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August 30-September 3, 2017: Soundpainting - Tours, France
DES RUE COLBERT

"Des Rues Colbert..." is an international collaboration between the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NY,NY) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (Tours, France). The ensembles will soundpaint stories from the Rue Colbert section of Tours. The piece is site-specific and will take place throughout the Rue Colbert neighborhood. "Des Rues Colbert..." is a project designed to shift perspective; to inject wonder, delight and poetry into everyday life. The piece is a collage of original scenes, soundscapes and images designed to disrupt the way we see the quotidian. The performance is a self-directed experience of discovery. Scenes will take place in the supermarket, on balconies, in the laundromat, in windows and alleys in the rue Colbert pedestrian section of Tours. Audience members will be issued maps to locate the scenes, and they will be invited to contribute to the final soundpainting.
VENUE: Rue Colbert
ADDRESS: Pedestrian Section Rue Colbert, Tours, France
EMAIL: ts.orchestra@wanadoo.fr
WEBSITE: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
August 30-September 3, 2017: TBD
Gratuit!


October 2016-June 2017: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - New York, New York
SA CELEBRATES 11 YEARS OF WORKING WITH IMMIGRANT YOUTH AT MIHS

This year marks SA's 11th year at Manhattan International High School (MIHS). This NYC public high school serves recently arrived immigrant youth. SA has been a trusted partner at the school, applying theatrical techniques in the classroom to help teachers teach their curriculum in an active, hands-on way. This year, we will work with Bonnie MacSaveny's senior classes building interpersonal communication skills through theater. As their final project, students will perform original scenes within a soundpainting, working alongside the professional performers of Strike Anywhere.
VENUE: Manhattan International High School
ADDRESS: 317,E 67th St , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 517-6728
WEBSITE: http://mihs.nycdoe.org/
On Strike Anywhere's Program: "Students are more apt to participate in class after they go through the program. They feel more confident about what they're able to do. Their writing starts to improve. They start to ask a lot of questions and also seek a lot of help and I really think it has a lot to do with the theater program." - Former M.I.H.S. Principal Alan Krull


June 19-30, 2017: Soundpainting - Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
VENUE: pOlau - pôle des Arts Urbains
ADDRESS: 20 Rue des Grands Mortiers , Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
PHONE: 33 2 47 67 55 90
EMAIL: contact@polau.org
WEBSITE: http://www.polau.org/le-polau
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present, the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). S.A.'s Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997. She was the first actor to be soundpainted and she helped Thompson to adapt the language for use in theater. Strike Anywhere's musicians have worked with the W.T.O. since the late eighties. The language is practiced world-wide with the most exciting new developments happening in France. The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra is on the vanguard of the soundpainting movement and is well respected for their experience and innovations with the form.


April 10-18, 2017: Soundpainting - Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
VENUE: pOlau - pôle des Arts Urbains
ADDRESS: 20 Rue des Grands Mortiers , Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
PHONE: 33 2 47 67 55 90
EMAIL: contact@polau.org
WEBSITE: http://www.polau.org/le-polau
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present, the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). S.A.'s Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997. She was the first actor to be soundpainted and she helped Thompson to adapt the language for use in theater. Strike Anywhere's musicians have worked with the W.T.O. since the late eighties. The language is practiced world-wide with the most exciting new developments happening in France. The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra is on the vanguard of the soundpainting movement and is well respected for their experience and innovations with the form.


January 26-29, 2017: Soundpainting - Austin, TX
THE BOWIE PROJECT 3

Exploring the music and shapeshifting identity of David Bowie, members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will return to Austin, TX to collaborate once again with Ariel Dance Theatre and Bowie tribute band, The Super Creeps, to create a Soundpainting extravaganza about the mercurial musician and the era and gender politics that he moved within. "The Bowie Project" premiered in January 2014, was revived in 2015 and was nominated for half a dozen Austin Critics Table Awards over the course of both years including: Best Dance Concert, Best Sound Design and winning Best Dancer for Alyson Dolan.
VENUE: Ironwood Hall
ADDRESS: 505 E 7th St , Austin, TX
PHONE: (512) 320-0270
WEBSITE: http://www.ironwoodhall.com
TICKETS: http://thebowieproject.bpt.me/
January 26-29, 2017: 8PM
"Local choreographer Ariel and New York theatre artist Walker of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble have assembled a company of artists whose work flows together with little sense of where one art form ends and another begins, of which contribution belongs to whom." -Austin Chronicle

"This production was almost impeccable in every way one could imagine. Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre has taken the best of improv in dance, music, and theatre and thrown them all together in The Bowie Project: A Rock & Roll Soundpainting. And while improvisation in all those forms is not universally admired by people who enjoy the performing arts, this show will make believers, if not lovers, of almost everyone who gets a chance to see it." -Examiner.com

"The Bowie Project suffered only from a disappointingly short run at Stateside at the Paramount. Avid fans may insist on a revival of the show soon, although reassembling such a talented ensemble may prove difficult. Bowie fans everywhere can watch and advocate for its return and wide touring." David Robinson, Austin Theater Examiner 


December 2, 2016-February 2, 2017: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, NY
WHAT YOU WILL...

"What You Will..." is a project in which 7th grade ELL, Special Education and General Education students will explore issues of gender and identity through theater. Students will examine prescribed roles in Shakespeares play "As You Like It" and will make connections to cultural, social and political roles today. They will see a professional production of "As You Like It" by the Irondale Ensemble and a teaching-artist from Strike Anywhere and Irondale will team-teach a 12-session residency. The primary artistic discipline will be acting/playwriting. The culminating event will take place at Irondale, on the same stage where the students saw "As You Like It."
VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave, , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org


November 3-14, 2016: Soundpainting - Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
VENUE: pOlau - pôle des Arts Urbains
ADDRESS: 20 Rue des Grands Mortiers , Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
PHONE: 33 2 47 67 55 90
EMAIL: contact@polau.org
WEBSITE: http://www.polau.org/le-polau
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present, the language comprises over 1500 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). S.A.'s Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997. She was the first actor to be soundpainted and she helped Thompson to adapt the language for use in theater. Strike Anywhere's musicians have worked with the W.T.O. since the late eighties. The language is practiced world-wide with the most exciting new developments happening in France. The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra is on the vanguard of the soundpainting movement and is well respected for their experience and innovations with the form.


TUESDAYS September 27-November 1, 2016: Master Class Series - New York, New York
THE JOY OF INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPROV - AN INTRO TO SOUNDPAINTING

This six-week workshop is a dynamic and playful introduction to inter-disciplinary improvisation through Soundpainting. Soundpainting is a sign language. The conductor/composer signs to the performers indicating the type of improvisation desired. Performers shape their improvisation according to the signs. Soundpainting can be used to remix scored music, deepen an actor's understanding of a character, review material for a test, build a team, improve communication skills, or to simply devise something new! Each Soundpainting is a spontaneously created, original composition. The class will be taught by Strike Anywhere's founder and Artistic Director, Leese Walker. The class is open to everyone: musicians, teachers, dancers, business people, amateur and professional performers alike. All that is required is an open-mind and a desire to play!
VENUE: Altered Stages
ADDRESS: 150 West 28th Street Suite 303, New York, New York
EMAIL: office@strikeanywhere.info
TICKETS: http://www.strikeanywhere.info/classes.cfm
TUESDAYS September 27-November 1, 2016: 8:00-10:00 PM
$225 ($200 if you register before 9/20)
The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974. It has evolved from a sign language for conducting musicians to a truly interdisciplinary compositional language. It is currently practiced in 33 countries with international festivals and symposia devoted to the form.

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was the first actor to be Soundpainted and was critical in helping Thompson adapt the language for theater. She is one of only 5 practitioners in the United States who is certified as a Multi-disciplinary Level 1 & 2 Soundpainter. She has performed and taught Soundpainting at festivals and conferences nationwide as well as in multiple cities in France, Italy, England, Spain and Indonesia. Leese has co-directed several large scale Soundpaintings with the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble including "Macbeth Variations" (Paris 2008, Brooklyn 2009), "The Bowie Project" (Austin, TX 2014, 2015) and "Des Rues Colbert" (Tours, France 2015, 2017). She has also used Soundpainting to: boost the confidence of English Language Learners (ELL Students), devise scripts with writers, explore teaching practice with educators and inspire the developmentally disabled to express themselves with joy and ease.


October 26, 2016: Master Class Series - New York, New York
Classroom Management for Teaching-Artists

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, will lead recent graduates of Circle in the Square's Theatre School in a master class on Classroom Management for Teaching-Artists. Participants will walk away from the workshop with a tool kit of engaging exercises which they can apply immediately in the classroom.
VENUE: Circle in the Square Theatre School
ADDRESS: 1633 Broadway , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 307-0388
WEBSITE: http://www.circlesquare.org/
October 26, 2016: 10:00AM-12:00PM


September 26, 2016: Master Class Series - New York, New York
SOUNDPAINTING MASTER CLASS FOR VETERAN TEACHING-ARTISTS

Leese Walker will teach a special Soundpainting master class to the teaching-artists in Lincoln Center's Learning English and Drama Program (LEAD program). The LEAD Project promotes English language acquisition and learning through theater. Walker will customize the class to allow teaching-artists to experience Soundpainting as a review technique in the classroom, a way to deepen character in rehearsal and as a way for students to explore literature through structured improvisation.
VENUE: Lincoln Center Theater
ADDRESS: 150 West 65th Street , New York, New York
PHONE: 212.501.3229
WEBSITE: http://www.lct.org/explore/education/lead-project/
September 26, 2016: TBD
This class is not open to the public.

A Soundpainting series open to everyone will be held in NYC this fall and the info is listed below!


August 14-19, 2016: Teaching Artist Training - New York, New York
SA's ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LEESE WALKER TO TEACH FOR 7TH YEAR AT T.T.I.

THEATRICAL TEACHING INSTITUTE (T.T.I.) is a six-day opportunity for educators and teaching artists to add to their toolkit of teaching strategies and to stimulate their own intellect and creativity by exploring Roundabout's Theatrical Teaching Framework, which posits that every great lesson has the elements of a great play.

The workshop is co-led and was co-designed over the past 7 years by Leese Walker, Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director. The hands-on seminar provides teachers and teaching-artists with experiential techniques to enliven their classrooms. Participants will delve into devising original artwork with Walker each afternoon and will be treated to a ticket to "The Humans" on Broadway which will be referenced during the course. TA's and teachers can expect to walk away from the week reinvigorated and newly inspired to bring their classroom curriculum to life by applying the theatrical teaching methods they learn over the course of the week.

VENUE: Roundabout Theatre
ADDRESS: American Airlines Theatre 227 W 42nd St, New York, New York
EMAIL: education@roundabouttheatre.org
WEBSITE: http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Teach-Learn/School-Programs/Professional-Development/TTI.aspx
August 14-19, 2016: 9:30-5:00PM
$450
This workshop is useful and applicable to all classroom teachers. The activities were rich, fruitful, and thoughtful. It is a great opportunity to be a more effective teacher." Jane Tran, P141K Special Education Teacher


October 26-June 9, 2016: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - New York, New York
SA CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WORKING WITH IMMIGRANT YOUTH AT MIHS

This year marks SA's 10th year at Manhattan International High School (MIHS). This NYC public high school serves recently arrived immigrant youth. SA has been a trusted partner at the school, applying theatrical techniques in the classroom to help teachers teach their curriculum in an active, hands-on way. This year, we will work with Bonnie MacSaveny's senior classes building interpersonal communication skills through theater. As their final project, students will perform original scenes within a soundpainting, working alongside the professional performers of Strike Anywhere.
VENUE: Manhattan International High School
ADDRESS: 317,E 67th St , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 517-6728
WEBSITE: http://mihs.nycdoe.org/
On Strike Anywhere's Program: "Students are more apt to participate in class after they go through the program. They feel more confident about what they're able to do. Their writing starts to improve. They start to ask a lot of questions and also seek a lot of help and I really think it has a lot to do with the theater program."

- Former M.I.H.S. Principal Alan Krull


May 22, 2016: Benefit Performance - Brooklyn, NY
FRENCH TOAST! A BED-STUY BRUNCH to benefit the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble

Celebrate Strike Anywheres triumphant return from France with a French Toast!

Student-stars from J.K.O. High School will Soundpaint an excerpt from their latest show.

Mimosas, Music & Merriment!

VENUE: The Charles-Pierre Residence
ADDRESS: 847 Putnam Ave , Brooklyn, NY
May 22, 2016: 1:00-4:00 PM
$35-$75


May 6, 2016: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMS AT NYC SOUNDPAINTING FESTIVAL

For three days and nights, Williamsburg's Firehouse will host NYC's 3rd Annual Soundpainting Festival. The festival will feature performances by the country's leading Soundpainting ensembles and an intensive workshop with Soundpainting inventor, Walter Thompson. Soundpainting is the live-composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Walter Thompson headlines the festival, leading his NY-based Walter Thompson Orchestra all three nights. The festival will feature six different ensembles, led by six different Soundpainters. Each ensemble will showcase its unique application of the Soundpainting language as they sculpt the improvisations of actors, dancers and musicians. Walter Thompson will offer a Soundpainting intensive on Saturday. This is a rare stateside visit by Thompson and an opportunity to study with the inventor of the language himself.
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
May 6, 2016: 9:00 PM
$12 Door $10 Advance/Student
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble is an inter-disciplinary ensemble theater that has been generating original performance pieces since 1997. The permanent ensemble is comprised of some of N.Y.C.s finest jazz musicians and top improvisers from the downtown theater and dance scene. SA performances always feature live music, physical theater and modern dance. The company applies structures and concepts from American jazz to their inter-disciplinary improvisations to create performances that are startlingly alive. Strike Anywhere has toured nationally and internationally. The company has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Airlines Theatre, The Irondale Center, The Zipper Factory, P.S. 122, and HERE Arts Center. Additionally Strike Anywhere has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI and German Public Radio.


April 22, 2016: Soundpainting - NY , NY
THE WORTH OF WATER

THE WORTH OF WATER is a Soundpainted collage about water. Soundpainting is the live-composing, sign-language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. Presently, the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the improvising performers. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974. It has evolved into an interdisciplinary compositional language now practiced in 33 countries.

Students from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School will perform alongside of Strike Anywhere's professional ensemble of jazz musicians, dancers and actors. The project is a collaboration between Roundabout Theatre Company's Education Department, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. The show is the culmination of a two-month, school-wide residency by Strike Anywhere in the school.

VENUE: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
ADDRESS: 120 West 46 Street , NY , NY
PHONE: (212) 391-1293
WEBSITE: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/02/M529
April 22, 2016: 2 PM & 7:00PM
$5 (Purchase at Door)
"Strike Anywhere merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience,  a happening, in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." - Asbury Park Press


March 30, 2016: Workshops - New York, NY
Artistic Director Leese Walker to Lead Master Class in Devising
VENUE: The Actors Studio Drama School
ADDRESS: One Pace Plaza , New York, NY
PHONE: 800.874. PACE
WEBSITE: http://www.pace.edu/dyson/departments/actors-studio-drama-school
March 30, 2016: 11:00am-1:00pm


December 14-17, 2015: Residency: Soundpainting - Fort Worth, TX
SOUNDPAINTING INTENSIVE

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, will lead a series of Soundpainting Master Classes for student musicians, actors and dancers at Timber Creek. The intensive will culminate in a performance for peers and parents.
VENUE: Timber Creek High School
ADDRESS: 12350 Timberland Blvd , Fort Worth, TX
PHONE: (817) 744-2300
WEBSITE: http://campus.kellerisd.net/schools/TCH-005/Pages/default.aspx


October 8, 2015: Teaching Artist Training - New York, New York
Master Class on Classroom Management

How does a teaching-artist address the needs of a group and keep a classroom running smoothly? SA's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will lead recent graduates of Circle in the Square's Conservatory program in a master class on managing a classroom. Leese has been working as a teaching-artist in NYC public schools since 1992. She will share techniques for reading the room and adjusting to meet the needs of the group. This is an experiential workshop.
VENUE: Circle in the Square Theatre School
ADDRESS: 1633 Broadway , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 307-0388
WEBSITE: http://www.circlesquare.org/
October 8, 2015: 10:00 am-12:00 pm


September 20, 2015: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
SOUNDPAINTING JAM

Strike Anywhere is proud to co-host an OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. This series happens every third Sunday of the month. We cover new Soundpainting signs and concepts and exchange ideas through play. Beginners will be treated to a short overview of gestures prior to diving in with the full group. The series is hosted each month by two Soundpainters who lead their own ensembles. Sessions will cover a variety of live-composition topics and each month the group will concentrate on a different discipline.

Come watch or participate. All disciplines welcome. Wear clothes to move in and bring your instrument if you are a musician.

VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
TICKETS: http://thefirehousespace.org/
September 20, 2015: 6-9PM
$12 Door $10 Advance/Student


September 5, 2015: Soundpainting - Tours, France
The Ephemeral Choir

Capping off the week-long celebration, Strike Anywhere will join the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (TSO) and a throng of community members for "The Ephemeral Choir." Comprised of community members and artists who have studied soundpainting over the years with the TSO, the choir will pop up in various places throughout the Rue Colbert neighborhood performing soundpaintings to delight and surprise passers by.
VENUE: Rue Colbert
ADDRESS: Pedestrian Section Rue Colbert, Tours, France
EMAIL: ts.orchestra@wanadoo.fr
WEBSITE: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
TICKETS: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
September 5, 2015: TBD
Free


September 2-5, 2015: Soundpainting - Tours, France
Des Rues Colbert...

