Saturday, October 20, 2012, 4:30pm-6pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
In association with Breaking the Silence Congo Week (http://congoweek.org/why-congo-week.html) and Syracuse University Office of the Arts
A discussion of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo and the current situation in the Congo with Ping Chong (Writer and Director), Kyle Bass (Syracuse Stage), Cyprien Mihigo (Cast Member), and Kambale Musavuli (National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo). Moderated by Carole Brzozowski (Office of the Arts, Syracuse University).
Undesirable Elements METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP
Techniques in devising community-engaged theater
Monday, October 22, 2012; 7pm-9pm
La MaMa Studios
Fee: $40 (includes the UE Workshop and 1 ticket to 1 performance in the UE Fest)
Ping Chong + Company offers a 2 hour workshop exploring techniques used in their interview-based theater project, the Undesirable Elements series. Participants will work with artists from Ping Chong + Company to learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities. This workshop for but not limited to performers, playwrights, directors, teaching artists, and arts activists. Space is limited.
Contact Jesca@pingchong.org to reserve your spot in this workshop. Deadline to register is Friday, October 12th.
SECRET SURVIVORS: USING THEATER TO BREAK THE SILENCE
Friday, October 26, 2012, 3pm-6pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
Includes special group rate of $15 for Secret Survivors performance that evening.
A screening of the documentary, Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence, followed by a panel discussion with the creators of the Secret Survivors project, Sara Zatz (Writer, Director), Amita Swadhin (Cast Member), Melanie Levy (filmmaker), Billye Jones Mulraine, LCSW (Kingsbridge Heights Community Center) and Sally MacNichol (CONNECT), focusing on the use of arts as an agent of change in the movement to end child sexual abuse.
In 2011, Ping Chong + Company was awarded a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women to develop an educational DVD and toolkit to accompany the live performance of Secret Survivors, as part of a new initiative to end child sexual abuse in the United States. This will be the first public screening of the documentary in New York City. The Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence documentary and toolkit, a resource for individuals and organizations working to end CSA, will be available for purchase on www.pingchong.org/secretsurvivors/toolkit and at the panel and festival.
In 1992, Ping Chong was working on a visual art installation at Artist Space, titled “A Facility for the Channeling and Containment of Undesirable Elements,” when the curator asked him to create an accompanying performance piece. Chong gathered a group of multi-lingual individuals and the first UE performance was born. Culturebot.org.moderates this panel event which revisits the interdisciplinary roots of UE by inviting practitioners from theater, dance, media and visual arts to participate in a discussion on current socially engaged practices. Panelists include Ping Chong, Michael Rohd (Sojourn Theater), Shay Wafter (651 Arts), Amy Smith (Headlong Dance Theater), and Gonzalo Casals (El Museo del Barrio). This event will be livestreamed through Culturehub.
Culturebot.org is a website devoted to cultural critique and the contemporary performing arts . Through previews, interviews, points of view and reviews, Culturebot provides a platform for dialogue and conversation around the performing arts, fostering new voices in critical writing and supporting thoughtful investigation of artists working across disciplines.
Click here for panelist bios.
Also join us for this special book launch event and anniversary performance:
UE 92/12: 20th Anniversary Commemorative Performance
TCG Playwrights in Conversation series at The Greene Space
Monday, November 26, 2012
UE 92/12: 20th Anniversary Commemorative Performance will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Undesirable Elements, a series of community-specific theatre works that examine the lives of people born into one culture but living in another, either by choice or circumstance. Ping Chong, the Obie Award-winning creator of the series, along with special guests Saul Alvina, Angel Gardner, Leyla Modirzadeh and Tania Salmen – all previous participants in UE productions – will perform a special commemorative performance of the Undesirable Elements anniversary production by Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks for one night only. Following the performance, Alisa Solomon, director of Columbia’s Arts & Culture M.A. program at the Journalism School, will moderate a discussion and Q&A. Concluding with a book signing, the evening will also launch the publication of Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives. Real Theater., a collection of four Undesirable Elements scripts.
The Greene Space has partnered with TCG to present TCG Playwrights in Conversation, a series of events featuring TCG authors and featured artists. The evenings will be part of The Greene Space initiative "A New Theater of Sound.”