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Friday 20 November 2020

National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

A virtual weekend of conversations and workshops!

Friday 20 November 2020

Art2Action and Pangea World Theater present the 2020 National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November.

Friday 20 November

Welcome to #NIDEC2020: Virtual Weekend
2 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 4 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 5 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Join us for a welcome hour to kick off our Virtual Institute Weekend! This session will include grounding with Sharon Day, an honoring of artistic ancestors, and an introduction to the history and context of the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation by Pangea World Theatre and Art2Action co-directors, Meena Natarajan, Dipankar Mukherjee, and Andrea Assaf. Get ready, get connected, get inspired for the weekend!

Equity in Ensemble & Collaboration
4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Moderated by Linda Parris-Bailey
Panelists: Keryl McCord, Nobuko Miyamoto, Sharon Day, Adelina Anthony
In recent years, the Institute has begun to include Racial Equity and Indigeneity trainings as part of our intensive process. As a program that has always centered artists of color, women and LGBTQ2+ artists, we found that when we come together across our communities, we still need to develop a shared analysis, language and understanding in order to collaborate equitably, support each other, and to build collective power. Join us for a panel reflection on this journey, and what we have learned.

Saturday 21 November

Morning Movement with Dora Arreola
9:30 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 11:30 a.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 12:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
At the Institute, we always begin the day’s process in our bodies, in creative movement together. (It may be morning, depending on your time zone!) Movement Theatre artist, director and teacher, Dora Arreola of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro leads our first daily movement on Saturday.

Master Class with Sharon Bridgforth
11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Sharon will offer participants a series of prompts rooted in some of the principles of theatrical jazz—the art of being present, deep listening, improvisation, innovation, virtuosity and ensemble-building. During our time together participants will write and collaboratively share work centered in the excavation/examination and sharing of personal stories-memories-Dreams-family histories-cultures and traditions. We do this knowing that art and Life are not separate . . . and that in focusing on strengthening our artistic voice and intentions - we can create the work/and the world that we most passionately envision.

#NIDEC2020 Open Mic
6 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 9 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Join co-hosts Andresia “Real” Moseley and Keila Anali Saucedo, for a special evening showcasing the talents of our Institute community!

Sunday 22 November

Morning Movement with Sandra Agustin
9:30 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 11:30 a.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 12:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)

A Conversation about Mentorship
11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Moderator: Alexandra Meda
Panelists: Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe & Kehinde Koyejo, Leslie Ishii and Kiki Rivera, Dipankar Mukherjee and Curtis Kirby III
In 2018, we began a new iteration of the Institute focused on Mentorship. Tune in for a conversation between Institute Mentors and Mentee artists about the experience, process, lessons, and impact. This session will also include a reflection on the weekend, and closing of our livestreamed events.

To learn more about the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, please visit:
www.art2action.org/directing-institute
www.pangeaworldtheater.org/directing-institute

Follow us on social media! #DirectingInstitute #NIDEC2020

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We are honored to hear from our elders as we close this session. Sharon Day, Nobuko Miyamoto and Linda Parris-Bailey!

Who would you like to bring into this space? Participants on zoom were instructed to write their name(s) it on a piece of paper to share, and will share on-screen.

Good Afternoon!

Welcome to the Mentorship Panel! Thanks for joining Pangea World Theater and Art2Action this weekend, this is the last live-streamed event of our Virtual National Directing Institute! Thanks so much to Moderator, Alexandra Meda, and panelists Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe & Kehinde Koyejo, Leslie Ishii and Kiki Rivera, Dipankar Mukherjee and Curtis Kirby III.

Join us later on for: A Conversation about Mentorship
11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5)
Moderator: Alexandra Meda
Panelists: Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe & Kehinde Koyejo, Leslie Ishii and Kiki Rivera, Dipankar Mukherjee and Curtis Kirby III
In 2018, we began a new iteration of the Institute focused on Mentorship. Tune in for a conversation between Institute Mentors and Mentee artists about the experience, process, lessons, and impact. This session will also include a reflection on the weekend, and closing of our livestreamed events.

