About the Seed Group…

We have a two-fold aim:

Our work aims towards achieving artistic competency and integrity, while searching for that something inside “art” that can only come alive relationally and in turn serve to enliven, strengthen, and bind a community by bringing people in unarmed contact with one another.

1) As curious artists, we pursue artistic research while continuously honing our craft. We are guided in this through our collaboration with the Open Program, whose artistic integrity and craftsmanship are internationally recognized and lauded. We meet regularly to work on songs drawn from the Open Program’s decades-long research and practice on Afro-Diasporic songs, particularly of the U.S. South. We, with the Open Program, recognize and approach these songs as vehicles for remembering, restoring, and nourishing the dignity, creativity, and unknown potentialities of human spirit. Thus, our work dovetails with that of the Open Program’s search to discover and articulate something which is perceived as being at the very core of theatre: the moment of immediate contact between human beings.

2) Drawing on over 40 years of combined individual experience of community work and mentorship, the Seed Group collaborates with the Open Program to bring our work on songs to a greater and more diverse community throughout NYC through a regular series of OPEN CHOIR encounters. We believe this work can serve to enliven, empower, and inspire individuals and communities, uncovering something essentially shared and precious in human experience.

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