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April 21, 2022: Professional Development for Educators - Brooklyn, New York
SOUNDPAINTING STORIES: Creative Placemaking for Common Ground at The Face to Face Arts in Education Conference

How can we use public art, creative placemaking and Soundpainting to heal divisions, build community and boost harmony amidst the discord? Join members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble as they highlight some of their creative placemaking work, share devising and community-building techniques and offer an intro to Soundpainting, the sign language used to sculpt improvisations. Musicians bring an instrument. Actors/dancers please wear clothes to move in. Workshop is open to all performance disciplines.
VENUE: Mark Morris Dance Center
ADDRESS: 3 Lafayette Avenue , Brooklyn, New York
PHONE: 718-624-8400
WEBSITE: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/dance-center/visiting-the-dance-center/
April 21, 2022 Thursday 3:15-4:45 pm
The Face to Face Arts in Education Conference remains the largest, most comprehensive arts education convening in New York State. In 2022, their 29th annual flagship conference will be reimagined as a 3-week series including a virtual keynote, 7 interactive online workshops, and two community-based one-day symposia connecting our community in-person for the first time since 2020 expected to serve more than 600 arts educators and administrators.


May 6-7, 2022: POP UP: An Artistic Adventure - Hillsborough, NC
POP UP - Bringing Joy to Hillsborough North Carolina

Developed by the Tours Soundpainting Orchestra (France) and the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (USA), POP UP is an artistic adventure. 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 town. 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 students of Orange and Cedar Ridge High School and Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble (NYC) will be sculpted through a live-composing sign language called Soundpainting. Strike Anywhere (SA) is the preeminent Soundpainting ensemble in the United States. The students took part in a hybrid residency with the professional ensemble and devised the show over the course of 3 months. The unique, custom-designed clue adventure 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: Downtown Hillsborough
ADDRESS: Various Venues , Hillsborough, NC
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
TBD
May 6-7, 2022 6PM (Friday) 1PM and 6PM (Saturday)


May 9, 2022 - May 22, 2022: Soundpainting - New York, New York
COLLABORATION WITH MICHEL RISSE

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will have an artistic exchange with French composer, electro-acoustician and Artistic Director of D├ęcor Sonore, Michel Risse. This will be in support of an artistic project he is creating with support from Villa Albertine.
VENUE: New York City Areas
ADDRESS: Areas in and around the city , New York, New York
May 9, 2022 - May 22, 2022 TBD
The collaboration was set up by Villa Albertine. Created by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Villa Albertine offers a novel artistsresidency model in which residents choose the location best suited to their work within the host country. Michel chose NYC and the French Embassy connected him with Strike Anywhere, knowing SA's work with Soundpainting.


May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022: Professional Development for Educators - New York, New York
Sharing Strike Anywhere's Educational Programs at ACES!

Strike Anywhere is showcasing a newly remixed 5-minute educational video at this year's NYC DOE Arts Vendor Fair. Theatre Day is Wednesday May 18th. Amanda will be on a Zoom session to share our video and remain for an Q+A afterwards.
VENUE: NYC DOE OFFICE OF ARTS & SPECIAL PROJECTS ACES FAIR
ADDRESS: Virtual Event , New York, New York
WEBSITE: https://sites.google.com/schools.nyc.gov/nycdoe-oasp/arts-partnerships?authuser=0
May 16, 2022 - May 20, 2022
ACES is for NYC public school leaders, arts education liaisons, parent coordinators, and cultural organizations who are committed to providing quality arts education to NYC public school students. Explore new arts partnerships that will bring the rich educational offerings of NYCs arts and cultural community into your classrooms.


May 21, 2022: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
SA Soundpaints at FGPA Block Party

Join us as Strike Anywhere and guests soundpaint at Fort Greene Prep's annual Block Party! The day will feature games, crafts, yummy treats and lots of great music.
VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org
FREE!
May 21, 2022 12-1
Soundpainting is the universal sign-language for live-composition. The language is comprised of over 1500 signs and allows a conductor/composer to sculpt a performance in real-time with improvising actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists. The technique was created by N.Y. composer Walter Thompson beginning in the late 1970's for use with jazz musicians. It has evolved into a multidisciplinary language that is practiced in 35 countries across the world. Strike Anywhere is the preeminent performance group in the United States practicing Soundpainting. SA's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was the first actress to be soundpainted and helped Thompson to adapt the language for theater. SA's musicians have worked with Thompson since the 1980's and are some of the most experienced Soundpainting performers in the world.


