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April 27-28, 2024: POP UP: An Artistic Adventure - Bethlehem, PA
POP UP: AN ARTISTIC ADVENTURE in BETHLEHEM, PA

SA’s touring production, POP UP: An Artistic Adventure, in partnership with Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University and area community partners, will delight Bethlehem, PA with performances April 27-28, 2024.

Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is an artistic treasure hunt. The public is guided to a series of site-specific performances via clues on a hand-painted map. Over the course of 2 days, performances will pop-up all over campus. These short apparitions of music, dance, theater and/or visual art are inspired by interviews with local residents. By injecting a series of alternately playful, poetic or poignant performances in everyday spaces, the project is designed to inspire wonder, joy and whimsy. The performances, performed by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will be sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) is the preeminent Soundpainting ensemble in the United States. Community members will be invited to attend free Soundpainting workshops while the company is in residence and will be invited to perform as part of the finale of the piece.

The unique, custom-designed treasure hunt will feature 6 different pop up performances. Each adventure lasts approximately one hour and 50 minutes. Audience members can expect to walk a mile and a half.

VENUE: Zoellner Arts Center
ADDRESS: 420 E Packer Avenue , Bethlehem, PA
PHONE: 610-758-2787
EMAIL: https://zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu
WEBSITE: https://zoellner.cas.lehigh.edu/
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
0-$10 Sliding Scale
April 27-28, 2024 2PM


May 6, 2024: Master Class on Soundpainting - New York, NY
SOUNDPAINTING DROP-IN CLASS

Check out our Soundpainting Drop-in Classes! This weekly series offers hands-on instruction in basic Soundpainting within a fun, safe, and challenging classroom environment. Co-taught by Certified Instructors Leese Walker and Nolan Kennedy with over 30 years of combined Soundpainting expertise and instruction.
VENUE: Houghton Hall
ADDRESS: 22 East 30th Street , New York, NY
WEBSITE: https://www.houghtonhallarts.org/
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
$20
May 6, 2024 Mondays, 7-8:30 PM
Soundpainting is a universal sign language that uses gestures to conduct improvised compositions live in front of an audience. Soundpainting is a powerful tool every performer should have in their toolbox, allowing them to reach new limits of their instrument.


May 7, 2024: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
TELL ME SOMETHING: A Soundpainted Experience

Be Our Muse! Share a story and we’ll weave a world. When you offer a snippet, Strike Anywhere’s jazz musicians, dancers and actors will spring off of it, composing a unique performance on the spot.
VENUE: Young Ethel's
ADDRESS: 506 5th Ave , Brooklyn, NY
PHONE: (929) 367-6469
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
$10
May 7, 2024 7-8:45 PM
Known internationally for their use of Soundpainting, Strike Anywhere is the preeminent theatre in the U.S. practicing Soundpainting, a universal sign-language for live composition with improvisers.


May 13, 2024: Master Class on Soundpainting - New York, NY
SOUNDPAINTING DROP-IN CLASS

Check out our Soundpainting Drop-in Classes! This weekly series offers hands-on instruction in basic Soundpainting within a fun, safe, and challenging classroom environment. Co-taught by Certified Instructors Leese Walker and Nolan Kennedy with over 30 years of combined Soundpainting expertise and instruction.
VENUE: Houghton Hall
ADDRESS: 22 East 30th Street , New York, NY
WEBSITE: https://www.houghtonhallarts.org/
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
$20
May 13, 2024 Mondays, 7-8:30 PM
Soundpainting is a universal sign language that uses gestures to conduct improvised performances live in front of an audience. Soundpainting is a powerful tool every actor, musician, or dancer should have in their toolbox, allowing them to reach new limits of their instrument.


May 16, 2023: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, New York
IT'S NUCLEAR!

