– OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO
NYC OPEN CHOIR MOVEMENT 2016
OPEN PROGRAM AT THE ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME
: LIVING CULTURE IN ACTION
Saturday, April 23th, 11am to 3pm – The Andrew Freedman Home
Free working session for whoever is interested: actors, singers. performers, musicians or individuals who just like to sing and interact!
In these free session — open to all kinds of performers and artists and to amateurs and interested youths and elders – led by Mario Biagini and members of the Open Program – participants will work with songs and materials currently explored by the Open Program team, primarily songs of tradition from African-American communities in the American South and Afro-Caribbean songs, a basis of the Workcenter practice since its beginnings in 1986. Participants will also explore the Workcenter’s unique physical training practices – which can be adapted to people of different ages and physical conditions – as a second fundamental avenue through which to approach the actor’s work. Sessions will take place at the Andrew Freedman Home.
The objective of the OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO is to pass on the tools of the actor’s craft as developed by the Workcenter over many years to approach the seed of an organic manifestation – in actions, reactions, interactions, intentions, contacts. What is the relation between the mind, the body and something that is neither mind nor body, something that we could call the heart?
Participants may, if they want, prepare in advance a short “acting proposition” -– a solo scene based on a song and/or on a text. This proposition should be repeatable and precise, with a beginning, middle, and end. The scenes will be worked by participants with guidance from Mario Biagini and Open Program team members.
For more information about THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO, and to register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come directly and join us for one of the sessions at the Andrew Freedman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452. Saturday, April 16th and 23th, from 11am to 3pm.
This spring, at the invitation of Walter Puryear and THE ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME, ten artists of the Open Program, hailing from eight different countries, will spend April 3rd to May 9th in residency in the Bronx, to continue developing their community* grassroots works with New Yorkers. Following several visits to NYC in the past 4 years, including this past fall’s Open Choir Movement 2015, Open Program returns to once again share the fruits of their artistic work with people from local communities through the Open Choir, work presentations, film screenings and The Open Program Studio, free workshops for professionals and amateurs.
Mario Biagini – Associate Director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Mario Biagini has been a central contributor to the practical research at the Workcenter for thirty years. Beginning very early in his residency at the Workcenter, Biagini was entrusted by Grotowski with artistic and pedagogical responsibilities that led him almost from the very beginning to direct a team at the Workcenter in which he worked not only as principal actor but also as director. As a well recognized director and teacher, Biagini is regularly invited to speak about his work and the Workcenter’s research and to lead workshops in prestigious schools and artistic institutions across Europe and the United States. Biagini has been a guest teacher or speaker in, among other countries, Italy, France, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Singapore, China, USA, Tunisia, UK, and Germany, and in prestigious institutions such as The Lincoln Center (New York, USA), The University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, USA), The New York University (New York, USA); Anne Bogart SITI company (New York, USA); John Jay College (New York, USA); La Sapienza University (Rome, Italy), University of Torino (Torino, Italy), La Sorbonne, (Paris, France), Le Collège de France (Paris, France), The Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, UK), Kent University (Canterbury, UK), and many others.