June 2, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Staten Island, NY
Midsummer Night's Dream with Staten Island Students!

Working with 4th & 5th grade students from P.S. 18, Strike Anywhere Teaching Artist, Carrie Ellman-Larsen, will bring Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to life. Over the course of several weeks, students will take a deep dive into the original text using active, experiential exercises to connect to the language. Students will work towards a performance designing costumes, creating props, and performing select scenes from the play.
VENUE: P.S. 18
ADDRESS: 221 Broadway , Staten Island, NY
June 2, 2022
"I saw the project deepen students understanding and enjoyment of the plays of Shakespeare and provide students with a valuable theater education experience. The residency often helped the girls overcome shyness, feel confident about speaking in front of a group, and it sparked an interest in Shakespeare that was a joy to behold." - Liselle Sakrani Former Teacher and Vice Principal St. Aloysius School


June 17, 2022: Soundpainting - Brooklyn, NY
STRIKE ANYWHERE FEATURED AT THE 2022 LIVE COMPOSITION FESTIVAL

Letter of Marque Theater Co, Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, and the Walter Thompson Orchestra will all be featured at this year's Live Composition Festival. Through the live remixing of theater, dance, music, and projection art, the festival brings together performers from around the globe to share innovative and nuanced improvised performance to savvy Brooklynites.
VENUE: The Irondale Center
ADDRESS: 85 South Oxford Street , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.Irondale.org
June 17, 2022 7:30PM
A three-day event that puts the Soundpainting and Conduction live composing sign languages into the spotlight to create music, theater, and movement, the festival brings together multi-disciplinary artists hailing from all over the world to explore the language of real-time composition. From the subversive Jazz quartet Sexmob to the Brooklyn based Letter of Marque Theater Company, the politically charged and provocative Strike Anywhere Ensemble Project to Medeski Martin & Wood drummer and composer Billy Martin and more, audiences will experience three days of original, unrepeatable live composed work for audiences of all ages.


July 10-17, 2022: Soundpainting - Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
LEESE WALKER TO REPRESENT STRIKE ANYWHERE AT SOUNDPAINTING THINKTANK IN VALENCIA, SPAIN

After a 3 year hiatus, the Soundpainting Thinktank is back! Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was invited to attend the weeklong conference and direct the final site-specific performance. This year's Soundpainting Thinktank will take place in Valencia, Spain.

Leese will convene with other renowned Soundpainters from around the world for a weeklong residency with Soundpainting's inventor, Walter Thompson.

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 Municipal
ADDRESS: Passeig de l'Eixample, s/n, , Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
July 10-17, 2022


July 15, 2022: Soundpainting - Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
LEESE WALKER TO CONDUCT OPENING PIECE AT INTERNATIONAL THINKTANK CONCERT

Strike Anywhere's Artistic Director, Leese Walker will Soundpaint the opening piece in the final concert of the International Soundpainting Thinktank in Aielo de Malferit, Spain. Featuring: Sam Harmet (Mandolin), Christian Pincock (Trombone), Xacobe Martinez Antelo (Drums), Hada (Moog Synthesizer), Oscar Vidal (Toys), Ricardo Gassent (Oboe), Arnau (flute) Tillman (Flute), Pau (clarinet), Miray (clarinet), Claude (Voice), Audrey Vallarino (Dancer) and Actors: Anne Pernas, Nicole Poole, Pedro Larraya.
VENUE: Auditori Municipal
ADDRESS: Passeig de l'Eixample, s/n, , Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
15 Euros
July 15, 2022 8:00 PM
Soundpainting is the universal sign-language for live-composition. The language is comprised of over 1500 signs and allows a conductor/composer to sculpt a performance in real-time with improvising actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists. The technique was created by N.Y. composer Walter Thompson beginning in the late 1970's for use with jazz musicians. It has evolved into a multidisciplinary language that is practiced in 35 countries across the world. Strike Anywhere is the preeminent performance group in the United States practicing Soundpainting. SA's Artistic Director, Leese Walker, was the first actress to be soundpainted and helped Thompson to adapt the language for theater.


July 16, 2022: Soundpainting - Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
SITE SPECIFIC SOUNDPAINTING IN SPAIN

Wander the streets of Aielo de Malferit following a whimsical New Orleans style jazz combo Soundpainted by SA's own Leese Walker. Come upon a series of scenes that highlight the history, soundscape and architecture of this beautiful mountain town in Valencia.

