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CONSENT & COMMUNICATION WORKSHOPS

In February 2019, Hera's first event was a day of workshops for performers working in opera on 'Consent and Communication'. In the immediate aftermath of #MeToo we wanted to address the fact that people working in the arts, including opera, hadn't always worked in the safe environment they deserve. We'd heard horror stories, and had bad experiences, and we wanted to do something positive.

The day included:

  • A practical workshop exploring staging intimacy with 'consensual creativity' facilitated by Yarit Dor, Intimacy Co-ordinator and Movement Director

  • A workshop on sexual harassment facilitated by Rachel Vogler of Houselights, finding out: what it is, how we can respond to it, and how we can support others. 

  • An industry panel, with representatives of opera companies and unions.

WHAT NEXT?

Since 2019, a lot has changed. Intimacy Co-ordinators are much more common, if not yet standard, in the rehearsal room. But too much remains the same. We're now partnering with iOpera to look at producing an online version of the Consent and Communication workshop. 

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yarit dor
intimacy co-ordinator

laura spark
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houselights
 

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