The Space Between: Listening and Relationship in Ensemble Performance

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Practice-as-Research, led by Hannah Chodos

Sundays, January 28 - February 18, 10am-1pm
$100-150 sliding scale

Hosted by Pieter Performance Space
420 West Avenue 33 #10, Los Angeles, CA 90031

This workshop will offer a series of exercises designed to cultivate listening in the context of ensemble performance. How can we train an active-receptive mode as performers so that we are centered and alive, and at the same time, open and receiving? How can we disrupt the logic-brain, and approach spoken text through our bodies? We will experiment with rhythm, harmony, and physical relationship as entryways to impulse, and to freedom in the body, voice, and imagination.

No experience required. Wear clothing you’re comfortable moving in, and bring some water. There will be opportunity to work with spoken language—participants are invited to learn a short piece of classical text (6-8 lines is plenty, more is good)—or whatever text you’re interested in. If English is not your first language, feel free to bring a text in whatever language you are comfortable speaking.

Hannah Chodos is a performer, director, and teaching artist from Los Angeles. She has been a member of the LA-based theater company, The Actors’ Gang, for 11 years, and continues to train and perform on their stage in Culver City and on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally. She holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, and an MA in Ensemble Theatre from Rose Bruford College (London), where she trained with the Polish theatre company, Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat Theatre). She has led workshops for performers at Dartmouth College, DePaul University, Walkabout Theatre, and at PAM. Hannah is a lead teaching artist and program manager with The Actors’ Gang’s Prison Project, bringing ensemble theatre into prisons in California and throughout the U.S. as a vehicle for rehabilitation. She is the director of Macbeth in Rhythm, which debuted at PAM Residencies, and went on to further development at VOXFest, Dartmouth College, and at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles as part of the 2017 Year of Macbeth.

 
Shadow Self

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Self-Reflection Workshop with Wizard Apprentice
Presented by Practical Records

Saturday January 27, 12pm - 3pm
$20-50 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Shadow Self is an interactive self-reflection-based skillshare led by musician and motion graphics artist Wizard Apprentice. We focus on the emotional, psychological and intuitive practice of "shadow work,” a self-care tool that engages with “undesired” emotions such as jealousy, embarrassment, rage, grief, fear, and heartbreak. Participants sample down-to-earth techniques that may be used for emotional pain management, increased self-awareness, and inner guidance. We discuss and practice several simple, accessible techniques including meditation, free-writing, and self-questioning. Together, we will create a space where “negative” emotions are treated with compassion and validated for their wisdom.

Wizard Apprentice is an independent singer-songwriter, video producer, and health educator based out of Sacramento, California. She is a standardized patient and teacher for organization Project Prepare, which offers services to medical students at California universities. She produces a monthly web series called Shadow Sundays, a personal vlog and skillshare about Shadow Work. She was a member of Bay Area Booking Collective, a temporary San Francisco Bay Area punk music collective that organized femme QTPOC DIY shows, and has facilitated workshops and community healing clinics for radical healers.

 
Don’t Take Me For Granted

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Grant Writing Workshop with Anna Luisa Petrisko
Presented by Practical Records

Saturday February 3, 12pm - 3pm
$20-50 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Looking for financial support for your project? Don’t be intimidated—there are ways to fundraise. Learn how to identify the right opportunities and assemble applications. We will practice writing grant applications and use peer review to help refine your project statement, narrative, budget, and work samples. You’ll take home a resource list of grants, residencies, and other opportunities both in the United States and abroad. This workshop is encouraged for all artists, musicians, collectives, and interdisciplinary creatives.

Anna Luisa Petrisko is a music and visual artist. From 2008 to 2017, she performed as Jeepneys, named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, a project which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic inquiry. Her art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. She has been artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Echo Park Film Center, Yaddo, and Los Angeles Performance Practice, and with her collective Black Salt, has received support from the Art Matters Foundation, Southern Exposure, SOMArts Cultural Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Upcoming in 2018, she will be presenting work at Verge Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and HomeLA.

 
Rich Glitch

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Analog Video Mixing and Graphics Workshop with Anna Luisa Petrisko
Presented by Practical Records

Saturday February 10, 12pm - 4pm
$60, limited to 10 participants

In this collaborative, interactive workshop we will journey through the realms of analog video mixing and graphics. Steered by our collective vision, we will use a vintage video mixer, live camera feed, and found footage to create new works of video art that you can use for all of your creative endeavors. We’ll view and discuss analog video examples through a feminist, POC, and queer lens. You’ll learn set-up and the basics about signal flow, effects, transitions, cameras, and lighting. Bring your own found footage on physical media (i.e. flash drive, VHS, DVD).

Anna Luisa Petrisko is a music and visual artist. From 2008 to 2017, she performed as Jeepneys, named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, a project which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic inquiry. Her art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. She has been artist-in-residence at the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Echo Park Film Center, Yaddo, and Los Angeles Performance Practice, and with her collective Black Salt, has received support from the Art Matters Foundation, Southern Exposure, SOMArts Cultural Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Upcoming in 2018, she will be presenting work at Verge Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and HomeLA.

 
For the Record

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DIY Tape Workshop with Peter Hernandez
Presented by Practical Records

Saturday February 17, 12pm - 5pm
$60, limited to 10 participants

Are you a sound artist interested in releasing your own music? We’ll use our in-house printers, tape duplicators, and cassettes to produce 10 original tapes of your recordings. You will learn how to mix your recordings for tape duplication, design tape labels and artwork. We’ll assemble our unique tapes together after producing all the materials ourselves. All materials provided. Please come with 30 minutes of recorded audio.

Peter Hernandez is a label manager and musician working as director of Practical Records and releasing music as Julius Smack. He has worked closely with dozens of musicians and poets to produce unique tapes, from the conceptual framework of their release to the design and distribution.