InterPlay World News

InterPlay is Sneaking Up on 25 Years

Body & Soul circa 1984And the celebrating is about to begin!

This fall, InterPlay will be 25 years old. And we’re imagining a whole variety of ways that the InterPlay community can participate in celebrating. We plan for the party to go on for a good long time. How often do you get to mark such an important occasion?

Watch for details about what might happen during this time of savoring and fun.

A bit of the history...

In the Fall of 1989, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter offered the first workshop in a process they had named InterPlay.

The two had already been close friends and collaborators for almost ten years in a modern dance company called Body & Soul. Along with their colleague Judith Rock (at right in the photo above with Cynthia & Phil, probably from about 1984), they choreographed, performed and taught together all over the country and even beyond.

InterPlay 25th Year logoThe work that Body & Soul did to explore the wonderful connections between physicality and spirituality was an important precursor to what came next. When Judith moved to New York, the company members went their separate ways, but it wasn&rsquop;t long before Cynthia and Phil reconnected to pursue their continued interest in creativity, revelation, wholeness and play.

They chose to focus on their shared interest in improvisation both as a performance modality and a way of exploring personal and community awareness. So they invited a bunch of their friends to come play (and to pay for it!) and they got together with Leo Keegan and Debra Weir to create the first performance of WING IT Performance Ensemble!

And the fun began.

For the past 25 years, the InterPlay philosophy and technique has continued to develop and grow and now folks are doing InterPlay in all sorts of different cities, states and countries in many different settings.

We will be plotting and planning ways to celebrate. If you have great ideas to add, let us know!

“Give InterPlay Day” Declared a Rousing Success

Give InterPlay Day 2014Over $23,500 was raised from across the country and around the world as part of Give InterPlay Day on May 7, 2014.

This includes a matching pool of funds contributed by the Board of Directors of Body Wisdom, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all InterPlay programs and activities, and some other generous lead donors.

This year’s campaign raised funds for nine different projects initiated by InterPlayers from across the country and around the world.

  • InterPlay Race Dances Project  $2,105
    Using InterPlay to deal with issues of race and racism
  • InterPlay Community Service Projects  $1,660
    Sharing InterPlay in communities on the margin
  • The Seattle Young Leaders Fund  $1,435
    Supporting young leaders in InterPlay training programs
  • InterPlay in India  $880
    Supporting a burgeoning InterPlay community in several cities in India
  • InterPlay with Atlanta Survivors of Sex Trafficking  $1,513
    A special program developed by leaders in Atlanta
  • InterPlay Proof Project  $940
    Gathering data on the effectiveness of InterPlay in the moment and over time
  • InterPlay Special Leaders Fund  $700
    Providing scholarships for promising leaders
  • InterPlay Millennial Art & Social Change Program  $2,240
    Underwriting the costs for young artist/activists in this two-week summer program
  • Support InterPlay  $12,090
    Providing general support for projects and leaders around the world

Although the buzz has been spreading about this initiative for several weeks, contributors had just one day to click their votes of support online. Almost 200 people participated. Supporters live as far away as Germany, Australia and India, so this one-day online event crossed many time zones.

Missed the party? You can still contribute!

Here are some of the notes people shared on Give INTERPLAY Day:

“I am leading Interplay in central Minnesota—the land of granite‚Ķstrong, grounded and slow to moving here is an incredible event.... Personally Interplay has been one of the most transformative practices of my life. The simple but profound tools have brought me back to my body and brought integration and balance to my mind, body, and spirit. Thank you Interplay!!!!!”

“Thank you to all of the members of the Oakland InterPlay Community for the wonderful performances I have experienced. They were thought provoking, entertaining and enriched my life. That is the reason I have donated to the Interplay Community Service Projects 2014 because I want people who are living on the margins of our communities to experience InterPlay”

“InterPlay has become such an integrated part of my life that I forget how oftern I use it. InterPlay has been a bridge in connecting my body, spirit and heart together. Through the easy affirmation of letting the “brains of our body” lead us, I have found a fuller way of knowing within myself....and did it with joy. What a rich and vibrant gift it is to the world!!”

Thank you to everyone who participated on Give INTERPLAY Day!

Free InterPlay Sample! Every First Sunday

Every first Sunday of the month, we offer an InterPlay Free Sample. The next one is on Sunday, August 3, from 2:00-3:15 pm in Oakland.

A free and easy “welcome” to InterPlay! Come for a sample of InterPlay’s passionate, effective approach to changing the world! Easy, fun, life-changing! Learn about the latest and greatest developments in InterPlay and find out why InterPlay has spread around the world.

2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
A few blocks from the Oakland 19th St. BART station.

Read why it might be important to give free rein to your right brain!

InterPlay Blogs

Read more about a wide variety of InterPlay-related topics on one of the three InterPlay blogs.

InterPlay Body Wisdom Blog

Items by Phil Porter about basic InterPlay wisdom for both individuals and groups.

Virtual Friday Morning InterPlay

Each week, Cynthia Winton-Henry creates a virtual InterPlay experience including stories, music, video, poetry and suggestions for simple dances. Get your InterPlay “fix” even if you can’t make it to a class.

Cynthia’s Monday Emails

Each Monday, Cynthia shares observations and ideas in emails she sends to core members of the InterPlay community. This blog is a collection of those emails.


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