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THE JUDAICA PROJECT Workshop: Introduction to Songwork

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THE JUDAICA PROJECT Workshop: Introduction to Songwork

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Workshop: Introduction to Songwork
As part of JUDAICA: EMBODIED LABORATORY FOR SONGWORK
October 18th, 2017 10am-1pm
suggested donation sliding scale $15-$35 (no one will be turned away)
presented by The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice
co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia

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Workshop: Introduction to Songwork
As part of JUDAICA: EMBODIED LABORATORY FOR SONGWORK
October 18th, 2017 10am-1pm
suggested donation sliding scale $15-$35 (no one will be turned away)

presented by The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice
co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia

any one, any level, any discipline. 

This workshop will introduce the extended songwork practice developed by the Judaica project. Participants will work with jewish songs in a variety of languages and discover how the act of singing can transform bodies and spaces. We will explore relationships between harmony and rhythm, body and voice, individual and group, identity and technique. Based on the interests and backgrounds of the participants we may also investigate issues of cultural authority and appropriation, intellectual property, and participatory coauthorship in the digital age.

The Judaica project (Ben Spatz, US; Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Turkey; Agnieszka Mendel, Poland) is a laboratory for new embodied technique at the crossroads of experimental performance, critical identity politics, and ethnomusicological archives. We work with jewish songs from all over the world in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Turkish, Luganda, English, and other languages. In Philadelphia we will present all facets of our research through a live lecture performance as well as a practical workshop and video screenings. Come explore songwork, theatrical creation, and embodied research in this multi-faceted theatre/laboratory event.

Check out the other JUDAICA: EMBODIED LABORATORY FOR SONGWORK Philadelphia events -- Screening at Shebang and performance and panel discussion at FringeArts. 

TEAM BIOS

Ben Spatz is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at University of Huddersfield; author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research (Routledge 2015); editor of the new videographic Journal of Embodied Research; and 2016-2018 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow with the project ‘Judaica: An Embodied Laboratory for Song-Action’. Recent talks and workshops include ‘What is a song?’ (The British Library), ‘Beyond Performer Training’ (University of Kent), ‘Reading Grotowski in the Anthropocene’ (University of the Arts Helsinki), and ‘Future Documents: Video Epistemology and Embodied Research’ (University of Manchester; University of Aberdeen).

Nazlıhan Eda Erçin is a performer, researcher and educator, working at the intersection of practice as research, physical theatre, non-stylized somatic movement, gender and performance studies. She holds a BA degree in Sociology with a Minor in Political Science from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), an MA degree in Performance Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (USA) as a Fulbright Alumni, and is currently a PhD candidate in Drama/Performance Practice at the University of Exeter (UK) funded by College of Humanities International Studentship. Prior to her PhD research, she worked with ODTU Oyuncuları / METU Players (Ankara), Ankara Sanat Tiyatrosu / Ankara Art Theatre (Ankara), Cornerstone Theater Company (LA) and Double Edge Theatre (Massachusetts) where she developed a growing interest in body-centered performance methodologies.

Agnieszka Mendel is a singer, actress, ethnologist, voice and theatre teacher. She is fascinated by the possibilities of the human voice and uses songs from many cultures to search for vocal techniques and emotionality. She has trained in Hindustani Vocal Music at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi and at the Natural Voice Perfection Institute. For 15 years she was closely associated with the Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices in Poland where she played leading roles in the performances Metamorphosis, Elektra, Ifigenia in A..., Ifigenia in T...,and Pythian Oratorio, and conducted many workshop sessions for actors and singers from around the world. Poet and composer, co-author and performer of her own music and theater projects, she is the beneficiary of several artistic scholarships and awards for achievements in the arts and the protection and promotion of cultural goods.

For more information, additional events, and multimedia documentation, please visit: www.urbanresearchtheater.com