The piece was directed by Leese Walker, who had all of the Thinktank participants observe specific sites in the town, listen to the soundscape and devise an original 5 minute performance to animate their findings. The result is a charming set of surprises as you meander the cobblestone streets and bop along to the band as you go.

Meet at the Auditori Municipal at noon.

VENUE: Auditori Municipal
ADDRESS: Passeig de l'Eixample, s/n, , Aielo de Malferit, Valencia, Spain
FREE!
July 16, 2022 12:00PM
"I loved the uniqueness, beauty, and variety of scenes." - Audience Member


July 11-28, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, NY
THE POWER OF PLAY

Liftoffs is an array of fun, interesting, and challenging summer opportunities for youth ages 14-24. It is designed to support the Mayor and the Kings County's District Attorney's violence reduction initiatives, offering alternatives to the mindsets and patterns of behavior that often lead to violence and other counter-productive outcomes. Strike Anywhere is proud to offer a class on Improvisation as part of the array of summer programs for youth.
VENUE: Mark Morris Dance Center
ADDRESS: 3 Lafayette Avenue , Brooklyn, NY
PHONE: 718.624.8400
WEBSITE: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/dance-center/visiting-the-dance-center/
July 11-28, 2022 9:30-12:30
In Collaboration with One Community, youth ages 14-24 from Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn will explore the world of theatrical improvisation in order to gain valuable life and work skills. Students will learn how to listen deeply, negotiate, advocate for themselves, and solve conflicts through theater games, improvised scenes, and devising exercises. The program is one of many "Lift Offs" or classes offered this summer.


August 1-18, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Brooklyn, NY
THE POWER OF PLAY - PART II

Liftoffs is an array of fun, interesting, and challenging summer opportunities for youth ages 14-24. It is designed to support the Mayor and the Kings County's District Attorney's violence reduction initiatives, offering alternatives to the mindsets and patterns of behavior that often lead to violence and other counter-productive outcomes. Strike Anywhere is proud to offer a class on Improvisation as part of the array of summer programs for youth.
VENUE: Brooklyn Navy Yards
ADDRESS: Building 3, 7th Avenue , Brooklyn, NY
August 1-18, 2022 9:30-12:30
In Collaboration with One Community, youth ages 14-24 from Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn will explore the world of theatrical improvisation in order to gain valuable life and work skills. Students will learn how to listen deeply, negotiate, advocate for themselves, and solve conflicts through theater games, improvised scenes, and devising exercises. The program is one of many "Lift Offs" or classes offered this summer.


September 26-October 2: Extended Residencies - Hanover, NH
CREATING INTERDISCIPLINARY SITE-SPECIFIC WORK

"Strike Anywhere teaches the community that theatre can take many forms, and it makes us engage with our own community at large." -Dartmouth student 2021
VENUE: Dartmouth College
ADDRESS: The Hopkins Center 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, NH
PHONE: 603.646.2422
EMAIL: hop.box@dartmouth.edu
WEBSITE: https://hop.dartmouth.edu/events/pop
September 26-October 2
As the performing arts departments prepare for a two-year period without access to theaters or rehearsal rooms as the Hopkins Center undergoes a major renovation, Strike Anywhere will return to Dartmouth College to perform a weeklong Soundpainting residency designed to introduce students to new ways of devising and presenting original work. Professor Laurie Churba and the students of Contemporary Theater Practice will explore site-specific Soundpainting with Strike Anywhere. The residency is designed to rethink how performance can be made and presented. Theater students will work across disciplines collaborating with students from the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, dance and film departments. All participants will learn 40-60 Soundpainting gestures over the course of the week and will present a set of site-specific Soundpaintings to explore the community's current relationship to the Hopkins Center building and its hopes for the future complex.


TBD: Extended Residencies - Bethlehem, PA
SOUNDPAINTING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will perform a weeklong Soundpainting residency at Lehigh University to work with both students and community groups. The residency is designed to introduce Strike Anywhere to a specific set of community partners through Soundpainting workshops in order to set the stage for a larger community-based Soundpainting project in 2023-24.
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/
TBD
"This is a very special Ensemble and project. It's so adaptable and the pop-up style interviews on the street are an accessible, low-barrier means of interviewing, involving people, and getting a feel for a place. And with the inclusion of Soundpainting workshops and community performers in the show, it's a wraparound engagement process. I also really appreciated the deep conversations we had about the show and representing Abenaki legacy respectfully. As a presenting venue, we don't always get to dig into to the relationship between artists and the geographical/social realities of that place that they're coming to."

-Ally Tufenkjian Education and Engagement Manager Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth 2021



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