Teaching a workshop at The Chocolate Factory
fri may 14 :: 11AM - 3PM
sat may 15 :: 11AM - 3PM
Self Scripting in Song
Level: Advanced Beginner
Multiple Obie and Bessie Award-winning performance artist Cynthia Hopkins will lead a workshop in self-scripting, guiding students through the process of mining their own experiences for material and then translating that material into performance. Students will be encouraged to use multiple tools of performance – including text, dance, costume, and especially music - but no musical skill is required to take the class, as music is a tool ANYONE can use. In particular, the workshop will encourage students to explore the use of song as a form of performative communication. This is a class in creative exploration, for those interested in devising their own music-performance works.
Cynthia Hopkins is the recipient of the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, honoring her work as a writer, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the ensemble company Accinosco (www.accinosco.com)
with whom she has created The Accidental Trilogy: Accidental Nostalgia (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don't Whip 'Um (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). These works feature the band Gloria Deluxe (www.gloriadeluxe.com)
, which Ms. Hopkins formed in 1999 and which has since produced seven full-length albums and performed at numerous venues in New York City and elsewhere. Ms. Hopkins is currently at work on a new piece titled The Truth: A Tragedy, commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyons, France (where it is scheduled to premiere in March 2010) and Soho Rep in NYC (where you can check it out in May 2010).