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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.


October 4-8: Extended Residencies - Bethlehem, PA
SOUNDPAINTING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Members of the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will perform a 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 "POP UP: An Artistic Adventure" 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/
October 4-8
"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. 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


OCTOBER TBD: Windows and Mirrors - Queens, NY
TEACHERS TAKE THE STAGE

Teachers and professional performers will model a story-slam for students. Poignant, personal stories are underscored by live music by Strike Anywhere musicians, Rob Henke and Rolf Sturm. The show is intended to serve as a model of excellence for students as they craft their own stories for solo performance later next month. The performances are part of a residency project at the International High School for Health Sciences. Students work with SA Teaching-Artist and professional playwright/performer, Amy E. Witting, as part of a 12-week residency in their English Language Arts classroom. The program is supported by funding from the DOE's Office of Arts and Special Projects.
VENUE: International High School for Health Sciences
ADDRESS: 48-01 90th St , Queens, NY
PHONE: (718) 595-8600
WEBSITE: https://ihshealthsciences.org/
OCTOBER TBD


October-December 2022: Windows and Mirrors - Brooklyn, NY
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: A STORYTELLING RESIDENCY

Since 2016, Strike Anywhere has been a trusted arts partner of Fort Greene Prep. This year, Strike Anywhere actor, Nolan Kennedy, is performing an 8-session residency with the entire 6th grade. Students are crafting their own narratives which they will perform for their peers. A final show pairs them with SA's professional musicians who will accompany them with an original live score.

"Students need classrooms that are fun, loving, create a sense of belonging, inspire curiosity and success. Strike Anywhere's WINDOWS AND MIRRORS fulfills all of these needs." - Paula Lettiere - Principal - Fort Greene Preparatory Academy

VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org
October-December 2022
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS is a storytelling residency book-ended by two performances. A professional storytelling show kick-starts the residency and features Strike Anywhere performers sharing true stories about pivotal moments in their lives accompanied by live music from SA musicians. Residencies pair a professional playwright and/or actor with a school or community group. The residency focuses on the elements of an engaging story, on solo performance and culminates with every participant performing their own story. A final show highlights a select group of storytellers accompanied by Strike Anywhere musicians.


October-December 2022: Windows and Mirrors - NY , NY
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: A STORYTELLING RESIDENCY

This Windows and Mirrors storytelling residency will amplify student voices. Strike Anywhere's approach pairs professional playwrights and actors with students to engage them in crafting and performing a personal story about a pivotal life moment. Students from Elisa DeGregorio's visual arts classes will craft digital stories, to be projected in the theater, will design and build the set, design and run the lights while students from several English classes will write, edit and perform stories live. JKO High School and Strike Anywhere have partnered on many customized residencies with final performances centering around compelling themes such as the water crisis in Flint, MI with Worth of Water, or Farce of Nature, which explored issues of climate change, and Same River which explored fracking and community relationships.
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
October-December 2022
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS is a storytelling residency book-ended by two performances. A professional storytelling show kick-starts the residency and features Strike Anywhere performers sharing true stories about pivotal moments in their lives accompanied by live music from SA musicians. Residencies pair a professional playwright and/or actor with a school or community group. The residency focuses on the elements of an engaging story, on solo performance and culminates with every participant performing their own story. A final show highlights a select group of storytellers accompanied by Strike Anywhere musicians.


October-December 2022: Windows and Mirrors - Queens, NY
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: A STORYTELLING RESIDENCY

Since 2017, Award winning playwright and Strike Anywhere Teaching-Artist Amy E. Witting has performed a playwriting residency in Alex Porter's English Language Arts class for seniors. Students craft a personal narrative over the course of the 12-week residency in preparation for writing their college essays. The residency culminates in each student performing their story for their peers and with a select group of storytellers performing their stories alongside Strike Anywhere musicians for the 11th grade.

"WINDOWS AND MIRRORS has become a rite of passage for our students" says Assistant Principal Heather Cristol

VENUE: International High School for Health Sciences
ADDRESS: 48-01 90th St , Queens, NY
PHONE: (718) 595-8600
WEBSITE: https://ihshealthsciences.org/
October-December 2022
Since 1999, Strike Anywhere teaching-artists have worked within the International Network for Public Schools serving new immigrant English Language Learners (ELLs) who have been in the United States for less than four years and have scored below the 21st percentile on the Language Assessment Battery Revised exam (LAB-R). Students hail from over 50 different countries and speak more than 40 different languages and dialects. Our culturally responsive, custom-designed residencies allow students to learn the teacher's curriculum through the arts using a student-centered, ensemble-based approach.


December 15, 2022: Windows and Mirrors - Queens, NY
STUDENT STORYTELLERS WITH LIVE SCORE BY ROB HENKE & ROLF STURM

Seniors from the International HS for Health Sciences (IHSHS) join Strike Anywhere's musicians on stage as they share true stories from their lives framed by live music. IHSHS students are all recent immigrants and the stories range from heart-wrenching to hilarious. The performance is the result of a 12-session residency with professional playwright Amy E. Witting who worked with seniors in 3 of Alex Porter's English Language Arts classes. Prepare to be inspired by the strength, resiliency and sheer courage of these young people. They are nothing short of amazing.
VENUE: International High School for Health Sciences
ADDRESS: 48-01 90th St , Queens, NY
PHONE: (718) 595-8600
WEBSITE: https://ihshealthsciences.org/
December 15, 2022


December 16, 2023: Windows and Mirrors - Brooklyn, NY
STUDENT STORYTELLERS WITH LIVE SCORE BY ROB HENKE & ROLF STURM

6th-Grade Student storytellers join Strike Anywhere's musicians on stage as they share true stories from their lives underscored by live music.
VENUE: Fort Greene Preparatory Academy
ADDRESS: 100 Clermont Ave , Brooklyn, NY
WEBSITE: http://www.fortgreeneprep.org
December 16, 2023
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS is a storytelling residency book-ended by two performances. A professional storytelling show kick-starts the residency and features Strike Anywhere performers sharing true stories about pivotal moments in their lives accompanied by live music from SA musicians. Residencies pair a professional playwright and/or actor with a school or community group. The residency focuses on the elements of an engaging story, on solo performance and culminates with every participant performing their own story. A final show highlights a select group of storytellers accompanied by Strike Anywhere musicians. The residency is available for youth grades 6 -12, college students and adults.


December 21, 2023: Windows and Mirrors - NY , NY
STUDENTS TAKE THE STAGE

Join us for a full-bodied 360 arts experience with a completely student devised and run WINDOWS AND MIRRORS storytelling show. From interactive lobby displays to the stage lighting, short films, set and live stories that you will witness on stage, everything was created by the JKO students themselves. Storytellers share true stories accompanied by live music provided by Strike Anywhere's musicians.
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
December 21, 2023
WINDOWS AND MIRRORS is a storytelling residency book-ended by two performances. A professional storytelling show kick-starts the residency and features Strike Anywhere performers sharing true stories about pivotal moments in their lives accompanied by live music from SA musicians. Residencies pair a professional playwright and/or actor with a school or community group. The residency focuses on the elements of an engaging story, on solo performance and culminates with every participant performing their own story. A final show highlights a select group of storytellers accompanied by Strike Anywhere musicians.



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