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Soundpainting
Mixing physical theatre, new music, masks and modern dance, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble adeptly explores the untapped edges of improvisation. Using a revolutionary new approach to composition, the troupe sculpts their improvisations through a conducting language called Soundpainting. 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. Strike Anywhere is the only theatre company of its kind using this revolutionary approach to improvised performance. Currently available for tour. Residencies, collaborations and commissions are available to create "themed-Soundpaintings". A Shakespeare Soundpainting is currently in the works. John Lennon: a Soundpainting will premiere in NYC in spring of 2008.
"Led by founder and director Leese Walker, 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
Examples of previous “themed-soundpaintings” include:

Eating Our Way to Extinction: A Soundpainting of Epic Proportions (October, 2007-Globesity Festival - Theatre for the New City, NYC)
Commissioned specifically as the closing event for the Festival, Strike Anywhere tapped its natural resources to create a super-sized Soundpainting examining America's over-the-top obsession with over-consumption! While the trumpeter ate close to a dozen hamburgers after playing a blistering trumpet solo, actors riffed on a series of satiric diet commercials and talk show parodies in a theater filled with the smell of bacon.

John Lennon: A Soundpainting (September, 2007-Network of Ensemble Theaters Annual Gathering - Fayette, ME - WOrk-in-Progress Showing)
An improvised composition weaving quotes from interviews, poetry and songs by John Lennon into a colorful multi-media mosaic. John Lennon: A Soundpainting will premiere in NYC in the spring of 2008.

Riverhead (March 5, 2005-Red Bank, NJ)
Commissioned by the Two River Theatre Company in Red Bank, NJ, this fantastical creation story was specially crafted by the ensemble to honor the town and celebrate the the opening of Two River’s new theater. Presented as part of the New Jersey Theater Alliance’s statewide event, Family Week.

Safety & Security (November 2004 – Galapagos-Brooklyn, NY)
A soundpainted response to the color-coded climate of fear perpetrated by the Bush Regime in 2004.


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