SA Teaching-Artist, Nolan Kennedy partnered with 9th-grade science teachers to create a curriculum-aligned residency project exploring nuclear energy and the climate crisis. Students designed a series of games which audience members can try at the May 16 event. Bring a phone to scan QR codes and put it away to play a variety of trivia games that will have you alternately laughing and head scratching. Student and SA performances will pepper the event.
VENUE: Gotham Professional Arts Academy
ADDRESS: 561 Grand Avenue , Brooklyn, New York
PHONE: (718) 230-7270
WEBSITE: https://www.gothamacademy.org
May 16, 2023 5:30-7:30pm


May 29, 2024: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Queens, NY
IMMIGRANT YOUTH - TEEN MENTAL HEALTH 1 ACTS

9th-grade students have been paired with a Strike Anywhere playwright for a playwriting residency exploring teen mental health. Students at the International HS for Health Sciences are all recent immigrants, having immigrated to the U.S. within the past 4 years. SA has worked on language acquisition and communication skills through applied theater with various grade levels and has provided professional development to educators at the school since 2017.
VENUE: International High School for Health Sciences
ADDRESS: 48-01 90th St , Queens, NY
PHONE: (718) 595-8600
WEBSITE: https://ihshealthsciences.org/
May 29, 2024 11:30 AM


April 8-June 3, 2024: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, NY
SAY IT FORWARD

A racial equity and community building initiative is underway with Fort Greene Preparatory Academy (FGPA) in Brooklyn, featuring an 8-session pilot residency series integrated into 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade social studies. Students engage in workshops exploring race, gender, identity, power dynamics, and equity through creative writing and storytelling. Culminating performances take place in FGPA's auditorium. This project is supported by a grant from the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects and prioritizes English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org
April 8-June 3, 2024
"Fort Greene Preparatory Academy has thoroughly enjoyed partnering with Strike Anywhere. Their improvisational model makes them a flexible thought partner for creative problem solving. They are truly interested in finding new ways to use theater to build concrete academic skills while also supporting the social emotional development of children. We have seen great improvements in students confidence and academic writing ability. We are so grateful to have this partnership in our school."

-Paula Lettiere - FGPA Principal


June 3, 2024: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, NY
Students Bring History Into Present Day

Strike Anywhere has been a trusted arts partner at FGPA since 2016. This year, students schoolwide worked with a Strike Anywhere teaching-artist to bring history to life. Students researched historical figures and wrote monologues from their point of view. They then worked with a professional SA actor to learn how to step into the shoes of the character and connect with an audience. The residency culminates in both an in-class presentation for every student in the school and a performance in the auditorium of a select set of characters who are accompanied by SA's professional musicians. The residency has been supported by the Department of Education's Office of Arts and Special Projects.
VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org
FREE!
June 3, 2024 9-11am
"Students need classrooms that are fun, loving, create a sense of belonging, inspire curiosity and success. Strike Anywhere's programs fulfill all of these needs."

- Paula Lettiere - Principal - Fort Greene Preparatory Academy


June 4, 2024: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
TELL ME SOMETHING: A Soundpainted Experience

Be Our Muse! Share a story and we’ll weave a world. When you offer a snippet, Strike Anywhere’s jazz musicians, dancers and actors will spring off of it, composing a unique performance on the spot.
VENUE: Young Ethel's
ADDRESS: 506 5th Ave , Brooklyn, NY
PHONE: (929) 367-6469
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
$10
June 4, 2024 7-8:45 PM
Known internationally for their use of Soundpainting, Strike Anywhere is the preeminent theatre in the U.S. practicing Soundpainting, a universal sign-language for live composition with improvisers.


June 7, 2024: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
PLIABLE FUTURES

Experience a dynamic fusion of jazz, dance, and theater addressing the global plastic crisis in this unique, durational, site-specific performance. Strike Anywhere’s talented ensemble of jazz musicians, dancers, and actors will lead audiences through the park using Soundpainting—a live composing sign language—to guide their improvisations in real-time. The ensemble will weave music, movement, and narrative into a captivating exploration of our world's plastic plight. This performance deftly employs creativity and humor to spark dialogue about an urgent environmental issue.

(Procession launches from the entrance at North Portland Ave and Myrtle Ave.)

