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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Pop-Up
"Pop Up" is a series of pop-up performances designed to inject wonder and delight into everyday spaces. Short, site-specific pieces of music, theater, dance and visual art appear on the street, in windows, parks, plazas and businesses of a specific neighborhood. The performances are inspired by real stories collected through interviews with local residents and business owners. Artists meet one-on-one with locals to gather stories about the neighborhood. Those stories are then reflected through the lens of music, dance, visual art or theater appearing in the very place where the story was collected or took place. The material is then transformed in the moment by a composer/conductor who sculpts the artists performances through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Pieces are poetic, transitory, alternately abstract, hilarious or poignant but always surprising. The project is designed to connect people by highlighting the extraordinary within the ordinary; to shift the way we see a familiar space by peeping into the lives of the inhabitants through poetic, momentary dreamscapes.
The project is a collaboration between the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NY, NY) and the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (Tours, France). The companies work with a local host who serves as a liaison to the local community. During the 6 months leading up to the set of performances, artists meet with community members to gather stories about the place. Local residents are asked about their dreams and wishes for the neighborhood, about memories and surprising stories that took place there. These then inspire palettes or short compositions by the artists as well as a beautiful artistic map of the neighborhood designed by cartographer Julien Rodriguez. Performances are remixed through the soundpainting language. The company offers community Soundpainting workshops leading up to the performance so that community members can participate in key scenes.

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