"Des Rues Colbert..." is an international collaboration between the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NY,NY) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (Tours, France). The ensembles will soundpaint stories from the Rue Colbert section of Tours. The piece is site-specific and will take place throughout the Rue Colbert neighborhood.

"Des Rues Colbert..." is a project designed to shift perspective; to inject wonder, delight and poetry into everyday life. The piece is a collage of original scenes, soundscapes and images designed to disrupt the way we see the quotidian. The performance is a self-directed experience of discovery. Scenes will take place in the supermarket, on balconies, in the laundromat, in windows and alleys in the rue Colbert pedestrian section of Tours. Audience members will be issued maps to locate the scenes, and they will be invited to contribute to the final soundpainting.

VENUE: Rue Colbert
ADDRESS: Pedestrian Section Rue Colbert, Tours, France
EMAIL: ts.orchestra@wanadoo.fr
WEBSITE: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
TICKETS: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
September 2-5, 2015: TBA
Free
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present, the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). S.A.'s Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997. She was the first actor to be soundpainted and she helped Thompson to adapt the language for use in theater. Strike Anywhere's musicians have worked with the W.T.O. since the late eighties. The language is practiced world-wide with the most exciting new developments happening in France. The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra is on the vanguard of the soundpainting movement and is well respected for their experience and innovations with the form.


September 1, 2015: SAME RIVER - Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
SAME RIVER- Engaging Communities Through Participatory Art

This is a case-study of the evolution of Strike Anywhere's (SA) show, SAME RIVER. The presentation will move fluidly between lecture, performance, video excerpts and audience participation to demonstrate how Strike Anywhere employs a variety of techniques to engage communities in social issues and to inspire social change. The presentation will be conducted in a mixture of French and English. (All videos are in English).
VENUE: pOlau - pôle des Arts Urbains
ADDRESS: 20 Rue des Grands Mortiers , Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
PHONE: 33 2 47 67 55 90
EMAIL: contact@polau.org
WEBSITE: http://www.polau.org/le-polau
September 1, 2015: 7:00 PM
FREE!
SAME RIVER is an improvised, interdisciplinary performance based on interviews with local residents about "fracking". Hydraulic-fracturing or "fracking" is a controversial gas-drilling technique that has left a wake of environmental devastation and has divided communities across the United States. The show is customized to reflect each community that SA tours to. The ensemble performs a residency in each locale during which time it conducts interviews with a diverse array of community members. Strike Anywhere (SA) incorporates the community stories into a structured improvisational format. SA has toured Same River throughout the New York and Pennsylvania region, each time adapting the play to the circumstances of the audience. At the end of the performance, SA engages the audience in an intimate reflection process and facilitates a town-hall style meeting. Partnerships with multiple community organizations at each tour site allow SA to engage a large cross-section of the community. The goal of the project is to provide a forum for meaningful dialogue, empathy, awareness and local action.


August 28, 2015: Soundpainting - Tours sur Loire, France
10th Anniversary of the TSO!

The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with panache! It has invited the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble to kick off their next decade with a night of Soundpainting performances. The two groups will be joined by former TSO orchestra members and collaborators who worked with the TSO over its 10 year herstory. La Guinguette is one of the most charming places to hear live music. Nestled at the base of the Wilson Bridge on the bank of the Loire River, the stage is set under two enormous willow trees strung with lights. The stage is flanked by a charming cafe and the backdrop of it all is the slow, steady movement of the river with a blanket of stars up above.
VENUE: La Guinguette
ADDRESS: At the foot of the Wilson Bridge , Tours sur Loire, France
PHONE: 06 20 62 67 17
WEBSITE: http://www.tours.fr/453-tours-sur-loire.htm
August 28, 2015: 7:00 PM
Free


June 12, 2015: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMS AT NYC SOUNDPAINTING FESTIVAL

For three days and nights, Williamsburg's Firehouse will host NYC's 2nd Annual Soundpainting Festival. The festival will feature performances by the country's leading Soundpainting ensembles and an intensive workshop with Soundpainting inventor, Walter Thompson. Soundpainting is the live-composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Walter Thompson headlines the festival, leading his NY-based Walter Thompson Orchestra all three nights. The festival will feature six different ensembles, led by six different Soundpainters. Each ensemble will showcase its unique application of the Soundpainting language as they sculpt the improvisations of actors, dancers and musicians. Walter Thompson will offer a Soundpainting intensive on Saturday. This is a rare stateside visit by Thompson and an opportunity to study with the inventor of the language himself.
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
TICKETS: http://nycsoundpainting.tumblr.com/
June 12, 2015: 9:00 p.m.
$12 Door $10 Advance/Student


October, 2014-June, 2015: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - New York, New York
HELPING IMMIGRANTS FIND THEIR VOICE

Now in its eighth year, Strike Anywhere will provide students at Manhattan International High School (MIHS) with a year-long residency. MIHS is a NYC Public School devoted to helping English-language learners who are new to the country develop the linguistic, cognitive and cultural resources needed for a successful academic career. Artistic Director, Leese Walker works closely with each classroom teacher to custom-design a 20-week residency designed to bolster students communication skills. Leese creates experiential lessons using theatrical techniques honed through the rehearsal process with Strike Anywhere to allow students to delve into the teacher's curriculum in a visceral way. Leese works closely with the classroom teacher to create active, memorable lessons.
VENUE: Manhattan International High School
ADDRESS: 317,E 67th St , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 517-6728
WEBSITE: http://mihs.nycdoe.org/
October, 2014-June, 2015: Various Times
"For our students, English language acquisition is critical to a successful academic career. I think this program brings a lot of kids out of their shell. It relaxes them in front of a group. They become more confident in their speaking ability. Strike Anywhere has partnered with MIHS since 2006 and has become an important part of our school curriculum by hooking our first-year students into the collaborative, performance-based philosophy of the school." - Alan Krull  Principal Manhattan International High School


May 29, 2016: Soundpainting - Highland Lake, NY
GUEST SOUNDPAINTER ETIENNE ROLIN AT STRIKE ANYWHERE'S HELM

Join Strike Anywhere for a whimsical evening of Soundpainting. In from France, guest Soundpainter Etienne Rolin, will lead the ensemble as they spontaneously sculpt new work.

Etienne Rolin is a French-Amercian composer, conductor, instrumentalist, and teacher working in Bordeaux, France. After studies with Nadia Boulanger O.Messiaen and I.Xenakis as well as his practice of jazz and free improvisation, his style has evolved into a very complex genre of musical composition. His scores range from soloist to chamber music and opera. He conducted Soundpainting performances in France, Austria, and in the United States and has presented recitals of Hindustani music on the Bansuri flute in traditional and contemporary settings.

VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
May 29, 2016: TBD
"Its art-music, dance, drama, visual art-in combination verges on the unique, that fleeting quality most artists never attain."

-David Robinson, Austin Examiner


May 17, 2015: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM POSTPONED

In light of the L Train being down this coming weekend, WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE THE SOUNDPAINTING JAM THIS MONTH. We will be back at the Firehouse Space next month when the Soundpainting Festival is in full swing. Please join us then!
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
May 17, 2015: POSTPONED
POSTPONED!


May 1, 2015: Soundpainting - NY , NY
A FARCE OF NATURE

FARCE OF NATURE is a Soundpainted fairy tale about climate change. Students from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School will perform alongside of Strike Anywheres professional ensemble of jazz musicians, dancers and actors and will feature professional dancers from DANCE June Lewis and Company. The cast will improvise on an original fairy tale written by the students. The project is a collaboration between Roundabout Theatre Companys Education Department, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. The show is the culmination of a three-month, school-wide residency by the 2 theatres in the school. FARCE OF NATURE was inspired by Stephen Sondheims Into the Woods. Students examined fairy tale structure, researched climate change, learned Soundpainting and attended Roundabouts production of Into the Woods. An art installation in the lobby will highlight the students reactions to their research. A town-hall style discussion with environmental experts will follow the performance.
VENUE: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
ADDRESS: 120 West 46 Street , NY , NY
PHONE: (212) 391-1293
WEBSITE: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/02/M529
May 1, 2015: 1:45 & 7:00 PM
$5 (purchase at door)
Soundpainting is the multidisciplinary, live-composing, sign-language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. Presently, the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974. It has evolved from a sign language for musicians to a truly interdisciplinary compositional language. Strike Anywheres Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was the first actor to be Soundpainted and was critical in helping Thompson adapt the language for theater. Soundpainting is now practiced in 33 countries with international festivals and symposia devoted to the form.


April 19, 2015: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM

Strike Anywhere is proud to co-host an OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. This series happens every third Sunday of the month. We cover new Soundpainting signs and concepts and exchange ideas through play. Beginners will be treated to a short overview of gestures prior to diving in with the full group. The series is hosted each month by two Soundpainters who lead their own ensembles. Sessions will cover a variety of live-composition topics and each month the group will concentrate on a different discipline.

Come watch or participate. All disciplines welcome. Wear clothes to move in and bring your instrument if you are a musician.

VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
April 19, 2015: 6:00-9:00 pm
$10
"The ensembles world-class musicians, physical theatre actors and modern dancers weave a magical, multi-media experience using the revolutionary composition language called soundpainting. -The River Reporter


March 15, 2015: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM

Strike Anywhere will co-host an OPEN SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP AND JAM at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. This series happens every third Sunday of the month. We cover new Soundpainting signs and concepts and exchange ideas through play. Beginners will be treated to a short overview of gestures prior to diving in with the full group. The series is hosted each month by two Soundpainters who lead their own ensembles. Sessions will cover a variety of live-composition topics and each month the group will concentrate on a different discipline.

Come watch or participate. All disciplines welcome. Wear clothes to move in and bring your instrument if you are a musician.

VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
March 15, 2015: 6:00-9:00pm
$10
"Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, led by founder and director Leese Walker, the group merges music, theater, improvisation and structured composition into a total multi-media experience-- a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." -Asbury Park Press


December 8, 2014-February 11, 2015: Residency: Soundpainting - New York, NY
NEW TEEN SOUNDPAINTING CLASS

The Strike Anywhere Performances Ensemble will launch a new teen after-school program at the Repertory Company High School for the Theater Arts. The program will introduce students to the Soundpainting language. The program is open to all NYC teens. The youth ensemble will perform a soundpainted piece at Repertory High School's Winter Arts Festival on February 11 and may be invited to perform with SAs professional ensemble at upcoming events.
VENUE: Repertory Company High School
ADDRESS: 123 W 43rd St #2 , New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 382-1875
WEBSITE: http://www.repertorycompanyhs.org/
December 8, 2014-February 11, 2015: 3:00-5:00 PM
Free
Soundpainting is the multidisciplinary, live-composing, sign-language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. Presently, the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974. It has evolved from a sign language for musicians to a truly interdisciplinary compositional language. Strike Anywheres Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was the first actor to be Soundpainted and was critical in helping Thompson adapt the language for theater. Soundpainting is now practiced in 33 countries with international festivals and symposia devoted to the form.


January 29, 30, 31 & February 1, 2015: Soundpainting - Austin, TX
THE BOWIE PROJECT: A Rock & Roll Soundpainting

Exploring the music and shapeshifting identity of David Bowie, members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will return to Austin, TX to collaborate once again with Ariel Dance Theatre and Bowie tribute band, The Super Creeps, to create a Soundpainting extravaganza about the mercurial musician and the era and gender politics that he moved within.

"The Bowie Project" premiered in January 2014 and was nominated for 3 Austin Critics Table Awards including: Best Dance Concert, Best Sound Design and winning Best Dancer for Alyson Dolan.

VENUE: The Rollins Theatre @ The Long Center
ADDRESS: 701 W. Riverside Drive , Austin, TX
PHONE: (512) 474-LONG (5664)
WEBSITE: http://thelongcenter.org/event/bowie-project-2-rock-roll-soundpainting
TICKETS: http://www.arieldance.org/
January 29, 30, 31 & February 1, 2015: Thurs-Sat @ 8:00 pm; Sunday @ 5:00pm
$12
"This production was almost impeccable in every way one could imagine. Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre has taken the best of improv in dance, music, and theatre and thrown them all together in The Bowie Project: A Rock & Roll Soundpainting. And while improvisation in all those forms is not universally admired by people who enjoy the performing arts, this show will make believers, if not lovers, of almost everyone who gets a chance to see it." -Examiner.com

"The Bowie Project suffered only from a disappointingly short run at Stateside at the Paramount. Avid fans may insist on a revival of the show soon, although reassembling such a talented ensemble may prove difficult. Bowie fans everywhere can watch and advocate for its return and wide touring." David Robinson, Austin Theater Examiner 

"Local choreographer Ariel and New York theatre artist Walker of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble have assembled a company of artists whose work flows together with little sense of where one art form ends and another begins, of which contribution belongs to whom." -Austin Chronicle


November 16, 2014: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
SITE-SPECIFIC SOUNDPAINTING: WORKSHOP AND JAM

Join the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensembleÿ as we fold members of the community into a Shel Silversteinÿ soundpainting! Those who attend the workshop should memorize a favorite line or poem by Shel. The roving soundpainting will weave through the Firehouse space with soundpaintings popping up in different rooms. Amateur performers, professional musicians, dancers and actors, kids of all ages - COME PLAY WITH US! All are welcome! Simultaneous workshops will allow beginners to learn a basic cadre of Soundpainting signs, the refresher course will help participants dust off the signs and advanced soundpainters will develop several palettes.

COME PLAY WITH SA!

6PM sharp! Workshops Begin (Please don't be late!) 8PM SHOW!

VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
November 16, 2014: 6:00 pm workshops 8:00pm SHOW
$10
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). In 1997, Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was invited into the W.T.O. to help Thompson adapt the Soundpainting language for theater. She was the first actress to be soundpainted. She is currently one of only five Certified Multidisciplinary Soundpainters in the United States licensed to teach Soundpainting. Strike Anywheres musicians have worked with the W.T.O. since 1987.


August 9, 2014: Soundpainting - Highland Lake, NY
THE WEATHER PROJECT

Mark Twain purportedly said, Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. NACL, in partnership with Strike Anywhere, the Town of Highland and a host of local and regional organizations, is taking up this challenge.
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
TICKETS: http://www.nacl.org/weatherproject/index.html
August 9, 2014: 2:00-5:00 PM
The Weather Project is a massive community arts and science project designed to bring residents, artists, and scientists together around the subject of the weather and climate science. The project will take place over the coming year, to conclude in August 2014 with a weather and climate science exhibition and a spectacular outdoor theatrical performance in Highland, NY. The project components include:

The creation and presentation of a large scale outdoor theatre performance with professional artists and residents directed by NACL Theatres, Tannis Kowalchuk.

A visual art show of processional banners painted by esteemed local artists, a school poster contest, and umbrellas painted by children in the community.

A series of scientific lectures, demonstrations, and events by specialists and scientists in the fields of weather and climate science.

Community engagement through the sharing of weather stories and data collection in meteorology (weather) and phenology (signs of seasonal change.)


May 31, 2014: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT: INNOVATIVE WAYS OF ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN SOCIAL CHANGE

JOIN Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, at the 2014 Left Forum Annual Conference for a panel discussion exploring HOW THE ARTS CAN SPARK ACTION. Leese will highlight various community engagement strategies used during the 3 year tour of SAME RIVER.

ABOUT THE PANEL: Radical change requires an active and educated citizenry. On this panel we will explore a range of effective strategies. From unconventional cross-sector partnerships, to experiential engagement techniques, the artivists on our panel employ radical strategies to educate, ignite and mobilize audiences and inspire meaningful change. Featured Panelists include: Cecile Lawrence -- SCNCC, Leese Walker -- The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Lee Camp, Tannis Kowalchuk - N.A.C.L. Theatre, Ricardo Levins Morales -- RLM Art Studio - Art for Social Justice

VENUE: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
ADDRESS: 524 West 59th St , New York, NY
WEBSITE: www.leftforum.org
May 31, 2014: 12:00-1:50 pm
$15 Students/ $25-$35 One Day Conference or $70 Full 3 Day Registration
Panel will take place in Room 1.9


May 10, 2014: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
SOUNDPAINTING FESTIVAL

Strike Anywhere takes the stage alongside the grandpoppy master of it all Walter Thompson and his chamber version of the Walter Thompson Orchestra (Featuring 3 of SA's champs). Strike Anywhere will perform a set as will other notable NYC soundpainting groups. Should be a joyous night of arm waving all around!
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
TICKETS: http://thefirehousespace.org/uncategorized/thanks-to-everyone-who-made-last-season-really-exciting/
May 10, 2014: 9:00 p.m.
$12 Door $10 Advance/Student
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). SAs Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997. She was the first actor to be soundpainted and helped to adapt the language for use in theater. SAs musicians Rob Henke (trumpet) and Rolf Sturm (guitar) have worked with Walter Thompson since the late eighties. Leese, Rolf & Rob will be on hand to paint and be painted along with the rest of the SA gang!


March 30, 2014: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
OPEN SOUNDPAINTING JAM

Strike Anywhere is proud to host an OPEN SOUNDPAINTING JAM at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. This series happens every last Sunday of the month. We cover new Soundpainting signs and concepts and exchange ideas through play. Beginners will be treated to a short overview of gestures prior to diving in with the full group. The series is hosted each month by two Soundpainters who lead their own ensembles. Sessions will cover a variety of live-composition topics and each month the group will concentrate on a different discipline. Strike Anywhere's session will focus on interdisciplinary theater.

Come watch or participate. All disciplines welcome. Wear clothes to move in and bring your instrument if you are a musician.

VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADDRESS: 246 Frost St. , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://thefirehousespace.org/
TICKETS: Purchase at Door
March 30, 2014: 7-10PM
$10
SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (W.T.O.). Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, has worked with the W.T.O. since 1997 and was the first actress to be soundpainted. Walker was invited into the W.T.O. to help Thompson adapt the Soundpainting language for theater. SA ensemble members Rob Henke and Rolf Sturm have worked with the W.T.O. since 1987.


