PRACTICE!!!

In addition to public "drop-in" classes, InterPlay offers retreats and extended programs where people can dive deeper into this practice. In these events, participants gain a fuller understanding of how InterPlay can positively impact multiple aspects of their lives. So, beyond individual classes, a person can become a life-long learner in InterPlay.

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INTERPLAY AND PERFORMANCE

The Chicago InterPlay community also offers performance-oriented classes or retreats that end in a casual performance for family and friends. These opportunities can be great for a range of participants- from people who want to become more confident public speakers to professional performing artists who want to add more spontaneity to their work.

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INTERPLAY CO-FOUNDERS

InterPlay was originally started by performing artists Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter to enable people of all backgrounds to experience the joy that comes from authentic self-expression.

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LEARN MORE THROUGH THESE VIDEOS

1. A Wide Variety of People Share About Why They Do InterPlay (2-min) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGMiKren4I8)

2. A Millennial Shares about His InterPlay Experience (1-min) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD8OrnbSasM)

3. A Millennial Shares about Her InterPlay Experience (1-min) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESstgwME9Xs)

4. A Millennial Shares about Her InterPlay Experience (1-min) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4izC1X5Py0)

5. An 88-Year-Old Woman Shares about Her InterPlay Experienc (1-min) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cpZCA3P2W4)

6. Introduction to InterPlay in Images (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvl2MVLco-c)

7. Different Generations Lead and Follow Each Other through a Movement Activity (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9omCX85htA)

8. The Mother of InterPlay Co-Founder Cynthia Winton-Henry Dances with Alzheimer's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8h54QQ5YRM)

9. The Co-Founder of InterPlay Australia Shares about Her InterPlay Journey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjv5H3bdve4)

10. The History and Far Reaching Impact of InterPlay in Images and Words (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmqRa9Qct2s)

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TWO MORE LINKS

1. "What is InterPlay?" (http://interplay.org/index.cfm/go/about:home/)

2. www.InterPlay.org (http://www.Interplay.org)

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(Note: This description of InterPlay was written by Jeff Breting in January 2015 with videos provided by InterPlay & Body Wisdom, Inc. Minor edits were made by Jeff on 7/24/16.)

Upcoming events (3)

Shuffling Humanities: InterPlay Performance & Fundraiser

Cards Against Humanity Theater

Experience the magic of InterPlay in performance. We will be sharing our stories, movements, and songs created in the moment. InterPlay is celebrating its 30th year offering body wisdom practices to communities all over the world. The first 5 people will get a door prize. Find out more details on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2349921615336661/ Reserve your FREE ticket today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shuffling-humanities-interplay-performance-and-fundraiser-tickets-74185999321 With light refreshments and BYOB

Monthly Northside PlaySpace

Ravenswood Presbyterian Church

Discover what the buzz is all about! InterPlay has been making positive impacts on individuals and communities for 30 years [masked]). Come out to connect with others and yourself through playing with your words, movements, and voice. InterPlay has been shown over and over again to open up new possibilities for people to have fun, meet new people, grow without any pressure to do so, and the list of benefits goes on and on. . Please feel free to contact Jeff to find out more information. Also, the more the merrier! So, consider bringing a friend. Also, please feel free to forward this event to others through email or sharing the event on your social media. (You can use the social media icons at the top of the page to share the link.) We also encourage you to ask someone in person, “Have you ever heard of InterPlay?” And see what happens. If you don’t know what will happen, welcome to InterPlay! Trying something and not knowing what comes next can be fun, rewarding and even life transforming! . . ABOUT THE CHICAGO INTERPLAY PLAYSPACE The Chicago InterPlay PlaySpace is a recurring event that is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. All the sessions will be unique. They are “drop-in” sessions, and you can come to any that you like. As the name implies, this is a physical and social space for people to play. In InterPlay, the word “play” can mean engaging in spontaneous activity. In a sense, InterPlay can be considered a method of improvisation. However, the word improvisation is often placed into a category of developing and using specialized skills for improv comedy, improvised music solos, or improvisational dance. And oftentimes, the goal of these types of improvisation are for the enjoyment of the performers and providing entertainment for audiences. InterPlay focuses on enabling people to play with being spontaneous without focusing on developing specialized skills and without focusing on entertaining others. The purpose of play in InterPlay is more on using spontaneity for individuals to express themselves for enjoyment, self-discovery, and connecting with others. . RSVPs are helpful. If you think you’ll be coming, please RSVP so we can plan on the general group size. You are free to change your RSVP as needed up to the last minute. Also, you can still plan on coming if you decide at the last minute you’d like to attend. If possible, just contact Jeff to let him know to expect you. For everyone, feel free to forward this email to others and bring friends. As of now, people are come to events through email list, word of mouth, and Meetup. So, you’re help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated! . . EVENT DETAILS FOR INTERPLAY AND RAVENSWOOD ARTWALK 1) Saturday, November 9th, 1:00-2:30 pm : InterPlay Session. Try to arrive 5-15 minutes before the session to get settled in before we start at 1:00 pm. Please still plan on coming if you need to arrive a little later. If you can let the facilitator know if you know ahead of time or if you’re caught up in travel. . 2) FREE for 1st time participants. Suggested donation of $10-20 from returning participants. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. We want you to be here. And we can help you be here with scholarship funds. Please ask us! . 3) Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, 4300 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60613. Enter the far west door on Cullom Avenue. Follow the signs on the doors and once you’re inside. (In partnership with Ravenswood Presbyterian Church. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Ravenswood Presbyterian Church). . 4) TRANSPORTATION: 1. EASY STREET PARKING. 2. ‘L’- Montrose Brown Line (5 min walk) 3. METRA – Ravenswood (15 min walk) 4. BUSSES –Montrose(80)/Hermitage (5 min walk); 10 min walks from Damen(50)/Montrose, Clark(22)/Cullom, Irving Park(80)/Ashland, Lawrence (81)/Hermitage. 5. DIVVY (Ravenswood & Berteau Ave.) 5. Divvy (Ravenswood & Berteau Ave.)

