NYC Open Choir Movement 2015! October 8 – November 20

On October 8th,  we will resume our weekly Open Choir gathering at West-Park Presbyterian Church, Thursdays 7-9pm — with culminating singing and discussion events November 19-21. Members of the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards are returning to NYC from Italy for these events and an expanded season of programming, including an Open Choir at the Bronx Museum and other new locations. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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

Train with Mario Biagini at the Open Program Studio — four classes only. For information, click here: THE OPEN PROGRAM STUDIO Weekly Class 2015.



Announcing Upcoming Workshop….

Practical Workshop on Intentional Action: Improvisation with Structural Elements

led by Mario Biagini
Associate Director of the
Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards


Since Stanislavsky, we can understand behavior as a complex phenomenon based on the dynamic relationship we have with the world around us. This relationship exists through actions, contacts, intentions, spoken or sung words and associations. A practical understanding of the complex and yet simple nature of action can be seen as the core of the actor’s practice.

How does one approach it and access it organically? How to let this stream of behavior develop, grow and extend? What is the relation between composition and structure on one side and spontaneity and organic flow on the other?


The objective of the workshop is to utilize the tools of the actor’s craft to search for intentionally articulated organic behavior. We will explore essential elements of the actor’s craft such as organicity, relation, contact, impulse, intention, action, and reaction as the students explore the fundamental difference between movement and action. Under the direction of Mario Biagini, who closely worked with Grotowski from 1986 till Grotowski’s death in 1999, the workshop participants will work on “acting propositions.” Biagini will guide students in experiencing first-hand the basic aspects of the practical research at the Workcenter.

In advance of the workshop, each participant is asked to prepare a 3-minute “acting proposition,” based on either a song or a short text from any genre, including plays, poetry, and prose. Alternatively, participants can also choose to utilize both a song and a text, inside the same “acting proposition.” The “acting proposition” should be a repeatable draft, with a beginning, a development and an end: a short performance with its own inner dramaturgy. These “acting propositions” will be further worked upon and developed during the workshop.

Feel free to bring significant objects or clothes needed for the “acting propositions”.

The workshop will be held over two weekends at Brooklyn College 

Feburary 21 & 22, 10-4pm

Feburary 28 & March 1, 10-4pm

Price is $300 for 1 weekend or $540 for both weekends

If you have any questions, please email

For more information on the Open Program and the Workcenter, please visit or

Open Choir Starts Up Again in NYC

Once a week, every Thursday, for two months!
Dates: Thursdays, 7-9 pm, January 15th – March 12th, at West Park Presbyterian Church (165 West 86th Street)

The first encounter is on January 15th. Come!!! And sing with us!!!!

We have the pleasure to inform you that our friends of the Open Program are back in New York for a residency January to March 2015. It is the goal of the Open Program to create in New York City contexts for working with old and new friends and the possibilities for developing new works.

In collaboration with West Park Presbyterian Church and the Seed Group, Open Program, will go ahead laying the seeds of new kinds of community in NYC by continuing Open Choir: a non-sectarian, weekly encounter through song, open to all. 

Please wear warm, elegant clothes, as for a party with friends or for a special occasion! There is no need to make a reservation. 

Spread the word! Bing your friend! Your help informing your friends about our project and these weekly sessions is essential to us, and we will be very grateful if each of you could share this information to your contacts and to your friends who would be interested.

We thank you in advance! Kind wishes to you all! 

For questions regarding these sessions: or with the subject: OPEN CHOIR NYC

“For information about the entire program, please visit: or

Continuing the work…

After our lively and successful first Public Discussion: PERFORMING (and) THE SACRED, a living exploration of artistic and community practices at West Park Presbyterian with the Open Program this past July, we have all continued our work in different directions.  The Seed Group continues to sing at our home at West-Park and one of our members is in Italy with the Open Program working on the research more intensely, searching for funding and sunflowers.

Public Discussion: PERFORMING (and) THE SACRED, a living exploration of artistic and community practices at West Park Presbyterian

Public Discussion: PERFORMING (and) THE SACRED, a living exploration of artistic and community practices at West Park Presbyterian Church