January 30, 31, Feb. 1 & 2: Soundpainting - Austin, Texas
THE BOWIE PROJECT

Exploring the music and shapeshifting identity of David Bowie, members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will collaborate with Ariel Dance Theatre to create a Soundpainting extravaganza about the mercurial musician and the era and gender politics that he moved within.
VENUE: Stateside at the Paramount
ADDRESS: 719 Congress Avenue , Austin, Texas
PHONE: 512.472.5470
EMAIL: info@arieldance.org
WEBSITE: http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/state
January 30, 31, Feb. 1 & 2: Thurs-Sat @ 8:00 pm; Sunday @ 5:00pm
Tickets: $12-$25


December 6, 2013: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
SOUNDPAINTING SALON

Due to illness, tonight's Soundpainting Salon has had to be cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused and hope to see you at a future show. Thanks for your support. Happy Holidays!
VENUE: The Commons
ADDRESS: 388 Atlantic Avenue (Between Hoyt & Bond St.), Brooklyn, NY
EMAIL: office@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thecommonsbrooklyn.org/
December 6, 2013: 8:00 p.m.
$10-$15
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation and structured composition into a total multi-media experience-- a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us.

- Asbury Park Press


November 24, 2013: Soundpainting - New York, NY
SOUNDPAINTING JAM

An informal soundpainting gathering for any NYC-based Soundpainters. Please RSVP to office@strikeanywhere.info for location and further details.
VENUE: TBD
ADDRESS: , New York, NY
November 24, 2013: 7-10PM
Suggested $5


November 1, 2013: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
DAY OF THE DEAD SOUNDPAINTING SALON

SOUNDPAINTING SALON is Strike Anywheres monthly improvised performance series in residence at the Brecht Forum. The November show opens SAs 2013-2014 season. The evening features SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, and actors spontaneously spinning performance pieces using the Soundpainting sign language. Part performance, part fiesta, the ensemble steps into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play. The ensemble is known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the sign language for conducted improvisation which allows a conductor/composer to sculpt an improvisation while it is in motion. The November show will feature the full ensemble in a series of SOUNDPAINTINGS and there will be featured guests, cash bar, tapas and giveaways. Costumes and masks encouraged.
VENUE: The Commons
ADDRESS: 388 Atlantic Avenue (Between Hoyt & Bond St.), Brooklyn, NY
EMAIL: office@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thecommonsbrooklyn.org/
November 1, 2013: 8:00 p.m.
$10-$15
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble is an inter-disciplinary ensemble theater that has been generating original performance pieces since 1997. The permanent ensemble is comprised of some of N.Y.C.s finest jazz musicians and top improvisers from the downtown theater and dance scene. SA performances always feature live music, physical theater and modern dance. The company applies structures and concepts from American jazz to their inter-disciplinary improvisations to create performances that are startlingly alive. The company is in residence at the Brecht Forum. Strike Anywhere has toured nationally and internationally. The company has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Airlines Theatre, The Irondale Center, The Zipper Factory, P.S. 122, and HERE Arts Center. Additionally Strike Anywhere has been featured on Radio France, NPR, WBAI and German Public Radio.


October 3, 2013: Soundpainting - Paris, France
Strike Anywhere in Paris For First Annual Soundpainting Festival

SA Members Leese Walker, Rolf Sturm and Rob Henke head to Paris for the first annual Soundpainting Festival. The trio will join Soundpainting inventor Walter Thompson as part of his Soundpainting octet.
VENUE: Le Triton
ADDRESS: 11 bis rue du Coq Français , Paris, France
PHONE: 01 49 72 83 13
EMAIL: contact@letriton.com
WEBSITE: http://www.letriton.com/


September 28, 2013: Soundpainting - Tours, France
STRIKE ANYWHERE SOUNDPAINTS IN FRANCE

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and Ensemble Member Rolf Sturm will join their international sister company, the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra for an evening of merriment and performance. The "Cabaret Snack" will feature pop-up performances, soundpaintings, songs and superheroes. Locally sourced and lovingly prepared foods will also be on hand. Party down to the boule aux facettes! All proceeds to benefit the TSO and their upcoming collaboration with Strike Anywhere.
VENUE: espace Jacques Villeret
ADDRESS: 11 rue de Saussure , Tours, France
PHONE: 02 47 74 56 10
WEBSITE: http://www.tourssoundpaintingorchestra.com/
September 28, 2013: 7:00-10:30 pm
8/12 euros, free for kids under 12


September 8, 2013: SAME RIVER - Highland Lake, NY
SAME RIVER RETURNS TO THE SOURCE

Melding live music, modern dance, physical theater, video and visual art, the NYC-based collective Strike Anywhere teams up with NACL Theatre and its local community to present SAME RIVER. Using first person accounts as source material, SAME RIVER is a multi-media improvisation on how the natural gas extraction process known as fracking affects peoples lives. Over the course of three years, SA has conducted dozens of interviews with Pennsylvania residents whose lives have been directly impacted by fracking and New Yorkers whose fate remains in limbo. Strike Anywhere weaves the collected stories into the existing show to create a high-quality, improvised performance with social and political significance. The piece seeks to draw connections, to give voice to multiple viewpoints and to acknowledge that we are all downstream, that the earths water supply is all the same river. A town-hall style discussion will follow each performance.

The SAME RIVER project was initially launched by a 10 day residency and performance at NACL Theatre in 2010. Strike Anywhere returns 3 years later to perform a new round of interviews and to reflect the current state of the community in the improvised show. Community members will be invited to create a large-scale art installation and be part of a soundpainted community chorus as part of the new version of the show.

VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
September 8, 2013: 4:00 pm
"Call it 'Hydro-fracking - The Play'" - NY Times- February 2012

"Same River brings the human stories of those who are in the pathway of this industry to the fore." Rodale.com - February 2012

"Strike Anywhere's skill at communicating the complexity and pathos of the issue of our water, our way of life, of our relationship to the gas and oil industry infiltrating our neighborhoods was striking." -Sabrina Artel - WJFF Radio - August 2010


August 26, 2013: Master Class Series - Highland Lake, NY
FREE SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will teach a workshop in Soundpainting. SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (WTO). Walker has worked with the WTO since 1997. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time.

Leese is a full-time artist and educator and brings a joyful, ensemble-approach to her teaching style. Participants will learn a couple dozen soundpainting gestures and will employ these gestures in a series of compositions by the end of the workshop. Wear clothes to move in and bring an instrument if you play. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested. You do not need to be an artist or performer to take the workshop. Participants may be asked to join a soundpainted community chorus that will perform as part of SAs performance of SAME RIVER on 9/8/13.

VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
August 26, 2013: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
FREE!


August 19, 2013: Master Class Series - Highland Lake, NY
FREE SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and SA Ensemble Member, Rolf Sturm (Guitar) will teach a workshop in Soundpainting. SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. The language was created by New York composer, Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra (WTO). Walker has worked with the WTO since 1997 and Sturm since 1987. At present the language comprises over 1200 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in real time.

Leese and Rolf are full-time artists and educators and bring a joyful, ensemble-approach to their teaching style. Participants will learn a couple dozen soundpainting gestures and will employ these gestures in a series of compositions by the end of the workshop. Wear clothes to move in and bring an instrument if you play. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested. You do not need to be an artist or performer to take the workshop. Participants may be asked to join a soundpainted community chorus that will perform as part of SAs performance of SAME RIVER on 9/8/13.

VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
August 19, 2013: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
FREE!


June 15, 2013: SAME RIVER - Honolulu, HI
Performance/Presentation on SAME RIVER at NET Microfest

Guitarist Rolf Sturm and Artistic Director Leese Walker will share excerpts (live and video) from their interview-based multi-media show SAME RIVER at this year's NETfest. The couple will invite participants into the creative process of the show, sharing how the piece is custom designed to reflect each host community. The performance/presentation will highlight a show that has evolved dramatically over the life of its 3 year tour. Each incarnation of the show has been drastically different sometimes involving community members in the show itself, sometimes building a large visual art installation as part of the show, and always incorporating the words and stories of the local people into the improvised show.
VENUE: Network of Ensemble Theatres MicroFest - Honolulu
ADDRESS: University of Hawai at Manoa 2500 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI
WEBSITE: http://www.ensembletheaters.net/programs/micro-fest-usa-national-summit
"Call it, 'Hydrofracking  The Play.' Same River, features dance and improvisation based on interviews of residents in rural communities that have been turned upside down by the controversial gas-extraction method."

-Brenna Walton, The New York Times

"Strike Anywheres skill at communicating the complexity and pathos of the issue of our water, our way of life, of our relationship to the gas and oil industry infiltrating our neighborhoods was striking."

-Sabrina Artel, WJFF Radio

"As NY considers drilling as many as 100,000 wells in the watershed for over 16 million people, Same River brings the human stories of those who are in the pathway of this industry to the fore."

-David LHeureux, Senior Editor, Rodale.com

"Something really cool about this performance was that it intentionally merged theatrical performance and visual art. Before one entered the performance, there was an art installation created by participants in Strike Anywhere's residency at Brooklyn High School for the Arts, as well as art developed in a community art-making day. SAME RIVER is a great example of how interviews can be the basis for a piece that still incorporates many levels of more abstract artistry."

-EllaRose Chary The Civilans Blog


June 8,2013: !! FreEpLaY !! - Brooklyn, NY
A Benefit for the Irondale Center

Strike Anywhere will improvise a special birthday performance to celebrate Irondale's 30th anniversary. Please join us for a BBQ on the roof and a bevy of fab performances that night.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
TICKETS: http://irondale.org/30Birthday.html
June 8,2013: 4-7pm Rooftop Jazz & BBQ, 7-10pm Performances (Including SA)
Rolf Sturm Trio from 4-7PM on the roof!


June 7, 2013: Soundpainting - New York, NY
Soundpainting Workshop and Jam
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 7, 2013: 8:00 PM
$5-$15 (Sliding Scale)


May 15, 2013: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
Barefoot Soundpainting!

Please come to a barefoot soundpainting jam! Irondale has generously opened their doors to us and we will be playing on the set of Urban Dance Collectives beautiful marlee floor - thus we will be barefoot. YAY! (btw  this is a show you should catch at Irondale if you havent already). Format: Informal - joyful! Bring ideas you would like to try out for a short piece, just come play or bring a palette if you want. If any newcomers show, I can pull them into another room for short primer on basic signs.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
May 15, 2013: 7-10 pm
$5-$10 Suggested Donation for the space/Bar Open (support Irondale by buying a drink!)


April 12, 2013: Soundpainting - New York, NY
BIG BIRTHDAY BASH @ THE BRECHT

Sandy knocked out our 15th Anniversary Day of the Dead Fiesta but we are springing back with a soiree of note! The Tours Soundpainting Orchestra triumphantly returns to help us celebrate our 15th with panache!

8pm Cocktails, Live Music, Silent Auction & Pop-up Performances

9pm Performances by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra & Strike Anywhere

VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
TICKETS: benefit.cfm
April 12, 2013: 8:00 PM
$35 General Admission / $75 Gen. Admission + Open Bar / Limited $20 Artist Tix
Proceeds from the evening will benefit Strike Anywhere's theatrical and educational programs.


February 2-3, 2013: SAME RIVER - Lewisburg, PA
SAME RIVER @ Bucknell University

Melding live music, modern dance, physical theater, video and visual art, Strike Anywhere teams up with Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance, the Residential Colleges, and the Environmental Center to present Same River. Using first person accounts as source material, Same River is a multi-media improvisation on Pennsylvania's rush to extract natural gas through the process known as fracking. Over the course of the fall semester, Bucknell students will conduct dozens of interviews with residents whose lives have been directly impacted by fracking. Strike Anywhere will weave the collected stories into the existing show when the professional ensemble and student group unite to revise and perform Same River together. A town-hall style discussion will follow each performance.

Sponsored by The Nature & Human Communities Initiative of the Environmental Center, the Residential Colleges, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

VENUE: Bucknell University - Harvey M. Powers Theatre
ADDRESS: Coleman Hall on the Academic Quad , Lewisburg, PA
PHONE: 570-577-1000
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice
February 2-3, 2013: Saturday at 8:00 PM & Sunday at 2:00 PM
FREE! No Tickets Required
"Call it 'Hydro-fracking - The Play'" - NY Times- February 2012

"Same River brings the human stories of those who are in the pathway of this industry to the fore." - Rodale News February 2012

"Strike Anywheres skill at communicating the complexity and pathos of the issue of our water, our way of life, of our relationship to the gas and oil industry infiltrating our neighborhoods was striking." -Sabrina Artel - WJFF Radio - August 2010


December 9, 2012: !! FreEpLaY !! - Brooklyn, NY
December !!FreEpLaY!!

Strike Anywhere's monthly series provides the ensemble with a forum for experimentation. New structures for improvisation, new material can all find their way into a monthly !!FreEpLaY!! Special guests often sit in during the second set. Take a peek into what SA is up to. Come to this month's !!FreEpLaY!!

In December, we will be doing an evening of short soundpaintings at a new venue...JACK! Hope you can make it.

VENUE: JACK
ADDRESS: 505 1/2 Waverly Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: www.jackny.org
December 9, 2012: 7 PM
$10
"Untidy gray areas exist in the way we experience art - between artist and composition, between audience and performance, between painting and music and poetry and dance, between structure and chaos. ...Smack in the middle of this in-between-ness lives the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble." - Carlton Wilkinson, Asbury Park Press


December 7, 2012: Master Class Series - New York, NY
SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will teach a workshop in Soundpainting. SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Walker has worked with the WTO since 1997 and was the first actor invited into the W.T.O. to adapt the language for actors. At present the language comprises over 1000 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in ways that were never previously possible. The language is great to introduce young students to the art of improvisation in a fun, safe way. It is equally useful with a group of professional skilled performers. Open to actors, dancers, poets, musicians, educators and others who are curious. Bring an instrument if you play and clothes to move in. Workshop will happen 7-9PM. Jam at 9PM for anyone familiar with the language.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
December 7, 2012: 7PM WORKSHOP 9 PM JAM
$15 suggested To reserve: office@strikeanywhere.info or 212 875-7476


November 12, 2012 : Workshops - Lewisburg, PA
Inter-disciplinary Performance: A workshop for dancers, actors and musicians

In this workshop, Strike Anywhere will share an array of exercises which foster clear communication and trust across artistic disciplines. Participants will craft short performance pieces based on interview material gathered for Strike Anywhere's current show, SAME RIVER,  an interview-based show about fracking and its effects on communities. Musicians should bring their instrument and everyone should wear comfortable clothing to move in. PLEASE NOTE: Strike Anywhere will be casting for its February production of SAME RIVER from the master class. The show is a professional touring production that incorporates new interview material from each local community that it visits. For the Bucknell production, a small student ensemble will be assembled to join SA's professional cast. Students may take the master class who do not wish to participate in the production. Those who wish to be considered for the production will be asked to meet one-on-one for an interview on Tuesday 11/13/12 and to meet with the full student team on Wednesday night 11/14/12.
VENUE: Bucknell University - Harvey M. Powers Theatre
ADDRESS: Coleman Hall on the Academic Quad , Lewisburg, PA
PHONE: 570-577-1000
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice
November 12, 2012 : 7-10 PM
FREE!
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF SAME RIVER: Melding live music, modern dance, physical theater, video and visual art, the NYC-based collective Strike Anywhere teams up with Bucknell's Department of Theatre and Dance, and Environmental Center to present SAME RIVER. Using first person accounts as source material, SAME RIVER is a multi-media improvisation on Pennsylvania's rush to extract natural gas through the process known as fracking. Over the course of the fall semester, Bucknell science students will conduct dozens of interviews with Pennsylvania residents whose lives have been directly impacted by fracking. Strike Anywhere will weave the collected stories into the existing show when the professional ensemble and student group unite for an intensive residency in January to revise and perform SAME RIVER together. SAME RIVER will be performed February 2 & 3 in the Harvey Powers Theater at Bucknell.


November 2, 2012 : Benefit Performance - New York, NY
DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA CANCELLED

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, we have had to cancel Strike Anywhere's 15th anniversary celebration. We look forward to celebrating SA's accomplishments once the city recovers and we can all strap on dancing shoes. Until then, we wish you well!
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
TICKETS: benefit.cfm
November 2, 2012 : 7:00-10:00 PM


October 31, 2012: Performance: Soundpainting - New York, New York
Franco-American HALLOWEEN SOUNDPAINTING!

Strike Anywhere's teams up with the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (T.S.O.) for a one-time only HALLOWEEN SOUNDPAINTING. The T.S.O. based in Tours, France is in town for a set of workshops and performances including this one with Strike Anywhere. The two companies are both permanent ensembles comprised of jazz musicians, dancers, designers and actors. Both companies are known for their use of the SOUNDPAINTING sign language for live composition. The concert will feature the Artistic Directors of both groups Leese Walker (SA) and Angelique Cormier (TSO)conducting the combined ensembles for a student audience. Expect the unexpected! An explosive, interactive live event!
VENUE: Lycée Français
ADDRESS: 505 East 75th Street , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 369-1400
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.lfny.org
October 31, 2012: 5-6 PM
FREE!
Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. Soundpainting allows a conductor to shape an improvisation while it is in motion. At present the language comprises over 750 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Strike Anywhere is one of only three theatre companies in the U.S. licensed to use the Soundpainting language.


