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I’ll Take You There Summer Creation Intensive: In the Summer of 2019 Lionheart Live Arts & Youth Theatre will begin a multi-week project in collaboration with The New Ballet Ensemble & School and The Stax Museum. This project begins with a 3-week creation intensive that will offer daily workshops in writing, improvisation, and physical theatre under the mentorship of local and nationally acclaimed guest artists.
Devising is a method of theatre-making in which the performance originates from a collaborative process by a performing ensemble. In short, YOU will create the performance with your peers. This summer, we want you to be part of the ensemble!
We are currently recruiting young people from the Soulsville and New Ballet community that have experience in dance, theatre, spoken word and music to co-create a piece that will premiere Oct 19th at the Soulsville USA Festival.
Our faculty and guest artists will help you shape your ideas, moves, and sounds into your own performance. This intensive will explore themes of personal and community narratives and using the legacy of Stax and Hi Records, as well as the community of Soulsville for our inspiration.
A typical day during the intensive might entail:
*Daily Warm-ups: warming up our voice, body, and mind so we can be ready to create exciting new theatre!
*Improvisation and Ensemble Building Techniques: In order to create together, we will go through a series of activities to build concentration and create a performance language as a team along with a series of improv exercises to generate material.
*Autobiographical Interview Methods: We will interview each other as well as take some personal writing time to generate text and explore the power of personal narratives and learn how to take them from the page to the stage!
Community Narratives: Integrating interviews from Stax/Hi/Soulsville artists into ideas for your performance
Ensemble Creation Times - Throughout the intensive, you and your own ensembles will have opportunities to create material for the stage as a team. Faculty will be there to support you, but the work will come from all of you together. At the end of the intensive, this will be the piece you will get ready to perform in the October Soulsville USA festival.
Master Classes: Each week we will have a national guest artist come and work with you to share their artistic practice as well as mentor you and your ensemble with your piece
Visiting Guests Artists (More announced soon!)
SOUL TENT STORIES: A RADICAL LISTENING WORKSHOP Writer/performer Anu Yadav will facilitate a workshop series for youth on how to listen across differences of identity through arts-based tools of radical listening, image theater and writing exercises. She will also share excerpts from her traveling project SOUL TENT STORIES, a collaboration with community organizing groups of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and begun in partnership with the DC Public Library in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 Poor People's Campaign.
CREATING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TEXT AND MOVEMENT: Micheal Medcalf: This workshop teaches young people how to develop any text into movement through the Inscription Method process. Informed by years of creative research, University of Memphis Assistant Professor of Dance, Michael Medcalf has developed a process by which to generate movement vocabulary, resulting in unique and engaging choreography. In this workshop, Medcalf will guide participants through the fundamentals of the process via a series of exercises and tasks leading to the development a short solo phrase with the potential of maturing into a complete solo work.
Emily Marks spent her early career in Memphis as a musician, student and teaching artist and credits this time in the city for leading her on a path to collaborating with young people. She is the founder and director of Lionheart Live Arts and Youth THeatre. She is a Kennedy Center Citizen ARtist Fellow, an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Wesleyan Institute of Curatorial Practice in Performance, She has received additional training from Pig Iron Theatre, Ping Chong and Company, and Sojourn Theatre
Alicia Ester is an emerging artist from Southern Mississippi. Upon her recent college graduation, she decided to take a risk and pursue her dream of acting. She has since worked with Hattiloo Theatre, The Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Princeton James Productions and is excited about her upcoming role in the new Netflix series “Uncorked” directed by Prentiss Penny. Alicia is deeply committed to working in the community and has a personal mission to expose young people to the pathways of possibilities through the arts.
Brooke Sarden is a writer, director and teaching artist who believes in the power of art for social justice. She is trained in the methods of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO), developed by Augusto Boal, which uses theatre as a means of promoting social and political change. As an actor, director and facilitator, she has worked with Hattiloo Theatre, Playback Memphis, Theatre South and numerous youth initiatives across the city.
Julia Hinson is excited to move back to Memphis and loves working with young people to develop performance skills for the body, the voice and the imagination. She is the artistic director of LoneTree Live which has performed new work all over the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a director, deviser, teacher and producer. Most recently she received her MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School in the UK.
Students must commit to the entire project in order to be part of the intensive.
- Creation Intensive: July 8 through 26: 9 to 5pm Daily.
- Fall Rehearsals: Every other Friday beginning August 22 Through Oct 19.
- Final performance: is Oct 19 for the Soulsville Usa festival.
STIPEND: AS an honorarium for all the time you are committing as well as the contribution to your creative ideas, we will honor your work with a small financial stipend.
Applications Live : APPLY HERE
Auditions. April 26 New Ballet Ensemble
May 3rd The Stax Music Academy