Presented by Mov!ng Culture Projects and The Segal Center

VENUE: Fort Greene Park - Soldier's Monument & Various Places in Park
ADDRESS: Dekalb Avenue & S. Portland Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-greene-park
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
FREE!
June 7, 2024 6-7PM
PLIABLE FUTURES WILL LAUNCH AT THE PARK ENTRANCE AT N. PORTLAND AND MYRTLE AVE - PROCESSIONAL PERFORMANCE THROUGH PARK TO FOLLOW.

The Prelude in the Parks Festival will take place in twelve outdoor green spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, June 7 @ 6pm, June 8 & 9 @ 3pm, 2024. All events are free, at no charge for the public. Rain or Shine. There are no rain dates.


June 10, 2024: Master Class on Soundpainting - New York, NY
Last Soundpainting Drop-In Until Fall!

Check out our Soundpainting Drop-in Classes! This weekly series offers hands-on instruction in basic Soundpainting within a fun, safe, and challenging classroom environment. Co-taught by Certified Instructors Leese Walker and Nolan Kennedy with over 30 years of combined Soundpainting expertise and instruction.
VENUE: Houghton Hall
ADDRESS: 22 East 30th Street , New York, NY
WEBSITE: https://www.houghtonhallarts.org/
$20
June 10, 2024 7-8:30PM
Soundpainting is a universal sign language that uses gestures to conduct improvised compositions live in front of an audience. Soundpainting is a powerful tool every performer should have in their toolbox, allowing them to reach new limits of their instrument.


July 7-14, 2024: Soundpainting - Lleida, Spain
3 SA MEMBERS HEADED TO SOUNDPAINTING THINKTANK IN SPAIN

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker plus dancer, Vimal Pradeep and Musical Director, Rolf Sturm, will convene with other renowned Soundpainters from around the world for a weeklong residency with Soundpainting's inventor, Walter Thompson. This year's Soundpainting Thinktank will take place in Lleida, Spain and will honor the 50th Anniversary of the Soundpainting Language for Live Composition.

The group will explore new applications of the universal sign language for live composition, will share work in various artistic disciplines, and will codify new language!

VENUE: Auditori Enric Granados
ADDRESS: Pl. de Josep Prenafeta, S/N , Lleida, Spain
WEBSITE: https://auditorienricgranados.cat/
July 7-14, 2024


July 27, 2024: Soundpainting - New York, NY
BIKE ALONG BROADWAY...STRIKE ANYWHERE WILL STRIKE!

You hop on a bike. We flash mob the scene.

Join Strike Anywhere for a series of impromptu, flashmob-style performances by the SOUNDPAINTING BRIGADE! Will we be striking somewhere along Broadway between Columbus Circle and Union Square. Secret Location To Be Announced Day of...

VENUE: TBD
ADDRESS: , New York, NY
FREE!
July 27, 2024 12-2PM
This community focused bike ride with a series of POP UP arts activations will celebrate Broadway in V Acts as a thriving greenspace, expanding public space, and center of community. We will be celebrating Broadway’s culture, art, and thriving creative theater scene. Beginning at Columbus Square, this musical and colorful ride will highlight Broadway’s parks and plaza through sound and performance, with a stop at various locations for pop-up performances with local artists, continuing to Union Square for the final picnic.


July 28-August 2, 2024: Professional Development for Educators - New York, New York
SA's ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LEESE WALKER TO TEACH FOR 12TH 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-facilitated and co-designed 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 Broadway ticket to a current production 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: https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/education/
$450
July 28-August 2, 2024 10AM-5PM
"This approach is an active way for students to be engaged in the content and spark their creativity." "Actors have a broad range of skills that are ideal in a classroom to fulfill a teacher's aim."

