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February 14, 2022 - May 7, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Hillsborough, North Carolina
STUDENTS CREATE THEIR OWN POP UP

This is an exciting new iteration of our POP UP: An Artistic Adventure project. Strike Anywhere's (SA) Guitarist/Composer Rolf Sturm is teaching Soundpainting to the Wind Ensemble while SA's Artistic Director, Leese Walker is coaching theater students on how to conduct interviews, devise scenes and Soundpaint. The couple travelled to NC to launch the hybrid residency in person with the majority of artist sessions being conducted remotely via Zoom. The students will take part in this hybrid residency with the professional ensemble and devise the show over the course of 3 months. The professional ensemble will join the student cast in person May 1-8 to assemble and perform the show alongside the student performers.
VENUE: Orange High School
ADDRESS: 500 Orange High School Rd , Hillsborough, North Carolina
PHONE: (919) 732-6133
WEBSITE: https://www.orangecountyfirst.com/Domain/8
TICKETS: GET TICKETS NOW!
February 14, 2022 - May 7, 2022
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 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.


March 3, 2022 - June 3, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - New York, New York
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THROUGH THEATER

Strike Anywhere will customize lessons for The Manhattan International High School's immigrant student base that utilize theatrical teaching methods to actively explore academic concepts and hone student skills. Workshops are designed to enhance studentsEnglish language literacy and linguistic skills through the arts. The two organizations have worked together on various residencies that employ theater, improv, and playwriting to animate the teachers curriculum.
VENUE: Manhattan International High School
ADDRESS: 317,E 67th St , New York, New York
PHONE: (212) 517-6728
WEBSITE: http://mihs.nycdoe.org/
March 3, 2022 - June 3, 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.


March 4, 2022 - May 27, 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. 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
March 4, 2022 - May 27, 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.


March 7, 2022 - May 27, 2022: Custom-Designed In-School Residencies - Queens, NY
STUDENT STORYTELLING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Strike Anywhere will pair a professional playwright with 9th/10th grade students to devise original scenes and stories destigmatizing mental health. Students will conduct research, respond to writing prompts, practice interviewing, generate questions and interview mental health professionals in preparation for an in-class play reading and performance with professional artists.
VENUE: International High School for Health Sciences
ADDRESS: 48-01 90th St , Queens, NY
PHONE: (718) 595-8600
WEBSITE: https://ihshealthsciences.org/
March 7, 2022 - May 27, 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.


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.


Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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



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