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WILL BE HEARD: Performance and Public Conversation on Mass Incarceration
November 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pmFree
A free event featuring a participatory performance created by the Open Program and members of various NYC communities, followed by an interactive event to inform, organize, and take action — including generating local, practical initiatives for opposing mass incarceration and supporting its victims locally. All are welcome — from those working in the struggle, to those affected by the criminal justice system, to those who know little about the circumstances of mass incarceration in the USA.
Participating organizations include JustLeadership USA, The Stella Adler Outreach Division, The Bronx Defenders, The Black Panther Commemoration Committee NY, and The Incarcerated Nation.
4:00pm – Will Be Heard, performance created by the Open Program and New Yorkers
5:30pm – Public Conversation on Mass Incarceration in the U.S.A.
7:30-9:30pm – Dinner and Information Fair
Come at any time!
For more information: www.facebook.com/openprogram
This Public Conversation — the fourth held at West Park by the Open Program and Seed Group — will include direct witnesses as well as representatives from organizations that provide support and services for people impacted by the “criminal justice” system — and people working to change that system. The event is an opportunity to make connections among community members, students, activists, and organizations working in the field; for people in need of support to connect with it; and, for those of us who have not been affected by mass incarceration, to learn what we can do.
Will Be Heard is the performative fruit of ongoing collaboration between the Italy-based Workcenter’s Open Program and diverse individuals and organizations from New York City. We come together through stories, poetry, rap, songs, and dance. We bring our voices to encounter one another, building community through the arts and through a commitment to freedom and justice for all.
The Open Choir Movement, begun in January 2014 at West-Park Presbyterian Church by the Open Program, comprises several branches of work: the creation and ongoing development of the NYC Seed Group, a collection of New Yorkers drawn together by the work of the Open Program, who continue work on songs of tradition on an ongoing basis; the public event known as the Open Choir, a free, hybrid performance/social-event in which all present can join in the singing of a flow of songs, led by the Open Program and Seed Group; and contact with living NYC communities. These activities are centered mainly at The Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx and West-Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, now under the auspices of The Center at West Park.
The Open Choir Movement 2017 is made possible by the support of The Andrew Freedman Home, Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Great Globe Foundation, The Center at West Park, The Stella Adler School of Acting, The NYC Seed Group, One World Foundation, Incarcerated Nation.
Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards
The Open Program is one of two teams of The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, a world-renowned performing arts research center, founded by the famous Polish director, Jerzy Grotowski in 1986 in Tuscany, and currently active within the structure of Fondazione Teatro della Toscana, Italy, the other team being The Focused Research Team in Art as Vehicle, led by Thomas Richards. For over a decade, the Open Program, guided by Mario Biagini, Associate Director of the Workcenter, has been researching the possibilities of interpersonal action and interaction enabled through work with performative elements. In its work, the Open Program continue the over 30-year-old research tradition of the Workcenter. Mario Biagini has worked for 12 years with Jerzy Grotowski till his death in 1999, and has been at the Workcenter since its beginnings in 1986. www.theworkcenter.org