I Am America (2010) – Timothy Hopfner, Marina Gregory, Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez, Lloyd Bricken. Photo by Stefano Roggero.

Workcenter’s Open Program

SOUND HALL and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) present

The Workcenter’s Open Program Yale Residency

SOUND HALL, in support of the Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY), will present a unique and exciting spring program of public events exploring the role of art in daily life.  The program will feature performances, workshops, public meetings and a symposium exploring the poetics of encounter. IPSY is partnering with the Eli Whitney Museum, INTERCAMBIO, Sound Hall, People’s Arts Collective of New Haven, as well as local artists and activists, to create dialogue and exchange between diverse New Haven communities.

The Workcenter’s Open Program centers on the very essence of theatre: the moment of meaningful contact between human beings. The group’s performances range from the raucous to the subtle and are constantly and undeniably infectious. The current works juxtapose the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, traditional songs from the south of the United States, and original compositions, through which the actors of the Open Program transform the poetic word into living action. André Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, My Dinner with André) writes: “I have not been able to get this beautiful work out of my head. The work is original, unique, passionate and filled with life. With the exception of Peter Brook’s work, it’s the only work I’ve truly loved in the last thirty years.”   All events are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  RSVP for your seat.  For more information, visit: http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/events/

RSVP http://ipsy.commons.yale.edu/performances-rsvp/

Program of Events

February 22 & 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (Cabaret-style performance) Calhoun Cabaret, 189 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS is a flow of songs and actions based on the poetry Allen Ginsberg.  Members of this international group elaborated and composed all of the songs, generating a stylistically diverse body of music, drawing inspiration from blues, rock, pop, punk, and traditional sources.

February 28 & March 1, 2013 – 8:00 PM, I AM AMERICA (Performance), Set built by children at the Eli Whitney Museum.  Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

I AM AMERICA brings the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to life in a performance with language culled from Ginsberg’s poetry as well as calls, shouts and traditional songs from the south of the United States. The performance unfolds around fragments of Ginsberg’s poem “America.”

March 2, 2013 – 11 AM – 4 PM, SYMPOSIUM: POETRY AS A PRACTICE OF ENCOUNTER Whitney Theater, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511

March 3, 2013 – 4 PM, ELECTRIC PARTY SONGS (An experiment in the potentialities of a party as a form of art) BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Special guest DJ: Dave Coon