NYC Open Choir Movement 2016

Open Program at the Andrew Freedman Home: Living Culture in Action

Dear NYC,

Our friends from across the pond are back in NYC for more Open Choirs and other events at the Andrew Freedman Home and West-Park Presbyterian Church. The first Open Choir starts this Wednesday, October 5th at West-Park @ 7pm in the big sanctuary.  We hope the see you there!

For more information about the residency and the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, follow the links! The Open Program  & Residency Dates. All events are free and open to the public.

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NYC Open Choir Movement 2016!

Dear old friends and new,

The Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards is back in NYC for a first, of two, residencies in 2016 at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx.

OPEN PROGRAM AT THE ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: LIVING CULTURE IN ACTION

We will be holding weekly Open Choir there, and also, at our home at West Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

There will also be performances of THE HIDDEN SAYINGSa potluck welcome called BREAKING BREAD, free classes at the Andrew Freedman Home called the OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO, a film screening, and we are reviving the successful  ONE DAY – A FESTIVAL from last fall, to bring together communities and music and dance under one roof!

For more detailed information, find the Open Program on Facebook.

Check out all the upcoming events below, see you soon!

The NYC Seed Group

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Thank you!

To all of the friends old and new that joined us during the past two months of Open Choirs and other events — and to our friends from West-Park Presbyterian who hosted myriad events, our friends from St. Augustine who continue to shower us with their generosity and wisdom, and our friends from the Open Program who have now flown our coop: Thank you for singing with us, talking with us, eating with us… We look forward to the next time around.

(If you have anything you’d like to tell us or ask us, feel free to write us at: seedgroupnyc@gmail.com)

-The NYC Seed Group

Open Choir at The Bronx Museum of the Arts – 11/11

Join us this Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5-8pm at The Bronx Museum of the Arts for our first Open Choir in the Bronx! There will be food, conversation and a lot of singing. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Take the B or sometimes D to 167th St. or the 4 to 161st St/Yankee Stadium. The museum is at 1040 Grand Concourse between 165th and 166th Streets.

If you might want to support this exciting month of programming — and learn more about the Open Choir — please visit HERE.

See the full list of activities below or HERE. Come join us!

Open Choir: Thursday 10/29

Come sing with the NYC Seed Group, the Open Program, and other friends this Thursday at West-Park Presbyterian — 86th and Amsterdam — at 7pm.

A lot of people have been pouring out blood, sweat, and tears to bring these events to the public; we could use all the help we can get to make this endeavor viable. If you might want to support this exciting month of programming — and learn more about the Open Choir — please visit HERE.

See the full list of activities below or HERE. Come join us!

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Electric Party Songs – 10/24 Industry City Distillery

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A flow of poetry in song and action based on texts of Allen Ginsberg, songs from the American South, and original compositions. 


October 24th, 8:30pm
Industry City Distillery Tasting Room
33 35th St., 6th Fl., Brooklyn
Co-presented by Holes in the Wall Collective

You can support this exciting month of programming by visiting HERE. See the full list of activities HERE.

Electric Party Songs is a flow of poetry in song and action, performed in different spaces and contexts: in bars, night clubs, hospitals, private homes, courtyards or gardens, in an informal and crowded context or in a space with a more intimate character, inviting and welcoming the spectators into close proximity to the center of the action. Every presentation of Electric Party Songs proposes a different selection and succession of performing materials, giving life each time to an unique and surprising encounter.

Electric Party Songs’ materials and actions are drawn from a deep well of material created by the Open Program’s members; some of the actions and the musical compositions that are utilized in Electric Party Songs are based on poetic texts by Allen Ginsberg; others stem from traditional African-American songs of the U.S. South. This work explores the ways these songs can trigger performative processes and their potentialities of catalyzing interactions.

How can this meeting — which can take the form of a recognizing of each other, a flash of remembering, a sense of familiarity — flow among the people present there and transform the quality of the space among them? When this content is shared, how do human relationships change?

See photos of Electric Party Songs and read more information HERE.

Poetic texts by Allen Ginsberg; Music by Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards; Coordinated by Mario Biagini. For the Allen Ginsberg texts, Copyright © by the Allen Ginsberg Trust, used with permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.
http://www.theworkcenter.org www.drinkicd.com http://www.holesinthewallcollective.org

NYC OPEN CHOIR MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN!

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We had a great time at this season’s first Open Choir last week. Join us again this Thursday, 7-9pm at West-Park.

Only a couple of spots remain to train with Mario Biagini at the Open Program Studio — four classes only. For information, click here: THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO Weekly Class 2015.

Come see The Hidden Sayings at West-Park on the evening of October 23 and the morning of November 1 — and come see Electric Party Songs at the Industry City Distillery Tasting Room on October 24 at 8:30pm.

See the full list of activities HERE.

You can support this exciting month of programming — and learn more about the Open Choir — by visiting HERE.