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Buzz Session - Never going to keep me down!

  • Guthrie Theater 818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)

"We get knocked down, we get up again. You're never gonna keep me down....."

This Buzz Session is all about standing up to "it" (whatever that "it" is for you). It's about listening to that voice that tells you "don't give up now" or finding your voice to tell others what you need. It's also about taking care of yourself, and others, in the process. 

As we ask more or different things from those we know, odds are that we'll get disappointed. If we're going to put ourselves out there, we need thick skins to deal with those who may not embrace our new paths. 

Enter Annie Enneking - actor, stage combat expert, musician - as she leads us through a unique session at the renowned Guthrie Theater. She will lead us through a "contest of generosity" as you experience the unique art of stage combat. You will learn fun and basic stage techniques of choreography for a convincing slap, punch and fall. This is an on-your-feet experience with safeguards and watchful instruction designed to ensure that no one gets hurt. Annie will also share her story of her unconventional multi-faced career - hers is no typical office job. 

While what you learn will be "just theater" you never know what strength it will give you........especially when surrounded by other women.  

So, join us! Create connections with other women who are changing their path, laugh a bit, surprise yourself, and walk away buzzing to do more. We hope to see you! 


(Photo credit: Pioneer Press: Ginger Pinson)


More event information


5:50pm: Meet in Guthrie Lobby

6:00-7:30pm - Session led by Annie Enneking, Guthrie Rehearsal Rooms on the 8th floor of Theater. 

7:30-9:00pm - Happy Hour at Sea Change (cash bar - complimentary drink to first 10 tickets bought for event!)

Parking: super easy - ramps across from the Guthrie and parking meters along the street. Parking is not validated. 

Wear clothes you can move easily in and some water! 


More on Annie and her class

Annie Enneking is a musician, actor, and fight director. After thirty-five years as a performer, she has acted and/or created stage combat on most every stage in the Twin Cities. She quit theater for a while in her twenties to focus on dance, and toured professionally with Danny Buraczeski's JAZZDANCE and with Shawn McConneloug and Her Orchestra. Annie is an Associate Instructor and recognized Fight Director with Dueling Arts International. Her passion for stage combat is the meshing of her love for both acting and dance. She is a teaching artist in various capacities (writing, acting, combat) at the History Theatre, the University of Minnesota, The Children's Theatre, The Guthrie, and Park Square Theater. She fronts and founded the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang, with whom she has recorded three albums. She lives by the river with her two daughters (both writers and thinkers) and her husband, a firefighter and writer. 

The Art of Stage Combat 

The art of stage combat calls us to be the most generous people we can be, and to take really good care of another human being. It asks that we are good partners: fully present, asking for what we need, and maintaining safety measures so that we can create the illusion of violence, making stories with our bodies. In this workshop, we'll play with the basics of stage fighting, moving in slow motion to create slaps, shoves, (non-contact) punches, and hair pulls. We'll focus on how the body flows, principles of "stickiness," and how to use weight shifts to sell the action of the scene, which we'll create from the techniques we have learned! 

Annie Enneking

Annie Enneking

Earlier Event: June 4
Meet Up
Later Event: June 3
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