October 31, 2012: Residency: Soundpainting - New York, New York
BI-LINGUAL SOUNDPAINTING MASTER CLASSES

SOUNDPAINTING Master Classes will be offered by Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker & Tours Soundpainting Orchestra's Artistic Director Angelique Cormier. The workshops are slated for LFNY students. Classes will be conducted in French and English.
VENUE: Lycée Français
ADDRESS: 505 East 75th Street , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 369-1400
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.lfny.org
October 31, 2012: 3:15-4:45 PM
NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC


October 25, 2012: DAY OF THE DEAD CRAFT PARTY - New York, NY
COME PAINT, GLUE, SPARKLE! (drink & giggle too!)

Calling artsy friends and fun-loving community members... Come help build DAY OF THE DEAD decorations for our upcoming 15th Anniversary Bash at the Brecht Forum. Strike Anywhere will provide food, drinks, art supplies and project ideas. Come paint, glue & sparkle to receive a discounted ticket to the most awesome DAY OF THE DEAD party around!
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
October 25, 2012: 6:30-11PM
FREE! PLEASE RSVP! Office@strikeanywhere.info


October 12, 2012: Master Class Series - New York, NY
SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and company member Nolan Kennedy will teach a workshop in Soundpainting. SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Walker has worked with the WTO since 1997 and was the first actor invited into the W.T.O. to adapt the language for actors. At present the language comprises over 1000 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in ways that were never previously possible. The language is great to introduce young students to the art of improvisation in a fun, safe way. It is equally useful with a group of professional skilled performers. Open to actors, dancers, poets, musicians, educators, thrill-seekers and the intellectually-curious.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
October 12, 2012: 7:00-10:00 PM
$30 for 1 class $50 for 2 (next class Dec. 7) To reserve: office@strikeanywhere.info or 212 875-7476
Although Soundpainting is wildly popular in Europe, Strike Anywhere is one of only three theatre companies in the U.S. using this new approach to improvisation. Leese and Nolan are full-time artists and educators and bring a joyful, ensemble-approach to their teaching style. Participants will learn a couple dozen soundpainting gestures and will employ these gestures in a series of compositions by the end of the workshop. Wear clothes to move in and bring an instrument if you play.


October 3, 2012: SAME RIVER - New York, New York
FRACKASAUR to come out at LGBT Center

Strike Anywhere will share an excerpt from SAME RIVER at the Party to Save the Village (from pipelines, radon, fracking and other total insanity!)

An extravaganza to benefit the Sane Energy Project Legal Fund and Occupy the Pipeline. IT'S GOING TO BE A BLAST (the kind we like)!

VENUE: LGBT Center
ADDRESS: 208 West 13th Street (Seventh Ave/Greenwich Ave, across from Integral Yoga), New York, New York
WEBSITE: www.SaneEnergyProject.org
October 3, 2012: 6:30-9:30 PM (SA goes on after 8PM)
$15 advance sales or $20 at the door
Join us for great food, booze, live music, burlesque, and plenty of sexy magic, plus an art show and auction. Have a great time while supporting those fighting to keep the dangerous Spectra pipeline, and the fracked gas it carries, out of New York City. Featuring: Marti Cummings, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Strike Anywhere, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, magician Eric Walton--plus iconic images from the forthcoming "Out of the Closet and onto the Streets: Gay Pride and the 21st Century," by photographer Suzanne Poli--and even more musicians, performers and artists! Have a great time while doing good!


September 22, 2012: Workshops - Lewisburg, PA
Master Classes in Interdisciplinary Ensemble Work & Devising Performance from Interview Material
VENUE: Bucknell University - Harvey M. Powers Theatre
ADDRESS: Coleman Hall on the Academic Quad , Lewisburg, PA
PHONE: 570-577-1000
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice
September 22, 2012: 1:00-4:00 PM
FREE!


October 12, 2012: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Fall !!FreEpLaY!! (*NOTE: change of date!!)

SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
October 12, 2012: 8 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"I've seen this performance several times now and every show is unique." - Kate Cordaro, Education Coordinator, Two River Theatre Company


June 6, 2012: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
!!FreEpLaY!! POP-top-IMPROV

!!FreEpLaY!! is Strike Anywheres monthly improvised performance series at the Brecht Forum. The June show is the final show in SAs 2011-2012 season. The evening features SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, and actors spontaneously spinning performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble steps into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play. The ensemble is known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the sign language for conducted improvisation which allows a conductor/composer to sculpt an improvisation while it is in motion. The June show will feature the full ensemble in a series of improvisations, including a few SOUNDPAINTINGS and there will be games and giveaways.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 6, 2012: 8:00 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience  a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." -Asbury Park Press


May 4, 2012: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
May 4, 2012: 8:00 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"Untidy gray areas exist in the way we experience art - between artist and composition, between audience and performance, between painting and music and poetry and dance, between structure and chaos. ...Smack in the middle of this in-between-ness lives the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble." - Carlton Wilkinson, Asbury Park Press


April 21, 2012: SAME RIVER - Des Plaines, IL
Creating Justice: Celebrating the Connections between Art and Activism

Strike Anywhere will be the featured keynote speakers at the 2012 Creating Justice Symposium. The company will share an excerpt from SAME RIVER and will share some of the history, philosophy, and methodology of Strike Anywhere. After the keynote there will be discussions/demonstrations from other artists who combine performance and activism. The underlying goal of the symposium is for artists/activists to share ideas about the methods, processes, and impact of their work.
VENUE: Oakton Community College
ADDRESS: 1600 East Golf Road , Des Plaines, IL
WEBSITE: http://www.oakton.edu
April 21, 2012: 10AM-10PM
The one-day symposium seeks to celebrate the connection between art and activism while also critically exploring what it means to create politically engaged art today. The symposium will provide a forum for artists and activists to present accounts of their experience of the ways in which activism and protest shape their art, and of how art is used to transform communities. We would like to explore the many ways that artists, using diverse artistic methods and materials, work for social transformation within our communities, and the ways that activists draw on the arts in their struggles for social justice.


April 16, 2012: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
THE DAISEY CHAIN - Ensemble Theater Post-Daisey

How will monologist Mike Daisey's missteps affect ensembles going forward? Are the bridges that he built, burnt for good or is the publicity forcing Apple to clean up its labor practices? For ensembles who strive to enact social change, what is the contract that we build with our audiences? Should artists be bound to the same journalistic standards as reporters? What is "truth" in the context of theater? Join us at this month's Ensemble Roundtable as we delve into dilemmas raised by the Daisey firestorm.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
April 16, 2012: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


May 3, 2013: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
!!FreEpLaY!!

!!FreEpLaY!! features SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, designers and actors spontaneously spinning performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble will step into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
May 3, 2013: 8:00 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and movement, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Rick Palley, Brooklyn Skyline


April 6, 2012: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
SPRINGING BACK!

Poking its purple head out from under the snow !! FreEpLaY !! Strike Anywhere's monthly performance series is back. Happening EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AT THE BRECHT FORUM at 8:00PM, the evening will feature SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, designers and actors spontaneously spinning performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble will step into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play. From special guests to Soundpainting, the evening will one of perpetual surprise.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
April 6, 2012: 8 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and movement, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Rick Palley, Brooklyn Skyline


June 4, 2012: Ensemble Technique Swap - NY, NY
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
June 4, 2012: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org


March 24, 2012: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
FRACKASAUR FLIES AGAIN AT THE U.N.!!!
VENUE: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
ADDRESS: 1st Avenue and East 47th Street , New York, NY
EMAIL: Info@disruptdirtypower.org
WEBSITE: http://disruptdirtypower.org/events/disrupt-dirty-power-nyc/
March 24, 2012: 5:30 PM
FREE!
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! We have decided to join the 1% and to "Occupy the U.N." along with Exxon-Mobile,Trans-Canada and the other fossil fuel big boys. We will perform our "Frackasaur" kids show so we can share the virtues of natural gas with all the youth and to set the record straight with the dirty hippie freaks who have soiled our good public spaces with their silly "Occupy" protests.


February 23 - March 3, 2012: SAME RIVER - Brooklyn, NY
SAME RIVER @ Irondale in Brooklyn

SAME RIVER is a multi-media, interview-based, improvised production. As hydro-fracking is poised to affect NYCs water supply, Same River brings the upstate war over this controversial method of drilling downstream.

Including live music, modern dance, physical theater, and video, this improvised show will be different every night. Following each show, there will be a tightly facilitated town hall discussion on the issues the piece presents. Experts from United For Action will be on hand to propel the conversation.

Audience members will experience a visual art installation upon entry to the theater. The artwork is the result of a seven-week residency at nearby Brooklyn High School for the Arts with the science, theater and technical theater classes. Art work will also be developed during a community art-making day for families on February 11 at 2:00 PM at Irondale Center (ages 6 and up).

VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
TICKETS: http://irondale.org/SameRiver.html
February 23 - March 3, 2012: Wednesday-Saturday at 8PM, Friday March 2 student matinee at 1PM
$20-$40 WEEKENDS ($15 TIX WED/THURS)
Featuring: Donna Bouthiller (dance), Rob Henke (trumpet), Nolan Kennedy, Damen Scranton, Rolf Sturm (guitar) & Leese Walker.

Artistic Direction: Leese Walker, Production & Lighting Design: Joe Doran, Costume Design: Erin Schultz, Video Design: Johnathan Carr, Stage Manager: Amanda Hinkle, Art Installation: Jeanne Wilkinson, Haifa Bint-Kadi & students from Brooklyn HS for the Arts.


February 11, 2012: SAME RIVER - Brooklyn, NY
FAMILY FUN - ART - THEATER GAMES!

Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will offer a hands-on visual art and theater-making workshop for families (kids ages 6-106 welcome!)

By asking participants to share their stories and memories of water, Strike Anywhere will lead the group in the creation of visual art based on those stories. We will begin with some theater games and then move into arts and crafts. We then offer you the opportunity to exhibit your work as part of a community art installation which will be displayed during the run of SAME RIVER Strike Anywhere's show at Irondale which runs 2/23-3/3. All participants will receive discount passes to SAME RIVER. Ways to take further action to protect Brooklyn's water will be on hand.

VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
February 11, 2012: 2:00 PM
$10 Adults, $5 Kids


December 5, 2011: Ensemble Technique Swap - Brooklyn, NY
LIVING THEATRE & THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED

Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this bi-annual series allows two ensemble theaters to swap devising or training techniques in a workshop setting. A limited number of ensemble theater practitioners will be invited to participate in the workshop exchange. The final half hour will be devoted to a discussion in which participants compare and contrast the set of techniques. Wear comfortable clothing. Expect vigorous activity.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
December 5, 2011: 6-8:30 pm
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
This month we will explore techniques to challenge entrenched power.

The Living Theatre is dedicated to transforming the organization of power within society from a competitive, hierarchical structure to cooperative and communal expression. The troupe attempts to do so by counteracting complacency in the audience through direct spectacle. The Living Theatre will draw on ideas from its primary workshop, "A Day in the Life of the City" which they have been doing for over 65 years around the world, as the oldest experimental theatre ensemble still working under its founder Judith Malina.

Theater of the Oppressed is a tool for building groups and communities, challenging power and practicing self- and social transformation. Marie-Claire Picher will lead the workshop. Picher is a co-founder (1990) of the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) and has worked and collaborated closely with Augusto Boal until his death in 2009. One of the most experienced Theater of the Oppressed (TO) practitioners in North America, she has presented thousands of hours of TO facilitation training in New York and throughout the United States, as well as in Chiapas, Tabasco, Mexico City, Guatemala and Cuba.


October 15, 2011: Soundpainting - Bordeaux, France
SOUNDPAINTING PARADE AND PERFORMANCE at BORDEAUX EVENTO 2011 FESTIVAL
VENUE: Quai, Mirroir d'eau
ADDRESS: , Bordeaux, France
EMAIL: contact@evento2011.com
WEBSITE: http://evento2011.com
October 15, 2011: Parade @ 7PM, Performance @ 8PM


October 13, 2011: Soundpainting - Bordeaux, France
LIVE MUSIC/SILENT FILM at BORDEAUX EVENTO 2011 FESTIVAL
VENUE: Chantier Mobile Du Grand Parc
ADDRESS: , Bordeaux, France
EMAIL: contact@evento2011.com
WEBSITE: http://evento2011.com
October 13, 2011: 9 PM
Strike Anywhere guitarist, Rolf Sturm and bass-clarinetist Bohdan Hilash have created an original score for the 1926 classic film entitled "The Adventures of Prince Achmed". It is the oldest surviving animated feature film and it features a silhouette animation technique similar to Wayang shadow puppets. Sturm and Hilash will premiere the new score performing as part of an international chamber orchestra of musicians gathered for the Bordeaux Evento 2011 Festival. Musicians from the Bang On A Can All-Stars and renowned quartet Yaar Chaar from New Delhi, India will play the live score.


October 12, 2011: Soundpainting - Bordeaux, France
Concert with David Hykes at BORDEAUX EVENTO 2011 FESTIVAL
VENUE: Base Sous-Marine
ADDRESS: Boulevard Alfred Daney , Bordeaux, France
EMAIL: contact@evento2011.com
WEBSITE: http://evento2011.com
October 12, 2011: 7 PM
Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and guitarist, Rolf Sturm join bass-clarinetist Bohdan Hilash and singer-composer David Hykes for an evening of soundpainting and improvisation.


October 3, 2011: Soundpainting - Tours, France
Strike Anywhere in France!

SA Trumpeter Rob Henke, guitarist Rolf Sturm and Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will join up with several other core members of the Walter Thompson Orchestra for a series of concerts in Tours, France. Many of the SA members originally met in the WTO, back in 1997 or earlier. Leese, Rolf, and Rob will take up their posts as core WTO members playing with Walter Thompson, the inventor of Soundpainting, demonstrating how this sign-lanugage for live composition has evolved over the 25 years that is has been around.
VENUE: La Salle Thélème
ADDRESS: 3 rue des Tanneurs , Tours, France
October 3, 2011: 8:30 pm


October 1, 2011: Soundpainting - Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
VENUE: Espace Ligéria
ADDRESS: rue Croix Blanche , Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
PHONE: +33 (0)2 47 45 85 10
EMAIL: jazzentourraine@wanadoo.fr
October 1, 2011: TBA


September 29, 2011: Soundpainting - Tours, France
Une Performance en France!

Several members of Strike Anywhere are headed to France for a series of Soundpaintings in Tours and the surrounding Loire region. Rob Henke (trumpet), Rolf Sturm (guitar), Leese Walker (actor/artistic director) will join up with several other core members of the Walter Thompson Orchestra for these concerts. The week-long residency in Tours includes a technique exchange with the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra.
VENUE: Petit Faucheux
ADDRESS: 12 Rue Léonard de Vinci , Tours, France
PHONE: 02 47 38 67 62
WEBSITE: www.petitfaucheux.fr
September 29, 2011: TBA


September 19, 2011: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
Creative Partnerships w/ special guest Morgan Jenness

From alliances with unions, restaurants, schools, and other performance groups, ensemble theaters are masters at forging creative partnerships. Ensembles have created partnerships for a variety of reasons. At this month's Roundtable, we will share success stories, potential traps and tips to help us get the most from our creative partnerships.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
September 19, 2011: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


August 5, 2011: Soundpainting - New York, NY
Elevated Soundscapes

Take in the rich kaleidoscope of sounds, smells and shapes on the gorgeous High Line Park, and turn your experience into art! Performance artist Leese Walker will direct you and the group using the technique of Soundpainting, to respond to what you encounter along the walk. Leese will sculpt your words and gestures into a site-specific, orchestral collage of text and movement. What will the rushing taxis, native flowers and lazy sunbathers trigger in you, and what will come out of your collective response?

The High Line. 1h30. 1 mile walk. $25 per person. Up to 15 people. Wear comfortable clothes.

When: Friday, August 5, 7pm

VENUE: The Highline
ADDRESS: 529 West 20th Street, , New York, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.createculture.org/page/summer-2011-creative-walks
$25
For more information and to buy tickets, visit: http://www.createculture.org/page/walks-faq


July 18, 2011: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUE SWAP: TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

This month we will explore techniques used to transcend boundaries. Bond Street Theatre will conduct a series of exercises based on their recent work with young actors and actresses in Herat, Afghanistan. Their session will illuminate the challenge of teaching techniques across language barriers, and surmounting gender issues across cultural barriers. Strike Anywhere will lead a workshop on Soundpainting. This sign language for structured improvisation is a wonderful way to bridge both disciplinary boundaries (actors, dancers, visual artists, poets & musicians) as well as forge a coherent composition between amateur and professional performers or audiences and a performance ensemble. Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present the language comprises over 750 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Direction of the composition is gained through the parameters of each set of signed gestures.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
July 18, 2011: 6-8:30PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this bi-annual series allows two ensemble theaters to swap devising or training techniques in a workshop setting. A limited number of ensemble theater practitioners will be invited to participate in the workshop exchange. The final half hour will be devoted to a discussion in which participants compare and contrast the set of techniques. Wear comfortable clothing. Expect vigorous activity.


June 3, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Greek Squad!

The Manhattan International students are back! For the 3rd consecutive year, students from SA's partnership school will perform alongside the professional ensemble in a night of Ancient Greek inspired improvisation! A perennial favorite, SA audiences always love this show.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 3, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
Strike Anywhere's partner school, Manhattan International High School (M.I.H.S.), serves newly arrived immigrant students. Each year, SA collaborates with English teacher Celeste Micelotta to serve three 9th grade classes through a full-year residency that integrates theater into the English classroom. M.I.H.S. believes SA's hands-on, ensemble approach is an effective way of bolstering language skills for first-year students and orients them to the collaborative, performance-based philosophy of the school. Artistic Director/Teaching Artist Leese Walker has taught at M.I.H.S. as a visiting teaching artist since 2000 working with five teachers over the years. In 2006, Strike Anywhere officially created a partnership with the school to provide incoming freshman with experiential learning techniques during a full year residency in their English classroom.


