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Feb. 6- June 5, 2018: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Staten Island, NY
Midsummer Night's Dream

This is an after-school Shakespeare Residency for 4th and 5th grade students. Approximately 4 Initial workshops will introduce the entire group to the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" so that once the students break off into three separate groups (actors, set designers and costume designers) all students have an understanding of the play, know the plot and are familiar with the characters so that they can produce a coherent design for the play. Once the group has divided by artistic discipline, Cynthia Babak, the SA teaching-artist will work solely with the actors to block and rehearse scenes from the play in preparation for the culminating performance on June 5.
ADDRESS: 55 Layton Ave. , Staten Island, NY

November 2-June 8, 2018: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - New York, New York

For the first time in our 12 year partnership with MIHS, Strike Anywhere teaching-artists will partner with global studies teachers at this school for recent immigrants. Students will explore U.S. history experientially through improv, playwriting, character studies and scene work.
VENUE: Manhattan International High School
ADDRESS: 317,E 67th St , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 517-6728

May 31-June 1, 2018: Live Composition Festival - Brooklyn, NY

Strike Anywhere has teamed up with Letter of Marque Ensemble to co-produce the LIVE-COMPOSITION FESTIVAL.

Thursday, May 31 - Leese Walker Soundpaints Bluebird Red Leaves (Dance), Casual FreyDay with Sam Day Harmet & Julia Frey and headlining that night is Letter of Marque Theater Co.

Friday, June 1 - House of Worms (BIT Improv Group). Brooklyn Soundpainting Orchestra with Tomi Tusnoda, and headlining that night is the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. Open Jam from 10pm each night!

VENUE: G & S Loft
ADDRESS: 255 Douglass St , Brooklyn, NY
May 31-June 1, 2018: 8PM Opening Set; 9PM Headliner; 10PM After-Hours Jam Session
The Festival will highlight some of the finest live-composers including some of the best Soundpainters from here and abroad. SOUNDPAINTING is the live-composing sign language for improvising musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. The language is comprised of over 1500 gestures. Soundpainting allows a composer/conductor to sculpt group improvisations in real-time.

September 20-23, 2018: PoP Up - Tours, France
PoP Up Premieres in Tours, France

Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), «PoP Up» is an artistic treasure hunt. The public is guided to a series of 15 site-specific performances via clues on a hand-painted map. Over the course of 3-4 days, performances pop-up on the street, in windows, parks, plazas and businesses throughout one neighborhood. These short apparitions of music, dance, theater and/or visual art are inspired by interviews with local residents and business owners about that neighborhood. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to shift how people perceive those places and to connect community members through art. The performances are manipulated through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) are two of the top Soundpainting ensembles in the world.
VENUE: Quartier des 2 Lions
ADDRESS: , Tours, France
September 20-23, 2018: TBD
«PoP Up» connects people through place. The creative team gathers local anecdotes, dreams and impressions of a neighborhood which they transform into site-specific performances. As one audience member exclaimed, "Usually it is a hurricane that brings people together on the street, talking to one another. How wonderful, that in this case, it is art."

In 2016-17, co-directors Angélique Cormier (TSO) and Leese Walker (SA) were awarded the prestigious "Écrire Pour La Rue" grant from the SACD, La Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, allowing the duo to expand the creative team by adding a cartographer and a project coordinator. The team solidified the form and process of the show over the course of a year performing three residencies at Pôle des Arts Urbains. In 2018, the team will perform another series of development residencies at Lieux Public in Marseille, France.

October 19-23, 2018: PoP Up - Marseille, France
Final Development Residency for PoP Up

This residency in Marseille will allow the "PoP Up" team to critically analyze their performance in Tours and to make any final changes to the piece before publishing and touring the work. The focus of the residency will be on sound.

«PoP Up» is an artistic treasure hunt designed to spark communication and connection between community members. Short, site-specific pieces of music, theater, dance and visual art appear on the street, in windows, parks, plazas and businesses of a specific neighborhood. The performances are inspired by real stories collected through interviews with local residents and business owners. Artists meet one-on-one with locals to gather stories about the neighborhood. French cartographer, Julien Rodriguez, then transmutes the stories into a pictorial, hand-drawn map which provides clues about the location of the performances. Neighborhood stories are refracted through the lens of music, dance, visual art or theater appearing in the very place where the story was collected or took place. The material is further transformed by a composer/conductor who sculpts the artists' performances through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Pieces are poetic, transitory, alternately abstract, hilarious or poignant but always surprising. The project is designed to connect people by highlighting the extraordinary within the ordinary; to shift the way we see a familiar space by peeping into the desires and concerns of the inhabitants through poetic, momentary dreamscapes.

VENUE: Lieux Public
ADDRESS: 225 Avenue des Aygalades , Marseille, France
PHONE: 33 (0) 4 91 03 81 28
October 19-23, 2018: TBD
The project is a collaboration between the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NY, NY) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (Tours, France). In March 2018, the creative team mapped and conducted interviews in the St. Henri neighborhood of Marseille.The collected interview material will inspire the treasure hunt map as well as "performance palettes" or short compositions of music, theater, and/or visual art. The compositions are then remixed through the soundpainting language in performance.

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