2019 Participants Reflecting on T.T.I.


August 19-25, 2024: Master Class on Soundpainting - Randolph, VT
COMMUNITY RESIDENCY - STORY CIRCLES AND SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOPS
VENUE: Chandler Center for the Arts
ADDRESS: 71 N Main St, , Randolph, VT
PHONE: 802-728-9878
WEBSITE: https://www.chandler-arts.org/
FREE!
August 19-25, 2024 VARIOUS TIMES - TBD
This weeklong residency is part of a larger project called "Tune on the Distant Hill". Strike Anywhere has been commissioned by the Chandler Center for the Arts to create a Soundpainted performance with the local community. The dynamic project embodies a vision of community-centered art as a catalyst for social transformation and collective empowerment. Join Strike Anywhere for a series of Story Circle, Devising and Soundpainting workshops. Participants can expect to share personal stories, create music, movement and scenes based on the stories and to learn how to Soundpaint. Material from the workshops will be developed into "palettes" by Strike Anywhere's permanent ensemble of performers. The full ensemble returns in September to work with local performers and to create a Soundpainted concert that celebrates the unique identity of Randolph while addressing pressing social justice issues that affect its residents and those of Central Vermonters.


August 26-September 2, 2024: Soundpainting - New Brunswick, NJ
SUMMER RETREAT

The SA Ensemble will be taking its annual retreat in the Catskills to devise a new performance for the Randolph Vermont community. "Tune on the Distant Hill" is a soundpainted concert devised with and for central Vermonters. The company will also take time to bond over s'mores, swimming and lawn games!
VENUE: Rutgers University - Cabaret Theatre
ADDRESS: (corner of Nichol Ave. & Suydam St), New Brunswick, NJ
August 26-September 2, 2024


September 29-October 6, 2024: Soundpainting - Randolph, VT
SOUNDPAINTING RESIDENCY IN RANDOLPH, VT

This final weeklong residency will allow the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble to collaborate with an ensemble of local artists to cement their understanding of Soundpainting and put the show together.

"Tune on the Distant Hill" serves as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue within the community, providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard and respected. By amplifying underheard stories and perspectives, the production fosters empathy, understanding, and solidarity among community members. Through powerful performances and authentic storytelling, the project raises awareness of the social justice issues explored, shedding light on systemic injustices and inspiring action for positive change. Community members and audiences alike are encouraged to confront uncomfortable truths and engage in critical conversations about equity, justice, and inclusivity. By empowering community members to actively participate in the artistic process and advocating for social justice through their performances, "Tune on the Distant Hill" has the potential to catalyze tangible change within the community. Whether through policy advocacy, grassroots activism, or collective mobilization, the project empowers participants to become agents of change in their own communities.

VENUE: Chandler Center for the Arts
ADDRESS: 71 N Main St, , Randolph, VT
PHONE: 802-728-9878
WEBSITE: https://www.chandler-arts.org/
September 29-October 6, 2024
Established in 1997, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (SA) is an interdisciplinary collective of world-class improvising jazz musicians, dancers, and actors in NYC, working at the crossroads of activism, arts, and social justice. The company applies structures and concepts from American jazz and Soundpainting, a universal sign language developed by composer Walter Thompson, to create live compositions with improvisers. SA has performed and taught in over 200 venues in 16 states and eight countries.


October 5-6, 2024: Soundpainting - Randolph, VT
TUNE ON THE DISTANT HILL

"Tune on the Distant Hill" is a a bespoke, community-devised performance commissioned by the Chandler Center for the Arts with and for the Randolph, Vt community. Performers from Strike Anywhere will perform a residency to collectively devise the piece with community members. The performance will then be performed by local residents alongside Strike Anywhere’s professional ensemble of jazz musicians, dancers and actors. The performance will be Soundpainted.
VENUE: Chandler Center for the Arts
ADDRESS: 71 N Main St, , Randolph, VT
PHONE: 802-728-9878
WEBSITE: https://www.chandler-arts.org/
October 5-6, 2024 TBD
Soundpainting is the universal sign language for live composition with improvisers. A conductor signs to the ensemble - offering parameters within which to improvise. The performers respond by improvising according to the signed gestures. The technique is employed in over 33 countries worldwide. Strike Anywhere is the preeminent ensemble in the United States practicing the performance technique.

The performance will be followed by a post-show facilitated dialogue, allowing audience members to engage in meaningful conversations on topics raised by the performance. Ways to get engaged in local efforts will be on hand for audience members who feel so inclined.



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