InterPlay was created by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, who have developed the practice for over twenty years. It is a philosophy and practice that builds artistic skill, leadership ability and develops strong community. It’s an easy-to-learn, creative process that uses movement, storytelling, voice, and contact – but does so in ways that don’t require particular skill or even nerve. Typically a class begins with a warm-up and then moves into a series of “forms” – incremental activities, simple and easy structures, involving interactions with one or more participant – in an accepting, non-judgemental atmosphere. InterPlay balances experience with reflection and activity.Interplay is a worldwide community of artist-activists who believe in their ability to change the world through freedom of expression.
What happens in a typical Interplay class?
Although InterPlay classes can take different shapes, a class will generally begin with a warm-up and then move into a series of what we call InterPlay “forms,” which are simple structures for playing with movement, stories and voice. There are a few basic forms and then variations of those.
The forms are taught incrementally, and are easy-to-learn, and if there are new people in the class, we go over the basics as needed. Over the course of a class, or a series of classes, participants will learn several if not many ways to play with “what a body can do.”
Most of the forms involve interaction with at least one or a few other people, providing excellent ways to connect easily with others. You won’t be put “on the spot” and there are many ways that you get to choose what you will do or not do. In the process you learn more about how your body works, what is possible, how to find the greatest amount of ease in the process.
You get to play a lot with your own “information.” You will also learn to move through self-consciousness in easy ways. 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 thought.
InterPlay is now practised in over 50 cities and on six continents, and has become a proven means of creating communities of diversity and acceptance.
“InterPlay is an amazing system.
No dogma, no trips, no boxes you have to fit into. Very powerful. I played like I haven’t done since I was a kid. It allows the best in us to come out”.
~ Barrie Barton,