May 18, 2011: The Ensemble Roundtable - Brooklyn , NY
Artivism and Guerilla Marketing

What is successful political theater and how do we cut through the noise and get the word out? Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.
VENUE: A.R.T./NY South Oxford Space
ADDRESS: 138 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn , NY
PHONE: 718.398.3078
May 18, 2011: 6-8:30PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to zhollwedel@art-newyork.org


May 9, 2011: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
LEESE WALKER to do a presentation on SAME RIVER

Artistic Director, Leese Walker has been invited by the Women's City Club of New York to do a special presentation on SA's interview-based show SAME RIVER. The innovative project involves interviewing people about fracking and water in the environs of the performance venue to generate material for the improvised show. Leese will share documentation of the project and there will be a Q&A session following.
VENUE: Women's City Club of New York
ADDRESS: 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1403 , New York, NY
PHONE: 212.353.8070
EMAIL: info@wccny.org
WEBSITE: http://wccny.org/
May 9, 2011: 1:00 PM


May 7, 2011: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
Regional Congress of Anti-Fracking Groups

The Brecht Forum will be hosting a conversation with many different anti-fracking groups in order to share where everyone is at, identify and further advance common goals and strategies, consolidate the already extant networks under a more comprehensive umbrella, and plan a Press Kit that everyone will be able to use in their respective (and, hopefully, more closely coordinated) campaigns. This will be a great opportunity to plug any upcoming actions and events your group has planned, and to recruit help for organizing and outreach. This is all about creating a nexus of communication, a vehicle for resource sharing, organizing joint actions and generating collective responses to challenges we all face.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
May 7, 2011: 1:00 PM
FREE!
This meeting is to discuss the formation of a structured network of anti-fracking organizations in the region. A network can provide a means of "aggregating member power and achieving the scale and scope needed" to stop the further spread of this dangerous and destructive extraction method without disrupting the initiative and autonomy of individual member organizations.


May 6, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Step into SAME RIVER at this month's FIRST FRIDAY

This month the group will improvise off of interviews collected for the new evening-length touring work, SAME RIVER. The interview-based piece is based on stories about water, water issues and the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking" which is tearing communities apart upstate and threatening NYC's drinking water. The performance is part of a weekend of related events at the Brecht Forum. The SA Ensemble will be joined by students from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School where SA completed a 6 week residency on fracking, water and created a version of SAME RIVER with over 130 students.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
May 6, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
"The issues of leasing, of security, of conflict, of confusion, of activism, of passion and anger were beautifully constructed by the company using improvisation, movement, text and song. [Strike Anywhere's] skill at communicating the complexity and pathos of the issue of our water, our way of life, of our relationship to the gas and oil industry infiltrating our neighborhoods was striking." -Sabrina Artel, WJFF Radio, February 2011


May 5, 2011: Benefit Performance - Brooklyn, New York
LEESE WALKER to Receive PASSING IT ON AWARD

These awards, now in their tenth year, have been designed to honor individuals in the arts who have revealed and transformed our creative world. By instigating and enduring change the have deepened the definition of their field and paved the way for others. The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) arts and artists in progress awards have gone to some of the most talented, generous, creative and inventive individuals in NYC dance, theater or performance.

The PASSING IT ON AWARD goes to someone of the awardees choosing and creates a complete cycle where a panel of peers chooses the awardees and the awardees choose someone who demonstrate some of the same qualities that they, themselves, were chosen for.

VENUE: BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
ADDRESS: , Brooklyn, New York
PHONE: 718-832-0018
EMAIL: info@bax.org
WEBSITE: http://www.bax.org
May 5, 2011: 7:30 p.m.
$25, $50 & $100
The 2011 BAX ARTS EDUCATOR award will be given to TERRY GREISS Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Irondale Ensemble. Terry has chosen to honor SA's Artistic Director, Leese Walker with his "Passing It On Award".


April 21, 2011: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
SNIP-IT OF SAME RIVER AT GREENPIECE

The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will perform a short excerpt from SAME RIVER, their interview-based piece about water issues and the controversial natural gas extraction process known as fracking. The performance is part of a larger ECO-ART event entitled GREENPIECE: ECO-ACTIVISM IN POETRY, MUSIC AND PROSE. All proceeds go to Rock n' Renew.
VENUE: One and One
ADDRESS: 76 East First St. (Corner of 1st Ave.), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 598-9126
WEBSITE: http://www.oneandoneny.com
April 21, 2011: 7PM


April 1, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
april fools !!FreEpLaY!!

Topsy Turvy. Inside Out. Things are not what they seem...Come to the Brecht Forum for a night of site specific improvised fun! Games, surprises...the SA Ensemble takes it OUT - creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
April 1, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and theater, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Brooklyn Skyline


March 25, 2011: SAME RIVER - NY , NY
SAME RIVER at JKO High School

SAME RIVER is an-interview based show which examines the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic-fracturing (commonly known as "fracking") and its effects on the community and the environment. Students from the school will perform alongside of Strike Anywhere's professional ensemble of jazz musicians, dancers and actors as they improvise a show based on interviews with the public. The project is a collaboration between Roundabout Theater Company, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and J.K.O. High School. The show is the culmination of an eight-week school-wide residency by the theaters' teaching-artists in the school. An visual installation in the lobby will highlight what science and art students learned about fracking and the water cycle over the course of the residency.
VENUE: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
ADDRESS: 120 West 46 Street , NY , NY
PHONE: (212) 391-1293
WEBSITE: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/02/M529
March 25, 2011: 7:00 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) $2.50 for JKO students and parents
"The issues of leasing, of security, of conflict, of confusion, of activism, of passion and anger were beautifully constructed by the company using improvisation, movement, text and song. Their skill at communicating the complexity and pathos of the issue of our water, our way of life, of our relationship to the gas and oil industry infiltrating our neighborhoods was striking."

Sabrina Artel, Trailer Talk, WJFF Radio


March 19, 2011: SAME RIVER - New York, NY
PANEL DISCUSSION: Fighting Fracking Through Art

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, will present findings from SA's newest project SAME RIVER at this year's Left Forum. The panel discussion features artivists of note who have turned their attention to the controversial natural gas extraction process known as Hydraulic-fracturing or "Fracking" - a process that is devastating to the environment and human health.
VENUE: The Left Forum @ Pace University
ADDRESS: One Pace Plaza , New York, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.leftforum.org
March 19, 2011: 12:00-1:50 p.m.
$20 (Sat conference only) - $60 (3 days of conference)


March 11, 2011: Soundpainting - New York, NY
HAIKU FLIGHTS

Haiku Flights is a performance by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. The company will share a series of haikus, each of which will launch an improvisation. SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Cornelia Street Cafe
ADDRESS: 29 Cornelia St , New York, NY
PHONE: 212) 989-9319
WEBSITE: http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com
March 11, 2011: 6 PM
$10 cover (1 drink minimum)
HAIKU FLIGHTS features: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Rob Henke (trumpet), Damen Scranton (actor), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Leese Walker (actor/artistic director).


March 4, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
!! FreEpLaY !! every FIRST FRIDAY of the month!

This month's !!FreEpLaY!! will take its title from an audience suggestion. Strike Anywhere's monthly series provides the ensemble with a forum for experimentation. New structures for improvisation, new material can all find their way into a monthly !!FreEpLaY!! SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition and the sounds of the room to shape what they play.

Featured this month: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Damen Scranton (actor), Rolf Sturm (guitar) & Leese Walker (actor/artistic director) with special guest: Chris Washburn (trombone/tuba)

VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
March 4, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience 'a happening' in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us. -Asbury Park Press


February 28, 2011: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
SITI CO. & IRONDALE TECHNIQUE SWAP
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
February 28, 2011: 6-8:30PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this bi-annual series allows two ensemble theaters to swap devising or training techniques in a workshop setting. A limited number of ensemble theater practitioners will be invited to participate in the workshop exchange. The final half hour will be devoted to a discussion in which participants compare and contrast the set of techniques. This month Siti Company will lead an intro to the Suzuki and Viewpoints techniques and the Irondale Ensemble will share theater/ensemble-building games (Spolin lineage) that they have adapted for their own devising and training purposes.


February 6, 2011: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, N.Y.
SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP at the BAMkids Film Festival

Jump into a Soundpainting! Kids & parents of all ages will create a live painting of sound, movement, and spoken word. Participants can choose whether they want to be an actor, a dancer, or a musician (bring an instrument if you have one, percussion instruments will be available). Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and SA Ensemble Member, Rolf Sturm will teach the conducting language of Soundpainting. After learning a few Soundpainting gestures, everyone will be a member of the Soundpainting Ensemble that will turn the room into a carnival of sound and spectacle. Wear clothes to move in.
VENUE: Brooklyn Academy of Music
ADDRESS: Hillman Attic Studio 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: 718-636-4130 x4
WEBSITE: http://www.bam.org
February 6, 2011: 1:30-2:15 PM and 3:30-4:15 PM
FREE!


February 4, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
MACHINAL Mash-up

Strike Anywhere's monthly series provides the ensemble with a forum for experimentation. This month the ensemble is joined by Blessed Unrest, another NYC-based ensemble theater who is currently in the rehearsals for a production of "Machinal". Written in 1928, "Machinal" is a powerful expressionist drama about women's financial dependence on men, and one woman's attempt to break free. Strike Anywhere's improvisers will collide with Blessed Unrest's actors to blast open the scenes they have rehearsed - what happens when you put improvisers in the room with actors who are blocking a play? How can the audience, cast and SA ensemble use Soundpainting to deconstruct the play? SA will improvise off of the themes, lines, rhythms and blocking that Blessed Unrest brings to the performance. It is a mash-up! Come see what happens.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
February 4, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
Strike Anywhere will offer a FREE PRE-SHOW SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP from 7:15-8PM. Come early and learn how to soundpaint. The sign language is used to conduct improvisations and will be used in the performance that night. Learn how it works so you can decode what is going on and join in if you want to!


January 29, 2011: Master Class Series - Philadelphia, PA
SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP at the NET Micro-Fest

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker and SA Ensemble Member, Rolf Sturm (Guitar) will teach a workshop in Soundpainting. SOUNDPAINTING is the live composing sign language for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. The language was created by New York composer Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Walker has worked with the WTO since 1997 and Sturm since 1987. At present the language comprises over 800 gestures that are signed by the composer/conductor indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. Soundpainting is a sculpting tool. It allows a conductor to shape group improvisations in ways that were never previously possible. Imagine a group of musicians improvising a swing jazz tune together while a group of dancers and actors move in unison together. The conductor signs and the entire group sneezes together and then the musicians join the actors and dancers in the unison movement. The conductor signs again and the whole group breaks out hysterically laughing and then slowly morphs back into the original jazz tune.
VENUE: Network of Ensemble Theaters MICRO-FEST Philly
ADDRESS: Drexel University Campus 3401 Filbert, Philadelphia, PA
WEBSITE: www.ensembletheaters.net
January 29, 2011: 2:30-4:15 PM
$15 drop-in, FREE with festival pass
Although Soundpainting is wildly popular in Europe, Strike Anywhere is one of only three theatre companies in the U.S. using this new approach to improvisation. Leese and Rolf are full-time artists and educators and bring a joyful, ensemble-approach to their teaching style. Participants will learn a couple dozen soundpainting gestures and will employ these gestures in a series of compositions by the end of the workshop. Wear clothes to move in and bring an instrument if you play.


January 7, 2011: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Three Soundpaintings

For this month's !!FreEpLaY!! Strike Anywhere will be joined by Soundpainter Evan Mazunik and the Cold Reading Trio. The group will perform three Soundpaintings each conducted by a different Soundpainter. Soundpainting is the system of conducting/composing developed by Walter Thompson and the Walter Thompson Orchestra for performers working in the medium of structured improvisation. At present, this system includes more than 750 gestures signed by the conductor/composer indicating the type of improvisation desired of the performers. A conductor signs to improvisers and the performers respond to the gestures in real time creating a compositional dialogue between conductor and improvisers.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
January 7, 2011: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) Free with your APAP Badge! Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
Featuring SA Ensemble Members: Rob Henke (trumpet), Damen Scranton (Actor), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Leese Walker(Actor). SA Associate Member: Ian Axness will conduct and play piano. Amanda Hinkle on Box.

Special Guests: COLD READING TRIO - Evan Mazunik (accordion/piano), Christian Pincock (valve trombone) and John O'Brien (percussion).


December 3, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Step into SAME RIVER at this month's FIRST FRIDAY

In July 2010, Strike Anywhere began work on SAME RIVER. The interview-based project explores the theme of water through the eyes of local residents. The company performed its first 10 day residency in Sullivan County, NY at NACLs Catskill Festival of New Theater. Aware of the conflict that was raging in the region, the company dropped into a firestorm. They found rural towns torn apart by a battle over natural gas drilling and its effects on water. The Delaware River Basin, which provides 16 million people with drinking water (including NYC), was under siege. The picture was complex. Passions were high. The ensemble met one-on-one with activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians. The interviews form the basis for the improvised performance. Experience what SA found out. Join into the conversation. Audience responses will be wrapped into the performance. A tightly structured discussion will follow the show.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
December 3, 2010: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
I dont know how you did it, but you managed to really capture the voices of the community  Colette Ballew, local teacher I think we were all surprised that you took us to heart.  John, local carpenter.


December 3, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
Step into SAME RIVER at this month's FIRST FRIDAY

In July 2010, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble began work on SAME RIVER. The interview-based project explores the theme of water through the eyes of local residents. The company performed its first 10 day residency in Sullivan County, NY at NACL's Catskill Festival of New Theater. Aware of the conflict that was raging in the region, the company dropped into a firestorm. They found rural towns torn apart by a battle over natural gas drilling and its effects on water. The Delaware River Basin, which provides 16 million people (including NYC) with drinking water, was under siege. The picture was complex. Passions were high. The ensemble met one-on-one with activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians. Experience what SA found...add to the picture. The project is designed as a feedback loop. Audience members respond in real time to what is happening on stage by writing responses which then influence the performance. "It is not some problem far away...we all need water and the Delaware provides NYC with its drinking water. We all need the SAME RIVER."
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
December 3, 2010: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) - Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
"I don't know how you did it, but you managed to really capture the voices of the community." - Colette Ballew, local teacher

"I think we were all surprised that you took us to heart." - John, local carpenter.


November 5, 2010: Benefit Performance - New York, NY
Celebrate LIVE THEATER at our DAY OF THE DEAD party!!!

SA's Annual Benefit features Mexican music, fanciful costumes, pop-up performances, puppetry, a return visit of the Manhattan International HS student actors and a video doc of SA's most recent interview-based project SAME RIVER. A fun fiesta...not to be missed!
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
November 5, 2010: TBA
Tickets are $45-$250 - Click Here to Buy Tickets Online


October 25, 2010: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
Ensemble Theater - What's The Point?

Why does it matter that your company chooses to function an an ensemble? Letting our stakeholders and potential supporters in on what it means to be an ensemble is critical. At this month's Roundtable, we will share different strategies and brainstorm ways to let people in on what it means to be an ensemble and why the process is so important.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
October 25, 2010: 6-8:30PM
FREE! Must RSVP to attend
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


October 1, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
!! FreEpLaY !! a tribute to Bob Bowen

Honoring SA's bassist Bob Bowen, who was recently killed in a hit-and-run accident, SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Colleagues of Bob will sit in. In the tradition of Bob, it will be an open improvisation - the ensemble will create art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
October 1, 2010: 8 P.M.
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) - Click Here to Buy Tickets Online
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience 'a happening' in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us. -Asbury Park Press


September 21-22, 2010: Master Class Series - NY, NY
NETWorks: The ABCs of Today's Creative Touring Partnerships

The environment for touring has changed considerably in the last few years. Producing theaters are increasingly presenting and the rise of national and international performance festivals is creating greater opportunities to share the work. At the same time the sluggish economy is making many presenters risk-averse, looking for the sure bets. In this shifting arena, what do ensembles and companies need to know as they prepare to tour or re-think how they tour? Led by touring artists and activist presenters, this artist-centered workshop will map the touring landscape, build skills and share resources to prepare artists and companies to go out on the road. Whether you're touring to a theater across town or to a performing arts center across the country (or just thinking about touring) you won't want to miss this opportunity.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
September 21-22, 2010: 7-10:30 PM
Pay What You Can
The Ensemble's ABC Touring Seminar is made possible, in part, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York's Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Grant.


August 1, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - Highland Lake, NY
!! FreEpLaY !! SAME RIVER at the 2010 Catskill Festival of New Theater

Strike Anywhere turns its attention to Sullivan County, NY where a local battle over water safety is underway. Residents are up in arms over the destructive process of natural gas extraction known as "Fracking". Using its signature 3D Jazz style to improvise on the theme, the company weaves testimony of local residents with live improvised music and movement to explore the battle lines local residents and industry have drawn around WATER.
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
August 1, 2010: TBA
"The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience 'a happening' in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." -Asbury Park Press


July 19, 2010: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
July 19, 2010: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


June 15,2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
SCRATCH THAT:chalkboard improv and poetry

THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE creates an improvisational response to Fox News Host Glenn Becks attacks on the Brecht Forum by improvising on his use of the chalkboard in, SCRATCH THAT: CHALKBOARD IMPROV AND POETRY. SAs interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will share the evening with the internationally acclaimed performance versifiers MAYHEM POETS, whose one of a kind performance stays fresh no matter what they happen to be rhyming about. Strike Anywhere will improvise on Glenn Becks personality and the issues that he touches upon in his show using their signature style, 3D-Jazz. The evening is part of The 9.13 Project an International Theatre Festival at The Brecht Forum (June 9-20) designed to respond to Fox News Host, Glenn Becks attacks on the Brecht Forum.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 15,2010: 8 PM
$10-$50
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience  a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us. Asbury Park Press


June 13, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
ANTIGONE:remix - Immigrant Youth Speak!