To learn more about the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, please visit:
www.art2action.org/directing-…
www.pangeaworldtheater.org/di…

Follow us on social media! #DirectingInstitute #NIDEC2020

Good Morning Everyone,

The our Virtual National Directing Institute will start in just a few minutes with Morning Movement. Join Us now and for the rest of the day.

  • Sandra Agustin (Creative Consultant/Choreographer) has an extensive history of arts, social and racial justice and leadership. She is a native Minnesotan, the youngest child of a Filipino immigrant and 5th generation Euro-Minnesotan. Since the age of 9, she has professionally performed and taught dance, later moving into arts administration as director at Intermedia Arts where she curated, fundraised, managed and built relationships. She is a former co-artistic core member of Theater Mu where she acted, directed, choreographed over 20 shows and was an early member of the Asian American Renaissance. She has served as Artistic Director at the Neighborhood House and as Program Officer at the Minnesota State Arts Board helping Legacy dollars to flow into the State. She has been a facilitator-consultant conducting strategic planning to board development and has served on many non-profit boards including the Minnesota Dance Alliance, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and the Stuart Pimlser Dance and Theatre Company. As a teaching artist through the Children’s Theatre Company, Sandy has been part of a critical literacy, in-school program called Neighborhood Bridges and has helped develop curriculum for 3, 4 and 5 year-old early learners. Sandy is currently a member of a new arts-based evaluation cohort through TerraLuna Collaborative and is an artist-in-residence working with individuals creatively surviving beyond the labels of “homeless” and “addict.”

 

Video https://vimeo.com/110315272 (10 mins)
River See Excerpt, Filmed during the 2014
RIVER SEE WORLD PREMIERE @ Links Hall in Chicago
A National Performance Network (NPN) Residency
Preview: June 19, 7PM Performances: June 20 -21 7PM,
June 22 3PM, June 27 – 28 7PM, June 29 3PM.

CAST/CREW/PRODUCERS/DESIGENRS
Roell Schmidt/Links Hall – Executive Producer
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer
Sonja Parks – SEE
Mankwe Ndosi and Nia Witherspoon – Spirit Guides (Singers)
Ni’Ja Whitson and Jasmine Johnson – Egun (Dancers)
Marie Casimir – Chief (leads the Procession)
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Environment Designer

Look through your responses to the prompts that were offered earlier and find a story or a nugget that you want to follow. Find something in there and make a short bit out of it. You don't have much time so it will probably be a couple of sentences.

"In da River with River See" documentary https://youtu.be/sdQvxL6HzA4
by Daviel Shy focused on the making of the "River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation."

Filmed during the show's world premiere at Links Hall in Chicago (June 19-29, 2014), the film features the cast, designers and writer/composer Sharon Bridgforth. More at: http://riversee.com.

 

blood pudding https://youtu.be/-NZqQ4r0SCA

Written by: Sharon Bridgforth
Director: Laurie Carlos
Set Design: Leilah Stewart
Featuring: Djola Branner, Florinda Bryant, Renita Martin, Zell Miller, III, and Stacey Robinson. Produced by Frontera @ Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, Texas, Vicky Boone, Artistic Director. April 9, 1998.

What are some of the elements of storytelling that are part of your inheritance? That you use in your work right now?

What is your aesthetic? Take a moment to name your aesthetic — expansively. This is not about boxing. Make sure you note a little bit about what it is rooted in. What shapes and informs it?

Master Class Featuring Sharon Bridgforth

Prompt 1: Breathe into whoever feels most with you right now, thinking of ancestors, knowing that there are no veils, that the living and the dead coexist. Who of light and progress is most with you in the moment? What is one thing they said to you or are saying to you that resonates deeply? Pick one person and write down one thing that is really with you that they have shared with you and then take a moment and write the story of that. What is the story of that?

A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. A 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, the National Performance Network and is a New Dramatists alumnae. Sharon has served as a dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and has been in residence with: the NoVo Foundation; Thousand Currents; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; allgo, A Texas Statewide QPOC Organization; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Widely published, Sharon is Executive Producer and Host of the Who Yo People Is podcast series.

 

Excited to be online with Pangea World Theater and Art2Action for the 2020 Directing Institute! Thank you Sharon, for your strong, necessary words.