A dancing writer? An intellectual circus artist? Revolva is always a bit surprised—that other folks are so surprised. Musicality, timing, voice and character are basic building blocks of writing and performing, and over the years, Revolva’s pursuit of both has deepened her understanding of each.
Under her daytime alias, Revolva has written for national mags, an alt newsweekly, non-profit/activist endeavors, and big-name clients such as EA Games. In 2006, she left her hometown—Detroit, MI—when she beat out hundreds of other applicants to become one of six graduate students chosen to attend University of Oregon’s MFA Fiction program.
She exited the program, stage left, after a year, when her gigs picked up. The decision was a no-brainer, however, as she already had one Master’s degree in English Literature (Wayne State University), as well as a BA in Creative Writing (University of Michigan). Too many advanced degrees are redundant, and reading words such as “hegemony” and “didactic” repeatedly can really bite into rehearsal time.
Living the good word
These days, Revolva balances working the stage, with working the page—touring and performing, laptop in tow, often writing for clients along the way. She’s also developed her own cult following as a blogger, garnering over a million hits for this piece on paying artists and nearly 40,000 hits for her post “Do you have a job?” She even caused other professional hoop artists to cite her in their official bios when her blog’s parody “Revolvies” annual hula hoop awards posts really took off.
On her unique multi-arts path, Revolva is increasingly dedicated to approaching creativity as one gigantic pool, in which we can drown completely in the flow of one art form into another.
What the hell does THAT mean?
It means Revolva is developing workshops and presentations that unite storytelling and the movement arts. Exercises that trick your brain into forgetting everything it’s been taught about “specialization” and help you remember what it’s like to be creative with every ounce of one’s body, mind and soul. To be an adult—and simultaneously, to be a purely open child.
Fusing the scribble with the wobble, in the classroom
In 2008, Revolva first presented a class called “Ignition: Writing your hoopdance” at the international conference Hoop Convergence (Carrboro, NC). In subsequent years, she has taught it to hoopers around the world under the title “Scribble Wobble.” In the class, journaling and drawing exercises are combined with corresponding hoop movements, to erase the division between body and mind, and to help unleash a new level of innovation.
Drawing on her own experience writing in a variety of settings, Revolva is also currently in the process of shifting this “movement meets written work” material for presentations in the corporate and academic worlds. Office workers and academics of the world, get ready to hoop.
So you’re telling me it’s possible to have it all?
In our culture, “having it all” normally applies to whether or not we can work while simultaneously having children. Revolva’s version of “having it all” applies to whether or not we can navigate any path we wish while simultaneously being children. Can we maintain our sense of wonder about life? Doing so involves tearing down walls we’ve built within ourselves.
Language has rhythm. Internalizing dance steps or throwing objects through space in just the right pattern makes for a better understanding of the way language can move a reader. On the flip side, dance conveys meaning, and molding a story into the perfect arc has always informed what Revolva does on stage. With no good reason NOT to continue writing and moving, Revolva believes she somehow wound up, in her own unique way, having a more holistic existence that she would have if she’s followed society’s advice to choose a straight and narrow path, over a round one.
To hire Revolva as a writer, click here. To book a writing/movement class at your organization, drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.