For the final !! FreEpLaY !! of our '09-'10 season, students from Manhattan International HS will join the ensemble on stage with scenes and monologues from "Antigone". The ensemble will improvise off the material. Strike Anywhere is performing its 4th year-long residency at the school for recent immigrants where it partners closely with classroom teachers to improve students' comminication skills. The night will be a passionate cry for rebellion, for being heard, and for finding one's voice.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 13, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and movement, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Rick Palley, Brooklyn Skyline


May 9, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
MOTHER: The Scavenger Hunt!

THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE uses its monthly !!FreEpLaY!! performance series for an off-the-wall scavenger hunt. SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will riff on the theme of "Mother" to spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Clues and directives will guide the piece. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play. In light of Mother's Day, all mothers accompanied by a child get in free!
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
May 9, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"Untidy gray areas exist in the way we experience art - between artist and composition, between audience and performance, between painting and music and poetry and dance, between structure and chaos. ...Smack in the middle of this in-between-ness lives the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble." - Carlton Wilkinson, Asbury Park Press


May 7, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, N.Y.
See How the Breeze Blows Us!

Strike Anywhere will move its feast to Panetta for its first ALL IMPROV FRIDAY. SA will be part of a line-up which includes choreographer Danny Gwirtzman and performer Amy Larimer. Who knows what the content will be, we just know it will be improvised and that sea-breezes will be served. Come see how the breeze blows us!
VENUE: Panetta Movement Center
ADDRESS: 214 West 29th Street Suite 1001, 10th Floor, New York, N.Y.
PHONE: (212) 239-0831
EMAIL: office@panettamovementcenter.com
WEBSITE: http://www.panettamovementcenter.com
May 7, 2010: 8:30 PM
$5 suggested donation


May 3-4, 2010: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
Strike Anywhere Infiltrates the WTO!

For two nights, members of Strike Anywhere will merge with the Walter Thompson Orchestra for a safari through the wild world of Soundpainting! Many of the SA members originally met in the WTO, way back in 1997 or beyond. Leese, Rolf, Rob and Damen will take up their posts as core WTO members playing with Walter Thompson, the inventor of Soundpainting, demonstrating how this sign-lanugage for live composition has evolved over the 25 years that is has been around.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
May 3-4, 2010: 8 PM
$15


April 26, 2010: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
ENSEMBLE THEATER CROSS-TRAINING!

This month only, the Ensemble Roundtable gets physical. Members of Wreckio Ensemble, Bond Street Theatre, and the NACL will exchange training techniques with one another and the other participants through a series of interlocking workshops with a discussion following. Workshops will allow working professionals the opportunity to physically experience training and devising techniques by working with members from the three companies. The Learning-Exchange is designed for professional performers working in the field of Ensemble Theater. The workshops will be extremely physical and performers should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
April 26, 2010: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org


April 11, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
BRECHT/BARD MASH-UP!!

THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE uses its monthly !!FreEpLaY!! performance series to riff on poems by Bertolt Brecht and excerpts from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Performers from Blessed Unrest's current production of Midsummer(playing uptown at the Interart Theater) will be on hand to intersect excerpts of their production which will serve as fodder for Strike Anywhere to improvise on. Tannis Kowalchuk, Artistic Director of NACL Theatre will interject snip-its from her dynamic two-woman show "10 Brecht Poems". SA's interdisciplinary ensemble will use the material as a launch pad to spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed "3D-Jazz". Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
April 11, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"I've seen this performance several times now and every show is unique." - Kate Cordaro, Education Coordinator, Two River Theatre Company


April 2, 2010: 10 Brecht Poems - New York, NY
The Brecht Broads are Back!

Celebrating the opening of an art exhibit featuring wood cut prints of Bertolt Brecht, Tannis and Leese will perform an excerpt of "10 Brecht Poems". Featured on NPR, WBAI and German Public Radio, the dynamic duo use satire and a variety of performance styles to examine the horrors of war, the importance of solidarity and the need for dissent. This show was extended twice and has toured to over 40 venues. Look for a remount of the show later in the year as the Brecht Forum celebrates its 35th Anniversary.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
April 2, 2010: 6-9PM
FREE!
"Performing in a vaudevillian style including song, dance, storytelling, hand-painted slides and shadow-puppets, Tannis Kowalchuk and Leese Walker could be serving fairy tales to the kiddies, but their intent is far more poignant and appreciated." -Village Voice


March 14, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
SPRING AHEAD: IT'S TIME- the 3D Jazz Improv Show!

To celebrate the changing of the clocks, THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE uses its monthly !!FreEpLaY!! performance series to riff on the lengthening daylight hours and the rumor of impending spring. SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class jazz musicians, modern dancers, and actors will spontaneously spin out performance pieces in a style dubbed 3D-Jazz. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
March 14, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
Featuring: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Bob Bowen (bass), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Rolf Sturm (guitar) & Leese Walker (actor).

"The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience a 'happening' in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." -Asbury Park Press


February 14, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
!! FreEpLaY !! LOVE STINKS: The Anti-Valentine Improv Show - Featuring Guest Poet Jerry Williams

In honor of Valentine's Day, THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE uses its monthly !!FreEpLaY!! performance series to riff on the exquisite pain of heartache. The evening will feature several guest appearances including downtown performer Laura Wickens and poet Jerry Williams. Williams will read from "It's Not You, It's Me", his recently released collection of poetry on break-up and divorce. SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, and actors will improvise off of humorous and heart-wrenching stories of missed love, foolish foibles, heart-break and divorce. Known for their use of SOUNDPAINTING, the live composing sign language, the ensemble creates art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to shape what they play. !!FreEpLaY!! Sundays happen every second Sunday of the month at the Brecht Forum at 7:30PM.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
February 14, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and movement, set to music also improvised on the spot."

-Rick Palley, Brooklyn Skyline


February 1, 2010: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
February 1, 2010: 6-8:30 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


January 10, 2010: The Ensemble Theater Showcase - New York, NY
Showcasing the Best in Ensemble Theater

A quirky melange of feisty & thought-provoking ensembles. A MUST-SEE in the sea of showcases that is APAP! See our PRODUCTIONS PAGE for descriptions of the pieces that will be presented as part of The R&D Wing.

Featuring: ArtSpot Productions & Mondo Bizarro (New Orleans, LA), Purefinder (Brooklyn, NY), Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NY, NY) & the Wreckio Ensemble (NY NY)

VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
January 10, 2010: ***SPECIAL TIMES 6PM & 9PM***THIS MONTH ONLY!
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale) *FREE with your APAP Badge!
Ensemble Theater is where boundaries are being pushed, where innovation is happening, where risk-taking is the base-line of creation. For one night only, five ensembles will offer a sneak-peek of current work. Featuring an eclectic menu of soundpainted Shakespeare, physical theater, and site-specific social critique, the evening will highlight some of the tastiest treats from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.). Post-show drinks in lobby.


December 13, 2009: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
FREEPLAY! Every 2nd Sunday at the Brecht!

"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and movement, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Rick Palley, Brooklyn Skyline
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
December 13, 2009: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
It's our second 2nd SUNDAY AT THE BRECHT! FreePlay Sundays feature SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, designers and actors spontaneously creating performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble will step into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play. From special guests to Soundpainting, the evening will one of perpetual surprise.


November 17, 2009: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
DEVELOPING AND ENGAGING AN ENSEMBLE BOARD

Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two and a half hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
November 17, 2009: 6-8:30PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org


November 8, 2009: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
SA launches FREEPLAY SUNDAYS!!! EVERY 2ND SUNDAY AT THE BRECHT
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
November 8, 2009: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
THE STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE is proud to announce a new monthly performance series called FreePlay Sundays. Happening every second Sunday at the Brecht Forum, the evening will feature SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, designers and actors spontaneously creating performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble will wrap audience ideas into the development of the piece. Celebrate the birth of this new series as the ensemble weaves an impromptu performance based on a quote by Anais Nin. Featuring: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Bob Bowen (bass), Michel Gentile (flute), Nolan Kennedy, Damen Scranton, Rolf Sturm (guitar), Leese Walker.


October 17, 2009: Benefit Performance - Brooklyn, NY
FALL FLING-A-LING!

Having just completed a wildly successful set of performances of Macbeth Variations II at Irondale with SA's international sister Soundpainting company Anitya, Strike Anywhere is proud to share a taste of its work, entitled Ceci N'est Pas Macbeth. The evening will mix shards from that show with remnants of other acts that evening to spontaneously spin a surrealistic collage about performance.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
October 17, 2009: SA is on at 9 PM (Activities all day - FREE Dinner at 6PM - Performances 7:30-10PM)
FREE!
The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience - a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us.

-Asbury Park Press


October 1-3, 2009: The Macbeth Variations (a bilingual French/English production) - Brooklyn, NY
A Drum! A Drum! Macbeth Doth Come!!!

MACBETH VARIATIONS II is the second stage of an international collaboration between NYC-based Strike Anywhere and Paris-based Anitya. The two companies are innovators in their use of Soundpainting, the sign language for conducted improvisation, and its application to classical text.

MACBETH VARIATIONS II is a set of improvised inter-disciplinary compositions using Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" as the melody from which the improvisers depart. Just as jazz musicians improvise on jazz standards finding infinite variety within classic tunes, each performance of the show will be different. Improvisers rip apart rehearsed scenes and reassemble them in new ways examining the elasticity of ethics, the nature of ambition, and the corruption of the mind. The result is a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that is different every night.

Musicians: Bob Bowen (bass), Christophe Cagnolari (sax), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Rolf Sturm (guitar)

Performers: Donna Bouthillier, Maud Ivanov, Thierry Jozé, Nolan Kennedy, Maxime Nourissat, Damen Scranton & Leese Walker

Set: Kate Foster & David Evans Morris / Costumes: Camille Assaf / Lighting Design: Nolan Kennedy

GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW!!!

VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
October 1-3, 2009: 8 PM
$40 (Recession Sliding Scale $20-$40 pay what you can)
"An event that brings together musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and actors in an audacious version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. ...Shakespeare would have been proud of this modern take of his classic."

-Daniel Brown, Radio France


July 27, 2009: The Ensemble Roundtable - NY, NY
Cross Collaboration & Cross Pollination: How can Ensembles Work Together?

Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
July 27, 2009: 6-8 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. TO MEMBERSERVICES@ART-NEWYORK.ORG (no walk-ins)
This month's roundtable will explore ways that ensemble theaters can connect to one another. How can we share resources & knowledge? In times of economic turmoil are there ways we can band together to ensure each other's survival?


July 18, 2009: Master Class Series - New York, N.Y.
A Technique Swap between Dandelion Dance and Strike Anywhere

Be part of an exchange of ideas and techniques when Dandelion Dance Company (San Francisco, CA) collides with the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (New York, NY) to share training and devising techniques.
VENUE: TADA
ADDRESS: 15 West 28th Street 3rd Floor , New York, N.Y.
EMAIL: office@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.tadatheater.com
July 18, 2009: 11-2 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to: office@strikeanywhere.info


June 7, 2009: Benefit Performance - New York, NY
FRENCH KISS - La Soiree des Surprises!

For eleven years, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble has been rigorously testing the boundaries of interdisciplinary performance and using theatre to transform student learning. Now Strike Anywhere is reaching across the Atlantic. We are embracing the foremost French Soundpainting Orchestra, ANITYA, to devise a new production entitled MACBETH VARIATIONS which will be produced later this year. Help us celebrate this first with a FRENCH KISS. Join us for an evening of gypsy jazz, pop-up performances, a silent auction and a mini morsel of MACBETH. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Strike Anywhere's upcoming collaboration and its educational programs.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 7, 2009: 6-9 PM
$45 (1 ticket), $100 (1 ticket & VIP seating), $150 (2 tix & VIP seating), $250 (2 tix & VIP seating & reception), $500+(more!)
6:00 PM Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres & Silent Auction

7:30 PM Performances

8:45 PM Silent Auction Winners Announced

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

*PLEASE NOTE: There is limited seating. ONLY THOSE WITH VIP SEATING ARE GUARANTEED SEATS DURING THE PERFORMANCE PORTION OF THE EVENING.


May 16, 2009: NETnite - New York, N.Y.
NETnite- A Celebration of Ensemble Theater Performance & Practice

All over America, ensemble theaters are on the rise, breaking boundaries and redefining what constitutes performance. Join us for NETnite when 3 members of the NETWORK OF ENSEMBLE THEATERS (N.E.T.) will share an excerpt of current work and a taste of their process. Curated and hosted by New York's Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. Featuring special guests: LAVA (New York, NY), olive Dance Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)

RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH EMAIL at: project.audience@gmail.com OR BY CALLING: 212-453-4532.

VENUE: The Performance Project @ University Settlement
ADDRESS: 184 Eldridge Street (Corner of Rivington St), New York, N.Y.
PHONE: 212-453-4532
WEBSITE: Http://www.universitysettlement.org
May 16, 2009: 8 PM
$15 adults/$10 for students and seniors
A 2 hour MASTER CLASS for ensemble practitioners will take place during the afternoon, allowing performers to experience skill-building exercises and creation techniques of the ensembles featured in the evening performance. Workshop limited to 12 participants alongside of the NETnite performers. $40 workshop / $35 for NET members.

To reserve a spot in the workshop: Please send a check to University Settlement ATTN: Alison Fleminger 184 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002. Checks should be made out to University Settlement, write NETnite workshop in the memo section. For more information about the workshop please email office@strikeanywhere.info. The Learning Exchange will take place at The Performance Project @ University Settlement located at 184 Eldridge Street (Corner of Rivington St), New York, N.Y. For directions to the space, please visit: http://www.universitysettlement.org


April 27, 2009: The Ensemble Roundtable - New York, NY
Mulching the Soil: In this roundtable, we will discuss ways to integrate new ensemble members & create a longer life span for pieces

Convene with like-minded folk. At the Roundtable you can share ideas, raise questions, trade strategies, swap know-how & find out what is happening at the national level.
VENUE: TBD
ADDRESS: , New York, NY
April 27, 2009: 6-8 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org (location provided upon confirmation of reservation)
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


April 16-18, 2009: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
Anthony Braxton and Strike Anywhere Infiltrate the WTO!

Jazz legend, Anthony Braxton, is the featured soloist and has composed a series of palettes that will be Soundpainted into the evening's performance. Check out Strike Anywhere as they Soundpaint under the banner of the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Walter will conduct.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
April 16-18, 2009: 8 PM
Join several members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble as they slip back into the ranks of the WTO (Walter Thompson Orchestra). SA Ensemble Members: Rolf Sturm (guitar), Rob Henke (trumpet), Nicole Poole (actress), Damen Scranton(actor) and Leese Walker (actress/Artistic Director) all met as core members of the Walter Thompson Orchestra. Walter Thompson, inventor of Soundpainting, is making a rare stateside appearance. Originally a NYC-based composer, Walter has spent the last 5 years living in Sweden where he has enjoyed tremendous support for his work in conducted improvisation. This is a special treat. Please come!


April 26, 2009: Soundpainting - New York, NY
A Schechner Soundpainting!

Come support experimental theater and enjoy a few short soundpaintings by Strike Anywhere. Strike Anywhere's ensemble of musicians, dancers and actors will spontaneously weave a composition using the Soundpainting sign language to guide the improvisation. Experiencing a Soundpainting has been described as "3-D Jazz" or watching a sculptor create an audio/visual collage. The conductor communicates with the players using gestures that indicate how the improvisers should modify their improvisation. It is a kind of poetry in motion.
VENUE: Actor's Movement Studio
ADDRESS: 302 West 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave) , New York, NY
PHONE: 212-736-3309
WEBSITE: http://www.actorsmovementstudio.com
April 26, 2009: Benefit 7-10PM - SA Performs at 8:30PM
$20-$50 Pay-what-you-can! Benefit Performance
Come support the work of an important theatrical innovator, Richard Schechner. Schechner(born August 23, 1934) is a University Professor/Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, editor of TDR: The Drama Review, and artistic director of East Coast Artists. Schechner is one of the founders of the Performance Studies department of the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He also founded The Performance Group, an experimental theater troupe. Schechner was artistic director of TPG from its start in 1967 until 1980 when TPG changed its name to the Wooster Group which continues under the leadership of Elizabeth LeCompte. In 1992, Schechner founded a new theater company, East Coast Artists, of which he is still the artistic director. Tonight's Soundpainting is part of a benefit to support and celebrate Schechner's lifetime achievement in the field of experimental theater.


March 28, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - Brooklyn, N.Y.
VENUE: The Brooklyn Lyceum
ADDRESS: 227 4th Avenue , Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: 718-857-4816
WEBSITE: http://www.brooklynlyceum.com
March 28, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"A totally unpredictable and sometimes telepathically linked mixture of gesture, dance and theater, set to music also improvised on the spot." -Brooklyn Skyline


February 28, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - Brooklyn, N.Y.
VENUE: The Brooklyn Lyceum
ADDRESS: 227 4th Avenue , Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: 718-857-4816
WEBSITE: http://www.brooklynlyceum.com
February 28, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)


January 21, 2009: The Ensemble Roundtable - New York, NY
Moving Beyond The Conversation: In this roundtable, we will discuss tangible ways to build a strong, vibrant ensemble community in NYC and the region.

