Medicine by the Book explores relations between movement, imagination and the body’s capacity to heal

Beauty and humor guide the way for, Margot Greenlee’s Medicine by the Book;

Performance explores the relationship between movement, imagination and the body’s inherent capacity to heal

MOUNT RAINIER, MD – With beauty and humor, Margot Greenlee’s Medicine by the Book is a hybrid of performance and conversation that explores the relationship between movement, imagination and the body’s inherent capacity to heal.

Inspired by her experiences as a resident choreographer in healthcare settings across the greater DC region, Greenlee has created a work that combines the excitement of performance with the satisfaction of meaningful discussion and creative involvement.  A presentation of her work will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD.  Part show and part conversation, the audience will be involved in every aspect of developing and commenting on the work.  At each performance there is a medical expert interviewed by Greenlee; on this date that guest will be Dr. Jane Clark, Dean of the UMD School of Public Health.

The subject matter of each performance is based on the expert in the room; however, the movement material does not change. Audience interaction is in response to the subject matter.   At the November 4th performance, the subject will be a book written about Tom’s River where there was a terrible hazardous waste accident that affected the health of a whole region.  The piece features a group of five actors who will weave together compelling scenes from book, portraying the daily frustrations and long-range aspirations of healthcare professionals.  Medicine by the Bookreveals the power of our creative minds to heal our ailing bodies.

Medicine by the Book is part of NextLOOK, a partnership between The Clarice Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and Joe’s designed to present a series designed for artists whose works are in the research and development phase of creation. Regionally-based artists are given time, space and dollars to develop new work, in addition to having opportunities to deepen audience interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.  Greenlee’s work was one of five selected from 50 applications to be part of NextLOOK, selected by a panel of community members and artists for the 2015-2016 season.

For more information, contact Neena Narayanan at 301-699-1819 or

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ABOUT JOE’S:  Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences.  Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well-respected nonprofit organizations in the region.


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