Monthly Northside PlaySpace

Ravenswood Presbyterian Church

Discover what the buzz is all about! InterPlay has been making positive impacts on individuals and communities for 30 years [masked]). Come out to connect with others and yourself through playing with your words, movements, and voice. InterPlay has been shown over and over again to open up new possibilities for people to have fun, meet new people, grow without any pressure to do so, and the list of benefits goes on and on. . Please feel free to contact Jeff to find out more information. Also, the more the merrier! So, consider bringing a friend. Also, please feel free to forward this event to others through email or sharing the event on your social media. (You can use the social media icons at the top of the page to share the link.) We also encourage you to ask someone in person, “Have you ever heard of InterPlay?” And see what happens. If you don’t know what will happen, welcome to InterPlay! Trying something and not knowing what comes next can be fun, rewarding and even life transforming! . . ABOUT THE CHICAGO INTERPLAY PLAYSPACE The Chicago InterPlay PlaySpace is a recurring event that is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. All the sessions will be unique. They are “drop-in” sessions, and you can come to any that you like. As the name implies, this is a physical and social space for people to play. In InterPlay, the word “play” can mean engaging in spontaneous activity. In a sense, InterPlay can be considered a method of improvisation. However, the word improvisation is often placed into a category of developing and using specialized skills for improv comedy, improvised music solos, or improvisational dance. And oftentimes, the goal of these types of improvisation are for the enjoyment of the performers and providing entertainment for audiences. InterPlay focuses on enabling people to play with being spontaneous without focusing on developing specialized skills and without focusing on entertaining others. The purpose of play in InterPlay is more on using spontaneity for individuals to express themselves for enjoyment, self-discovery, and connecting with others. . RSVPs are helpful. If you think you’ll be coming, please RSVP so we can plan on the general group size. You are free to change your RSVP as needed up to the last minute. Also, you can still plan on coming if you decide at the last minute you’d like to attend. If possible, just contact Jeff to let him know to expect you. For everyone, feel free to forward this email to others and bring friends. As of now, people are come to events through email list, word of mouth, and Meetup. So, you’re help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated! . . EVENT DETAILS FOR INTERPLAY AND RAVENSWOOD ARTWALK 1) Saturday, December 14th, 1:00-2:30 pm : InterPlay Session. Try to arrive 5-15 minutes before the session to get settled in before we start at 1:00 pm. Please still plan on coming if you need to arrive a little later. If you can let the facilitator know if you know ahead of time or if you’re caught up in travel. . 2) FREE for 1st time participants. Suggested donation of $10-20 from returning participants. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. We want you to be here. And we can help you be here with scholarship funds. Please ask us! . 3) Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, 4300 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60613. Enter the far west door on Cullom Avenue. Follow the signs on the doors and once you’re inside. (In partnership with Ravenswood Presbyterian Church. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Ravenswood Presbyterian Church). . 4) TRANSPORTATION: 1. EASY STREET PARKING. 2. ‘L’- Montrose Brown Line (5 min walk) 3. METRA – Ravenswood (15 min walk) 4. BUSSES –Montrose(80)/Hermitage (5 min walk); 10 min walks from Damen(50)/Montrose, Clark(22)/Cullom, Irving Park(80)/Ashland, Lawrence (81)/Hermitage. 5. DIVVY (Ravenswood & Berteau Ave.) 5. Divvy (Ravenswood & Berteau Ave.)

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