Convene with like-minded folk. At the Roundtable you can share ideas, raise questions, trade strategies, swap know-how & find out what is happening at the national level.
VENUE: TBD
ADDRESS: , New York, NY
January 21, 2009: 6-8 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. to Memberservices@art-newyork.org (location provided upon confirmation of reservation)
Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two hour conversation is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations.


January 11, 2009: The Ensemble Theater Showcase - New York, N.Y.
Ensembles: The R & D Wing of American Theater

Ensemble Theater is where boundaries are being pushed, where innovation is happening, where risk-taking is the base-line of creation. For one night only, ensemble theaters from around the country will converge to offer a sneak-peek of current work. Featuring an eclectic menu of puppetry, physical theater, Soundpainting and sharp comedy this evening will highlight some of the tastiest treats from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.). Curated and produced by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. Post-show drinks in lobby.
VENUE: The Interart Theater
ADDRESS: 500 West 52nd Street (Just West of 10th Avenue), 2nd floor, New York, N.Y.
PHONE: 212-875-7476
January 11, 2009: 6PM & 9PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. (212) 875-7476
Featuring: Blessed Unrest (New York, N.Y.) foolsFURY (San Francisco, CA.) The New York Neo-Futurists (New York, N.Y.) Sandglass Theater (Putney, Vt.) Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (New York, N.Y.) Watts Village Theater Company (Los Angeles, CA.)


January 24, 2010: !! FreEpLaY !! - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Come Kick off the Series in Brooklyn!!!

After launching the !! FreEpLaY !! Series in Manhattan, join the ensemble as we kick off a monthly party here in Brooklyn. Happening EVERY 4TH SUNDAY AT THE BROOKLYN LYCEUM at 7:30PM, the evening will feature SA's interdisciplinary ensemble of world-class musicians, dancers, designers and actors spontaneously spinning performance pieces. Part performance, part creativity lab, the ensemble will step into the unknown, creating art in the moment, allowing intuition, the sounds of the room and audience suggestion to guide what they play. From special guests to Soundpainting, the evening will one of perpetual surprise.

Featuring: Donna Bouthillier (dance), Bob Bowen (bass), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Nolan Kennedy, Damen Scranton, Rolf Sturm (guitar), Leese Walker.

VENUE: The Brooklyn Lyceum
ADDRESS: 227 4th Avenue , Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: 718-857-4816
WEBSITE: http://www.brooklynlyceum.com
January 24, 2010: 7:30 PM
$12-$25 (Sliding Scale)
"Untidy gray areas exist in the way we experience art - between artist and composition, between audience and performance, between painting and music and poetry and dance, between structure and chaos. ...Smack in the middle of this in-between-ness lives the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble." - Carlton Wilkinson, Asbury Park Press


November 22, 2008: NETnite - New York, N.Y.
THEATER ON A MISSION

All over America, ensemble theaters are on the rise, offering up their own brands of artist-driven, collaboratively created, innovative theater. Join us for NET Nite, when four members of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) will share a piece of their socially relevant and community-oriented work. Curated and hosted by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble.
VENUE: The Performance Project @ University Settlement
ADDRESS: 184 Eldridge Street (Corner of Rivington St), New York, N.Y.
PHONE: 212-453-4532
WEBSITE: Http://www.universitysettlement.org
November 22, 2008: 8 PM
$15 adults/$10 for students and seniors
Featuring: Bond Street Theater, Coatlicue Theatre Company and Hartbeat Ensemble.


11/6, 11/13, 11/20 & 12/4: Master Class Series - NY, NY
STRETCH YOURSELF!!! YOGA FOR YOU!

Come join us in dynamic play as we explore the realms of body, breath, and mind through a heart-expanding, fun-filled yoga practice. Through this 5 week series, open to all levels of yoga experience, we'll systematically work with the principles of alignment in a broad range of asanas (yoga postures). Utilizing partnering work, pranayama (breathing techniques), and perhaps some vocal work (mantra), the classes will encourage a joyful creativity within the practice of yoga.
VENUE: ART/NY Spaces at 520
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th) 3rd Floor, NY, NY
PHONE: (212) 244-6667 ext. 221
EMAIL: zhollwedel@art-newyork.org
11/6, 11/13, 11/20 & 12/4: 6:30-8PM
$15 Class, $2 Mat Rental DROP-INS WELCOME
Donna Bouthillier (a modern dancer and performer with Strike Anywhere) has been a serious student of yoga for 13 years. Last fall she completed an intensive (250+ hours) teacher training in Anusara Yoga. Donna has been a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999. Her explorations of the workings of the body/mind include study of the Alexander Technique, Continuum Movement, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Anusara Yoga and a BA in Psychology and Dance. She is a certified Zero Balancer. Through her years of study and her experience as a dancer, she has come to see the body as inherently changeable and deeply intelligent. In her private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, she aims to guide the client into a place of optimal alignment, so that body, mind, and spirit can work together with ease.


October 17, 2009: Benefit Performance - Brooklyn, NY
FALL FLING-A-LING!

Strike Anywhere will perform an improvised performance piece at Irondale's annual Fall Benefit. Drawing on its core ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians, the company will spontaneously weave a 3D Jazz tapestry.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
October 17, 2009: TBA
TBA
Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience  a happening in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us.

- Asbury Park Press


November 6 & 7, 2008: The Macbeth Variations (a bilingual French/English production) - Pantin, FRANCE
THE MACBETH VARIATIONS- SA SOUNDPAINTS IN FRANCE!

THE MACBETH VARIATIONS is a set of improvised inter-disciplinary compositions exploring Shakespeare's play "Macbeth". The performance features on-stage conductors who sculpt the improvisation through a complex sign language called Soundpainting. Soundpainting is the live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, and actors. Performers respond to the conductor's gestures by shaping their improvisation as signed. By using Soundpainting to disrupt narrative, to loop, splice and reorder text, the sonorous quality of Shakespeare's language takes front seat. The use of repetition and variation breeds multiple layers of meaning. The result is a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that transcends language; a soundscape that floats in the sea of jazz, and is anchored in classical text.
VENUE: La Nef
ADDRESS: 20 rue Rouget de Lisle , Pantin, FRANCE
PHONE: 01-41-50-07-20
EMAIL: la-nef@orange.fr
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.la-nef.org
November 6 & 7, 2008: 20:00
As part of the THE MACBETH VARIATIONS development process, the company is scheduled to perform a series of international learning exchanges with jazz legend, Francois Jeanneau and the foremost Soundpainting ensemble in France, Anitya. Over the course of the next year, the companies will trade ideas and new applications of Soundpainting using Strike Anywhere's THE MACBETH VARIATIONS project as their meeting point. This week in Paris represents the first stage of the artistic exchange.


10/20/08-12/1/08 (no class on 11/3): Master Class Series - Brooklyn, New York
PLAY!!! ENSEMBLE THEATER 101

Creating and performing as part of an ensemble is one of the most joyous forms of theater. Join master teacher, Leese Walker for a six week course. Participants will use theater games, improvisation, movement exercises and creative writing to learn to work collaboratively and to develop original performance material as a group. Leese is the Artistic Director of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, a multi-disciplinary ensemble theatre she founded in 1997. Leese also serves on the Board of Directors of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national consortium of over 100 ensemble theaters.
VENUE: BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
ADDRESS: , Brooklyn, New York
PHONE: 718-832-0018
EMAIL: info@bax.org
WEBSITE: http://www.bax.org
10/20/08-12/1/08 (no class on 11/3): Mondays from 7-9 PM
$280 PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
A Class for Curious, Creative Adults. No Experience Necessary.


October 11, 2008: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
Welcome to your New Home Irondale!!!

Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Irondale Ensemble's beautiful new home. After 5 years of preparation, the Irondale Center is ready. Free beer! Free performances! Games, drumming & a pot-luck community dinner. It should be a blast! See Irondale's website for the full line-up of Open House activities.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
October 11, 2008: SA is on at 9 PM (Activities all day - Dinner at 6PM - Performances 8-10PM)
FREE!
Strike Anywhere will share a taste of its new Soundpainting project, THE MACBETH VARIATIONS. The company is part of an exciting line-up of fabulous ensembles including Universes and Lava (remember them from our 10th Anniversary Benefit last year??) Come down and shake your thang for a great cause.


September 24, 2008: The Ensemble Roundtable - New York, NY
Attracting New Board Members to Your Ensemble

Co-produced by A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theaters) and Strike Anywhere, this quarterly roundtable brings together ensemble practitioners from around the region. The two hour session is loosely structured to allow ensemble members to swap strategies, trade know-how, raise questions and connect to one another through field-specific conversations and activities.
VENUE: TBD
ADDRESS: , New York, NY
September 24, 2008: 5-7 PM
FREE! MUST R.S.V.P. BY 9/18 to Memberservices@art-newyork.org (location provided upon confirmation of reservation)
Explore ways to attract new board members to your ensemble. At the 9/24 Roundtable, Ensemble practitioners will swap ideas and engage in experiential activities geared toward recruiting new board members.If you have questions please contact Lisa Stevenson at A.R.T./New York 212-244-6667; ext. 221 or Leese Walker, Strike Anywhere 212-875-7476.


June 8, 2008: Soundpainting - New York, NY
A TASTE OF STRIKE ANYWHERE!

Have you been thinking about volunteering? Looking for a meaningful way to get more involved in the community? SA offers many different ways to do so. Come see what we are doing, get to know us, let us get to know you...The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, informal chat, a showing of new and old performance work, and an intro to the many facets of the outreach work SA does in the community.
VENUE: The Zipper Factory
ADDRESS: Underground Studio Space 336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) , New York, NY
EMAIL: info@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thezipperfactory.com
June 8, 2008: 7 PM
Free! Reservations Recommended 212) 875-7476
Come and see what Strike Anywhere is all about. From our community outreach programs, to original productions and international collborations, SA has a lot happening. The company will share a taste of its latest production in development, "soundpaintingSHAKESPEARE" as well as highlight current educational outreach programs with the Special Olympics, with immigrant students at Manhattan International HS, and its 7th year of the Romeo and Juliet Residency at St. Aloysius in Harlem.


May 19, 2008: Soundpainting - New York, N.Y.
Strike Anywhere Soundpaints at the Salon!!!

Strike Anywhere will share a taste of the new soundpaintingSHAKESPEARE project. Check out this unortohodox remix of the Bard! By using Soundpainting to disrupt narrative, to loop, splice and reorder text, the sonorous quality of Shakespeare’s language takes front seat: the ferocity and beauty of Shakespeare’s text become sculptural elements. The use of repetition and variation breeds multiple layers of meaning and represents a fresh approach to Shakespeare. The result is a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that transcends language—a soundscape that floats in the sea of jazz, and is anchored in classical text.
VENUE: The Performance Project @ University Settlement
ADDRESS: 184 Eldridge Street (Corner of Rivington St), New York, N.Y.
PHONE: 212-453-4532
WEBSITE: Http://www.universitysettlement.org
May 19, 2008: 7PM
Free!
The Performance Project/Live Arts Collaboration hosts this monthly Salon, where audiences have a singular opportunity to unwrap the creative process. Each evening, selected artists from across disciplines will share samples of a work-in-progress, illuminate their process, seek out collaboration, and engage in a talk-back with the audience. A reception will follow.


May 28, 2008: The Ensemble Roundtable - New York, NY
A.R.T./NY and Strike Anywhere Host an Event for Ensemble Practioners!

Ensemble theaters occupy a unique space in the American theater. Encompassing a field as diverse as the country itself, ensembles are often defined by a deep connection to community, collective decision-making power and ownership, long gestation periods to devise new work, egalitarian processes and artists/administrators who work together consistently over years. The needs and concerns of ensembles are often quite different than their more traditional cousins. Over the last 5 years, the field has enjoyed greater visibility, thanks to the organizing and advocacy efforts of N.E.T. (Network of Ensemble Theaters) and funders like Duke, Ford, NEA, APAP and Flintridge who have lent major support to the ensemble field.
VENUE: The Zipper Factory
ADDRESS: Underground Studio Space 336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) , New York, NY
EMAIL: info@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thezipperfactory.com
May 28, 2008: 6:00-7:30PM
FREE! RSVP by May 26th to MemberServices@art-newyork.org or 212-244-6667; ext. 320
Ensemble Practitioners: Please join us for the Ensemble Roundtable where you can: bring games or ideas to share, raise questions, trade strategies, swap know-how & find out what is happening at the national level. Come convene with like-minded folk. Those who wish to continue the conversation beyond the allotted time are invited to move upstairs to the Zipper Tavern following the roundtable.


April 29-30, 2008: Soundpainting - New York, N.Y.
soundpaintingSOPHOCLES

soundpaintingSOPHOCLES is a set of improvised inter-disciplinary compositions for instrumentalists and actors. The composition uses different scenes from Antigone as points of departure. The performance features an on-stage conductor who sculpts the improvisation through a complex sign language called Soundpainting. World-class musicians and actors well-versed in the language of Soundpainting respond to the conductor's gestures by shaping their improvisation as signed. Musicians might jump from an up-tempo swing-feel to a splatter of pointillistic sound, as actors, tangled in a conflict, suddenly reveal their whirring interiors through a set of repetitive actions. The result is a three dimensional aural collage that up-ends expectation and blurs the boundaries between music and theater.
VENUE: Milagro Theater @ Clemente Soto Velez Center
ADDRESS: 107 Suffolk Street (Between Rivington & Delancey), New York, N.Y.
PHONE: (212) 260-4080
WEBSITE: http://csvcenter.com/2005/
April 29-30, 2008: 8 PM
$12
Featuring: Donna Bouthillier as Ismene, Brian Duguay as Creon and Nicole Poole as Antigone; Musicians: Bob Bowen (bass), Michel Gentile (flute) and Rob Henke (trumpet) with Leese Walker conducting.

"Led by founder and director Leese Walker, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble merges music, theater, improvisation, and structured composition into a total multi-media experience – a “happening” in which art leaps off the wall and into the seat next to us." --Asbury Park Press


April 18, 2008: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, N.Y.
soundpaintingSHAKESPEARE

Strike Anywhere will share a taste of the new soundpaintingSHAKESPEARE project. Check out this unortohodox remix of the Bard! By using Soundpainting to disrupt narrative, to loop, splice and reorder text, the sonorous quality of Shakespeare’s language takes front seat: the ferocity and beauty of Shakespeare’s text become sculptural elements. The use of repetition and variation breeds multiple layers of meaning and represents a fresh approach to Shakespeare. The result is a highly-charged interdisciplinary performance event that transcends language—a soundscape that floats in the sea of jazz, and is anchored in classical text.
VENUE: Brooklyn Academy of Music
ADDRESS: Hillman Attic Studio 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: 718-636-4130 x4
WEBSITE: http://www.bam.org
April 18, 2008: 5 PM
Free!
Strike Anywhere will share a taste of its latest project with teachers and students who participated in the 2008 Shakespeare Teaches Teachers/Students Program, which promotes innovative, experiential approaches to teaching Shakespeare in NYC.


January 13, 2008: Soundpainting - New York, NY
UNDER THE ZIPPER - N.E.T. at APAP!

Strike Anywhere is proud to host UNDER THE ZIPPER a showcase of Ensemble Theater designed to coincide with the 2008 Arts Presenters Conference. Strike Anywhere will share two excerpts of current work: a "Soundpainting" and its dynamic two-woman vaudeville, "10 Brecht Poems". Soundpainting is the live compositional sign language designed by Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, and actors working in the medium of structured improvisation. This gestural sign language of over 750 signs allows a conductor to communicate with an orchestra of performers and to shape an improvisation while it is in motion. SA is one of only 3 theater companies in the United States licensed to use the Soundpainting language. "10 Brecht Poems" is a collaboration with NACL Theatre. Tannis Kowalchuk (NACL) and Leese Walker (Strike Anywhere) use satire and a variety of performance styles to bring to life 10 poems by Bertolt Brecht, the renowned German playwright and social critic.
VENUE: The Zipper Factory
ADDRESS: Underground Studio Space 336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) , New York, NY
EMAIL: info@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thezipperfactory.com
January 13, 2008: 6PM & 9PM
Free! Reservations Recommended 212) 875-7476
UNDER THE ZIPPER is a dim sum sampling of ENSEMBLE THEATER. Companies from around the country will converge at a new underground space at the Zipper Factory to share a nibble of current work. Featured companies include: THEATRE OF YUGEN, STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE, SANDGLASS THEATER, NACL THEATRE, M.U.G.A.B.E.E. and BOND STREET THEATRE.


January 13, 2008: 10 Brecht Poems - New York, NY
UNDER THE ZIPPER - N.E.T. at APAP!

Strike Anywhere is proud to host UNDER THE ZIPPER a showcase of Ensemble Theater designed to coincide with the 2008 Arts Presenters Conference. UNDER THE ZIPPER will feature 6 Ensemble Theaters: THEATRE OF YUGEN, STRIKE ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE, SANDGLASS THEATER, NACL THEATRE, M.U.G.A.B.E.E. and BOND STREET THEATRE. Ensemble Theater is where boundaries are being pushed, where innovation is happening, where risk-taking is the base-line of creation. For one night only, ensemble theaters from around the country will converge at a new underground space at the Zipper Factory to offer a sneak-peek of current work. Featuring an eclectic menu of puppetry, hip-hop/jazz, American Noh Theater, and Brechtian vaudeville this evening will highlight some of the tastiest treats from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.). Post-show cocktails at Zipper Tavern upstairs.
VENUE: The Zipper Factory
ADDRESS: Underground Studio Space 336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) , New York, NY
EMAIL: info@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thezipperfactory.com
January 13, 2008: 6PM & 9PM
Free! Reservations Recommended 212) 875-7476
These companies are all members of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.) which exists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. A national coalition of over 80 distinct ensemble theater companies, N.E.T. links a diverse array of ensembles and practitioners to one another and the performing arts field, encouraging collaborations and disseminating knowledge and discoveries. N.E.T. is the place where the national conversation about ensemble theater is happening.


November 22, 2008: NETnite - New York, N.Y.
A Taste of Ensemble Theater!

For one night only, join us for a diverse sampling of Ensemble Theater. Ensemble Theater is where boundaries are being pushed, where innovation is happening, where risk-taking is the base-line of creation. For one night only, ensemble theaters from the North-East will converge on the Lower East Side to offer a sneak-peek of current work. The evening will feature four ensembles from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (N.E.T.) who will share a taste of their work as well as a look into their ensemble process.
VENUE: The Performance Project @ University Settlement
ADDRESS: 184 Eldridge Street (Corner of Rivington St), New York, N.Y.
PHONE: 212-453-4532
WEBSITE: Http://www.universitysettlement.org
November 22, 2008: 8 PM


November 12, 2007: Benefit Performance - New York, NY
STRIKE ANYWHERE'S BLOWOUT 10TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT!!!

Sharing excerpts from SA's newest work-in-progress A JOHN LENNON SOUNDPAINTING, the bohemian bash is sure to be blast. Live music, raunchy acts, tasty treats of all kinds...all to raise money for the troupe we know and love, Strike Anywhere.
VENUE: The Zipper Factory
ADDRESS: Underground Studio Space 336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) , New York, NY
EMAIL: info@strikeanywhere.info
WEBSITE: http://www.thezipperfactory.com
November 12, 2007: 6:30 Cocktails, 8PM Shows
$35 and up
Don't miss an eclectic menu of trapeze, tarot, burlesque, jazz and clowning. Featuring performances by Universes (poetry-jazz-theater), LAVA (female acrobats), the Ukuladies (Ukulele Trio), 4-Five-VI (Live music & Silent Film), Howlin' Vic (Hoola Hooping Strip Tease!) and Strike Anywhere of course!


October 18, 2007: 10 Brecht Poems - Buffalo, NY
VENUE: Buffalo Seminary
ADDRESS: 205 Bidwell Parkway , Buffalo, NY
PHONE: 716.885.6780
WEBSITE: http://buffaloseminary.org
October 18, 2007: 8PM


October 16, 2007: 10 Brecht Poems - Oswego, NY
VENUE: SUNY College-Oswego
ADDRESS: 7060 Route 104 , Oswego, NY
PHONE: 315.312.2500
WEBSITE: http://www.oswego.edu
October 16, 2007: 8 PM
Free!
Hewitt Union Ballroom


October 28, 2007: Soundpainting - New York, NY
Eating our way to extinction-a Jolly Soundpainting of epic proportions!

As part of the Globesity Festival, Strike Anywhere has been commissioned to create a Soundpainting examining the U.S. obsession with over-consumption. Using the Soundpainting sign language to sculpt the improvised performance, Strike Anywhere will create a 3D performance collage sure to delight, surprise and provoke. Soundpainting is a compositional tool that allows a conductor to create real-time sculpted improvisations with actors, dancers and musicians. Strike Anywhere is the only theatre company in the US currently licensed to perform using the Soundpainting language.
VENUE: Theater for the New City
ADDRESS: 155 First Avenue (Between 9th and 10th St) , New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 254-1109
WEBSITE: http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/
October 28, 2007: 7:30PM
FREE!
Featuring Musicians: Jody Espina (reeds), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Rolf Sturm (guitar); Dancers: Donna Bouthillier; Actors: Brian Duguay, Nicole Poole and Leese Walker.


September 3, 2007: Soundpainting - Fayette , Maine
IMAGINE - a John Lennon Soundpainting

At this year's annual Network of Ensemble Theatres Conference, Strike Anywhere will share a work-in-progress showing of its latest Soundpainting exploration, that of the maverick former Beatle, John Lennon. Using the Soundpainting sign language, conductor Jody Espina will sculpt the improvisation, mixing pieces of Lennon's writings, songs and interviews into a dada-esque performance collage, created on the spot.
VENUE: Network of Ensemble Theatres Conference
ADDRESS: 19 Echo Lake Road Camp Winnebago, Fayette , Maine
PHONE: (207) 685-4918
EMAIL: unkandycw@aol.com
WEBSITE: www.campwinnebago.com
Featuring Musicians: Michel Gentile (flute), Jody Espina (reeds), Rolf Sturm (guitar); Dancers: Andrea Ariel and Donna Bouthiller; Actors: Brian Duguay and Leese Walker.


August 7, 2007: Soundpainting - Loch Sheldrake, New York
A Silly Summer Soundpainting!

A madcapped romp through the zany world of Kook-quirk-istan! Using the Soundpainting sign language to guide this improvised performance, the Strike Anywhere Ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians will delight young audiences with their quick-witted wackiness. After a quick pre-show intro, the students will be wrapped into the performance having learned a handful of soundpainting getsures.
VENUE: Sullivan County Community College
ADDRESS: 112 College Road , Loch Sheldrake, New York
PHONE: 845-434-5750
August 7, 2007: 10:30 AM
Featuring Musicians: Jody Espina (reeds), Michel Gentile (flute), Rob Henke (trumpet), Rolf Sturm (guitar); Dancers: Andrea Ariel and Lindsey Dietz-Marchant; Actors: Brian Duguay and Leese Walker.


July 13-14, 2007: 10 Brecht Poems - Highland Lake, NY
The Brecht Broads Come Home!

After a triumphant tour to 45 plus places, from Pontine Theatre in a blizzard to the windy city and most recently out to sunny CA and back...the Brecht Gals are coming home! Catch their two night stint at NACL's lovely hideaway in the Catskills...where the nights are cool, the beer always chilled and those sexy gals in wool coats HOT! Oi!
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
July 13-14, 2007: 8PM
$15 / $12 Students and Seniors


August 17-19, 2007: Teaching Artist Training - New York, N.Y.
Your Acting Can Make A Difference!

Put those acting skills to work in a job that can have a positive impact on young people and the education field. NYC is in the forefront of a national experiment where the arts are being used to animate education. Train to be a teaching-artist. Use your craft and earn a living!
VENUE: SITI Company
ADDRESS: 520 Eighth Ave., 3rd floor , New York, N.Y.
August 17-19, 2007: Friday 6-9PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM-5PM
$375 ($300 if you register by August 1, 2007)
Teaching Artist Institute is for performers who wish to train as teaching-artists and for teaching artists who want to take their teaching to the next level. In this experiential institute, we will explore ways to actively involve the classroom teacher, learn how to structure workshops and residencies so that the aim is crystal clear, and try out some practical solutions to common behavior issues. TA’s will be encouraged to bring in challenges that they have encountered in the field for the group to problem-solve. You will increase your toolbox of games and exercises and have a great time doing so!


April 26-28, 2007: 10 Brecht Poems - San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Braces for Brechtian Brou-haha!

With 40 plus venues under their Brechtian Belt, the dynamic duo heads to the "Best Coast" to perform at the FURY factory Festival in San Francisco. If you live in the Bay Area, and you have not yet seen the show, GO! One weekend only!
VENUE: FURY factory Festival
ADDRESS: Travelling Jewish Theatre 470 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA
PHONE: 415-626-0453 ext. 108
WEBSITE: http://www.foolsfury.org
April 26-28, 2007: 7 PM
$15 General Admission / $12 Student/Senior
"10 Brecht Poems" will be presented as part of a special NET (Network of Ensemble Theatres) weekend. This festival within a festival will feature performances, workshops and panels focused on the growing cultural movement of ensemble theatre in America.


April 25, 2007: 10 Brecht Poems - Mill Valley, CA
VENUE: ThrockMorton Theatre
ADDRESS: 142 Throckmorton Ave , Mill Valley, CA
PHONE: (415) 383-9600
EMAIL: info@142ThrockmortonTheatre.com
WEBSITE: http://www.142throckmortontheatre.com
April 25, 2007: 8 PM
$20 General Admission / $15 Students/Seniors
The performance will be coupled with a post-show discussion led by UC Davis Professor, Larry Bogad.


April 28, 2007: Master Class Series - San Francisco, CA
Tannis Kowalchuk and Leese Walker to teach Master Class

Collaborative Drama/Poetry in Motion - In a workshop designed to mirror the creative process employed to create 10 Brecht Poems, artists will lead participants through the process of transforming meaningful text into original theatre. Participants will work as an ensemble using theatre games, acappella singing, and physical theatre techniques to generate their own unique response to one of Bertolt Brecht's poems. Participants should wear loose fitting clothing, be prepared to move and should bring a pen and paper.
VENUE: Noh Space
ADDRESS: 2840 Mariposa Street , San Francisco, CA
WEBSITE: http://www.foolsfury.org
April 28, 2007: 11AM-1PM
$75 General Public / $60 Students


March 9-11, 2007: Master Class Series - New York, N.Y.
Master Puppeteer Eric Bass of Sandglass Theatre to teach Weekend Intensive

WHY A PUPPET AND HOW - A performing workshop conducted by Eric Bass in which physical training techniques are carried over into the puppet, and then differentiated from the way in which an actor would use them. Emphasis is placed on breathing disciplines and on improvisation. The class will use puppets specially designed for the original exercises they will participate in. The workshop will also touch on what kind of theater projects invite the use of puppets and on defining the differences between puppet theater and actor’s theater. Emphasis is placed on the use and understanding of metaphor as a theatrical device.
VENUE: Trish Brown Studios
ADDRESS: 625 West 55th Street , New York, N.Y.
March 9-11, 2007: Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10-5 PM
$475 ($375 if you register by Feb. 19)
ABOUT ERIC BASS, Master Class Teacher: Eric Bass has worked in the theater as a director, playwright, performer and mask and puppet maker. He was a member of Jean Erdman’s Theater of the Open Eye in New York City for five years, until he left in 1980 to create his first solo performance using puppets, Autumn Portraits, which was awarded a Diploma of Excellence in Pecs, Hungary and the First Prize Critics Award for Best Production at the International Puppetry Festival in Adelaide, Australia. In 1982, Mr. Bass founded Sandglass Theater in Munich, Germany, with his wife, Ines Zeller Bass. Mr. Bass conceived, designed and performed in Sandglass productions: Sand, Invitations to Heaven, The Village Child, and Never Been Anywhere each of which earned a Citation of Excellence from the International Union of Puppeteers. As a director, Mr. Bass has worked in America, Australia, Poland, and Finland, as well as the United States. His staging of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle was produced at the Helsinki City Theater, Canada’s Caravan Farm Theater and by Sandglass Theater for the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater in September 1996. His children’s play, In My Grandmother’s Purse, has been produced by theaters in the United States, Finland and Poland. In 1991, Mr. Bass was awarded the Figurentheater Prize of the City of Erlangen, Germany for his contributions to the field of puppet theater. He is currently collaborating with new vaudevillean Bob Berky on Richard 3.5: Light Ruminations on Murder, a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III; and with theater company Sovanna Phum of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mr. Bass taught theater and directing at Marlboro College from 1996-2002. He teaches on a regular basis at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland, and currently directs an intensive puppet theater training institute with the rest of the Sandglass Company for three weeks during the summer at the University of Connecticut. Eric Bass has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Network of Ensemble Theaters.


January 11, 2007: Soundpainting - Highland Lake, NY
Paint and Be Painted!

Come join us for a quick lesson on Soundpainting and become part of the orchestra! Strike Anywhere will be returning to NACL Theatre to envelop the audience into the evening's improvised performance. Audience members can jump in as little or as much as they want. Finger paints will be on hand for those who prefer a silent medium while more vociferous guests will be invited to move and make some sound!
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
January 11, 2007: 8PM
$5


November 27, 2006: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Puppet Painting Packs a Punch!

Strike Anywhere lends its brand of Soundpainting to PUNCH, the monthly puppet showcase. Soundpainting is the live composition sign language used to conduct improv. Developed by Walter Thompson, the language is comprised of over 750 signed gestures that shape the composition while it is in motion. Tonight's soundpainting will surely be a wacky one, where all things puppet will be in the mix. Guest musician: Bohdan Hilash (bass clarinet) will join SA members: Michel Gentile (flute), Brian DuGuay, Julie Pasquale and conductor, Leese Walker.
VENUE: Galapagos Art Space
ADDRESS: 70 North 6th Street , Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHONE: (718) 384-4586
EMAIL: info@galapagosartspace.com
WEBSITE: http://www.galapagosartspace.com
November 27, 2006: 8PM
$5
PUNCH is a monthly showcase for all things puppet. Here, artists experiment and/or try out their latest puppet-flavored fare. Come if you dare! There will be puppet films, twisted puppet improv, a puppet band and mucho puppet mayhem! Curated by Gretchen Van Lente, of Drama of Works.


December 1-3, 2006: Extended Residencies - San Francisco, CA
Break Through the Blocks and Boost Your Career! A Workshop with AMY FORTOUL
VENUE: Noh Space
ADDRESS: 2840 Mariposa Street , San Francisco, CA
WEBSITE: http://www.foolsfury.org
December 1-3, 2006: Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10-5 PM
$390 ($300 if you register by Nov. 6, 2006)


October 27-29, 2006: Residency: Soundpainting - Highland Lake, NY
Devising Inter-disciplinary Performance-A Master-Class with PING CHONG
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
October 27-29, 2006: Gavin
$475 ($375 if you register by Oct. 6) 10% Union Discount/15% Alumni Discount-cannot be combined


September 29-30, 2006: 10 Brecht Poems - Washington, DC
Brecht Broads Beltway Bound!

After last year's successful tour to Chicago and New England, the Brecht Broads head back to D.C. where they began their East Coast tour in 2003 at the Goethe Institut. For this stint, they will be hosted by Open Theatre/DC and will perform at Busboys and Poets, the watering hole for D.C. progressives. (A scarce breed these days...) So belly up to the bar and take in an earful of Brecht. We must progress!
VENUE: Busboys and Poets
ADDRESS: 2021 14th Street NW (V & 14th St) , Washington, DC
PHONE: 202.387.7638 (Poet)
WEBSITE: HTTP://www.busboysandpoets.com
September 29-30, 2006: Friday at 10:30PM, Saturday at 4PM and 10:30PM
$12
Performances will be coupled with a post-show dialogue


September 23, 2006: 10 Brecht Poems - Port Jervis, NY
Vaudevillians Raise More Than Eyebrows!

Who says sotto voce? Over the last few years it is the librarians who have been on the front lines of activist battles waging war against the Patriot Act and similar measures of censorship. So for one day only, the S.S. Brecht will anchor in Port Jervis where the library will play host to the gals who just wont keep their voices down!
VENUE: Port Jervis Library
ADDRESS: 138 Pike Street , Port Jervis, NY
PHONE: 845-567-7313
WEBSITE: http://www.rcls.org/ptj/
September 23, 2006: Saturday at 3PM
FREE!


September 23, 2006: 10 Brecht Poems - Port Jervis, NY
Vaudevillians Raise More Than Eyebrows!

Who says soto voce? Over the last few years its the librarians who have been on the front lines of activist battles waging war against the Patriot Act and similar measures of censorship. So for one day only, the S.S. Brecht will anchor in Port Jervis where the library will play host to the noisy cabaret that could!
VENUE: Port Jervis Library
ADDRESS: 138 Pike Street , Port Jervis, NY
PHONE: 845-567-7313
WEBSITE: http://www.rcls.org/ptj/
September 23, 2006: Saturday at 3PM


July 14 - 15, 2006: American Value - Highland Lake, NY
VENUE: NACL Theatre
ADDRESS: 110 Highland Lake Rd , Highland Lake, NY
PHONE: 845-557-0694
WEBSITE: http://www.nacl.org
July 14 - 15, 2006: Friday & Saturday at 8 PM
$8 - $20 (sliding scale)


June 2-17, 2006: Pocket Full of Change - New York, NY
UNFLINCHING POLITICAL PERFORMANCE ART TO START JUNE 2 AT THE BRECHT FORUM IN NYC

Mixing jazz, clowning, dance, and physical theatre, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble probes the political landscape in its latest offering POCKET FULL OF CHANGE. From the deleterious effects of apathy and consumerism, to media manipulation and the rush to war, the ensemble deftly skewers its subjects with humor and insight. Appropriating concepts from jazz and popular music, Strike Anywhere’s performers act as different “instruments” or “parts of the band”. Imagine actors’ dialogue as a horn section or dancers’ movement as a visual baseline. And, as with jazz, the company improvises on the pieces every night making each performance unique. An unflinching set of questions are raised by the ensemble as they riff on topics such as civil liberties and healthcare in today’s society. It’s art that asks questions. Post-show dialogue will be served up with drinks.
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org
June 2-17, 2006: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 7 PM
Tickets are $20; $15 for students/seniors - Sliding Scale Sundays $12-$20
Post-show dialogue will be served up with drinks.


May 22, 2006: 10 Brecht Poems - New York, NY
VENUE: High School of Art & Design
ADDRESS: 1075 2nd Ave , New York, NY
PHONE: 212-752-4340
May 22, 2006: Monday at 9:10 AM and 10:50 AM
TALK-BACK FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE!


April 1,2006: - Hoboken, NJ
VENUE: Hoboken High School
ADDRESS: , Hoboken, NJ


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VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org


: !! FreEpLaY !! - New York, NY
VENUE: Brecht Forum
ADDRESS: 451 West St (between Bank and Bethune), New York, NY
PHONE: (212) 242-4201
WEBSITE: http://www.brechtforum.org


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